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1969 Spoiler and Spoiler II

Several years ago I received some great information from a regular visitor to this website. Unlike many collectors, he wanted to share the information he had collected. Diego Rosenberg emailed me a large number of Marti Reports for Spoiler and Spoiler II cars. This information provided some new VINs for Spoiler and Color Code (Pre-Spoiler) cars that were not previously in the Registry. These Reports also helped with providing additional information regarding the selling dealerships info on several cars that we did not previously have.

One complaint I have about the car world is the secrecy that exists around certain data. Some collectors seem to think if they keep secrete rare information they have it will make them more important. They seem to bask in the thought that they know something others don’t know. I happen to believe if you have found missing information and don’t share it with others you are cheating yourself and everyone else. The more we share our information the more “gaps” that will be filled in the history of our cars.

I try to keep building on the information I have obtained from Marti Reports and similar historical document others have given me. I encourage you to review the following information and help us answer some of our questions. If you have any special data obtained through a special Marti research report I hope you will share it with us. If you have any other historical data or information I encourage you to also pass that along for us to share with others. I will always give credit to individuals that share. However, before I can include it in any post on this website, I must verify the data with a copy of the Marti Report you provide or other documentation. It is simply too easy for anyone to claim certain information was obtained through a Marti Report or other sourse without supporting documentation. I have seen far too many cars claimed to be a very rare one of one simply because of some strange combination of options. They may be rare but are they really important to the history of the cars?

Below we have provided some numbers and answers, but also asked you several questions. If you look at the Marti Report for your Spoiler or Spoiler II and find something unsual, copy or scan it and email me ( a copy we can begin to fill in the questions below and I believe we will all be better informed.

Here is what we have compiled to date as it relates to the Mercury Cyclone, Spoiler and Spoiler II cars.

-117,421 1969 Mercury Montegos and Cyclones were produced.

Of Those:

-6,968 were Cyclone Fastbacks.

    • Of these 218 were Dan Gurney Spoiler IIs and 285 were Cale Yarborough Spoiler IIs; 352 were Dan Gurney Spoilers and 617 were Cale Yarborough Spoilers.
      • 41 Cale Yarborough Spoilers were built with 428 Ram Air engines, of those 22 had automatic transmissions. There were 20 Cale Yarborough Spoilers built with 428 SCJ Ram Air engines.
      • 32 Dan Gurney Spoilers were built with 428 CJ engines; of those, 16 Dan Gurney Spoilers were built with 428 CJ Ram Air engines. 5 of these were built with SCJ engines.

-1275 total Spoiler and Spoiler II cars were built.

-How many were Color Code/Pre-Spoilers were built? How many 428 CJ? Any SCJ?

-218 Dan Gurney Spoiler II cars were built, one was heater delete. Any others built with an option or option delete?

-285 Cale Yarborough Spoiler II cars were built. One was heater delete. Any others built with an option or option delete?

(Does anyone know where the Cale Yarborough heater delete car is now? I am extremely interested in finding and documenting this car.)

More questions?

You bet there are. How many of each had air conditioning? How many had bucket seats? How many of the Spoilers did not have blue or red interior? (They could have any interior color found in a regular Cyclone! I have an original black bucket seat Spoiler.)


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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