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Ford Historical Documents; Jan 31, 1969

When this site was originally established well over 10 years ago, we began with a review of some of the original Historical Documents we could find. These often led to more questions than answers. Today, we still do not know everything, but these documents do provide some answers. First up is this News Release dated January 31, 1969. In previous posts, we mentioned that Bill France was concerned about the public’s ability to purchase these cars prior to the Riverside and Daytona 500 races. This News Release solved that concern, but not the one over the Boss 429 engine or the Mercury Spoiler II.

Talladega News Release

The following letter to NASCAR dated March 13, 1969, appears to provide NASCAR with the necessary Invoices to approve the Boss 429 engine and Spoiler II for competition. This letter also contains reference to the often mentioned but poorly documented 100 Spoiler II “on track” “Drive-a-way” program at the Atlanta race. Also interesting to note is that this states the wings on these cars were being installed at the factory. Because these cars were being “delivered” to their new owner, the wings were not left in the trunk! I wonder if that included the steering wheel wrap and decals.

Boss 429 and Spoiler II Letter to NASCAR 

The following letter dated March 25, 1969, to all Mercury dealers also adds some additional information on the Spoiler history. From January to March, the Spoiler was only available to dealers in “selected test districts”. However, after that, they were available nationwide. This letter does not seem to address the Spoiler II, which began production on February 1, 1969.

Spoiler Goes Nationwide


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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