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How Many Spoilers Are Left?

1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler

In 1969 Mercury built 969 Cyclone Spoilers. As most of you know, there were two versions, 617 red and white Cale Yarborough Specials and 352 Dan Gurney Specials. There has been very little change in the number of cars Registered since 2021.

As of January 1, 2022, our Registry contained 22 Registered Dan Gurney Spoilers and 30 Cale Yarborough Spoilers (2 additional cars were Registered but were confirmed junked. Only non-junked cars were counted in these totals). 11 other Spoilers were found but not Registered or documented.

Registered Cars by Condition

Dan Gurney

  • Condition # 1 = 1
  • Condition # 2 = 5
  • Condition # 3 = 3
  • Condition # 4 = 4
  • Condition #5 = 8
  • Condition # 6 = 0
  • Not Provided = 1
  • Total: = 22

Cale Yarborough

  • Condition # 1 = 0
  • Condition # 2 = 9
  • Condition # 3 = 7
  • Condition # 4 = 5
  • Condition # 5 = 8
  • Condition # 6 = 1
  • Total: 30

Registered By Optional Engines

R = 428 CJ Ram Air; Q = 428 CJ; S = 390 M = 351

Dan Gurney

  • R Code =2
  • Q Code =1
  • S Code = 6
  • M Code =13
  • Total = 22

Cale Yarborough

  • R Code = 4
  • Q Code = 1
  • S Code = 4
  • M Code = 21
  • Total = 30

Summary

What does all this mean? Spoilers are RARE! In the approximately 10 years this Registry has been in existence, we have been able to only document:

  • We can document the existence of only 40 Cale Yarborough Cyclone Spoilers. (10 not Registered)
  • We can document the existence of only 22 Dan Gurney Cyclone Spoilers.
  • If you want a 428 R Code we know of only 4 Cale Yarborough cars and 2 Dan Gurney cars. (There may be a couple of more in the Found but undocumented list of none-Registered cars.)
  • If you are looking for a number 1 or number 2 Condition Spoiler, there are only 15 cars listed in the Registery as being number 1 or 2 by their owners!
  • Take a second and think about this for a minute: Mercury only built 969 Cyclone Spoilers, EVER. Of the 617 red and white Cale Yarborough Specials built, we can only document that 30 survive, approximately 5%! Of the 352 Dan Gurney Specials built, we can only document the existence of 22, approximately 6%! Every one of these cars in #1 or #2 condition should be worth $100,000 or more for the big blocks!
  • It is not uncommon to see a 1969 Z28 Camaro sell for $75,000 to $150,000 and there were an astonishing 20,302 Z/28 Camaros built in 1969!

Richard

Some of my first and strongest memories from my childhood relate to cars. I still remember when things happened based on what car I was driving at the time. I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I was a Corvette fanatic for years but then re-discovered vintage American Muscle. My wife, Katrina, and I decided we wanted to focus on unique and rare muscle cars. After a lot of research we fell in love with the Ford Blue Oval Aero Cars. These were only built in 1969 and and aerodynamics became an important part of winning races. The only purpose of these limited production cars was to win NASCAR races using the Boss 429 and 427 power plants complimented with a special, wind cheating, aerodynamic body. The Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II are terrific and historic cars. This site is devoted to these car and their owners past and present. We provide an Online Registry for recording the long term history and ownership of every remaining Talladega, Spoiler and Spoiler II.

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