This is a Color Code car and it has Ram Air. Most Color Code cars will not have a hood scoop. All Spoilers will have a hood scoop but only Ram Air cars will have functional scoops.
The 1969 Mercury Cyclone Color Code cars are some of the least know cars in the Registry. We are just now starting to learn about them. Since these cars were actually not even discovered until just a few years ago. Many don’t even know what they are. We are still learning about these cars almost every day and have only just begun to get VINs on them. I get calls on a regular basis from fellows who think they have a Cale Yarborough Spoiler but it doesn’t have a hood scoop, wing or decals. We walk through the numbers to determine what it is.
As best we can determine all Color Code Cyclones were built in late 1968 as early production 1969 cars. They are regular Cyclones and DO NOT have the Spoiler option. It is assumed that these cars can be equipped in any way you could build a regular Cyclone plus a special color code would have been ordered that resembled the later Cale Yarborough (red over white) or Dan Gurney (blue over white) Spoilers. Just a note, I have yet to find a validated Dan Gurney Color Code car. I assume they exist but no one has brought one to me yet.
After the factory began to produce the Spoilers on January 1, 1969 there would have been no need for the Color Code option. (We do not believe this was an option as such but merely a special paint code ordered by the dealer or the retail buyer at an extra cost. However, we have no information to prove this.)
Color Code cars will not have a rear spoiler/wing and Spoilers may or may not have them.
The Color Code cars will not have the hood scoop unless they are Ram Air cars and will not have the rear spoiler/wing. They will also not have the Yarborough or Gurney “signature” decals or “Spoiler” decals on the rear fenders. However, any owner could have added these over the years thing they had a real Spoiler. If you are looking at a possible Spoiler MAKE SURE YOU CHECK THE DATE CODE ON THE DATA PLATE to make sure the car was built in calendar year 1969. If it has a 1968 build date it is most likely a Color Code car.
All owners are encouraged to obtain a Marti Report to verify weather their car is a Spoiler or Color Code car.
Owning a Color Code car is not a bad thing. It is also very rare just simply not a Spoiler. At the current time we have no information on the total production of Color Code cars.
If you have any additional information on these cars or help clarify any of our assumptions PLEASE pass it along to us. Send to: Richard@TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com
Any interior available in a Cyclone could be found in a Color Code car.