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Previously, we told you about several Aero Cars that were going to 2022 Indy Mecum Auction. Speculation was mixed regarding what to expect due to the wild numbers muscle cars were bringing at auctions earlier in the year but inflation and lingering Covid issues threatened to derail any growing values. The Mecum Indy Auction also scheduled the biggest collection of Ford/Mercury Aero Cars ever seen at one time. The Ray Evernham collection of race cars also added to the anticipation. The results are in and, as usual, there is no clear conclusion. However, values do seem to be still climbing.

There were two Talladega cars, two Mercury Cyclone Spoiler IIs (one Cale Yarborough and one Dan Gurney) plus the King Cobra once owned by Bud Moore plus a highly optioned Hemi Daytona, the first NASCAR Daytona to record over 200mph on track and a few Superbirds. That is quite a collection of cars for sale in one location.

The Daytona and Talladegas sold on Friday. The Daytona brought in $1,320,000 including fees. A maroon Talladega sold for $51,700 while a white one with incorrect hood pins was a no sale at $55,000. The number 88 200+mph Daytona race car brought $550,000 while the David Pearson number 17 Torino brought $187,000. On Saturday the Cale Yarborough Spoiler II with incorrect stripe on the side and glossy black incorrect hood scoop sold for $79,200 and the Dan Gurney Spoiler II sold for $82,500. As for the two Superbirds they both sold for over $200,000.

Although the Ford products seem to be increasing in value they are a long ways from the MOPARs. My personal take away is that the rarity of the Mercury cars is more than making up for the larger 428 CJ engine in the Talladega! It would have been very interesting to have seen a Spoiler 428 CJ or SCJ go through the auction at the same time as these other cars.

What is your take on these results?

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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