Mercury Cyclone

Following David Pearson’s 1968 NASCAR championship, Ford Motor Company engineers paid increased attention to aerodynamics and made large strides in speed and stability, creating some of the most famous stock cars in NASCAR history. Although the basic Mercury Cyclone and Ford Torino fastback bodies worked very well on shorter tracks, their large, squared-off frontal areas and recessed grilles were major sources of drag that prevented the cars from reaching their full potential on longer speedways. Accordingly, the Torino Talladega and the Cyclone Spoiler were developed, with two Cyclone variants available: the Spoiler, with a standard nose, and the radical Spoiler II, with an elongated nose similar to that of the Talladega.

Two trim options were available for the Spoiler – the red and white Cale Yarborough edition was sold east of the Mississippi, while the blue and white Dan Gurney edition was sold west of it. NASCAR mandated 500 street versions to homologate the Spoiler for competition, and estimates place the total number produced from as few as 503 to as many as 519. Of those, only about 40 percent were Dan Gurney-edition cars.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

320 bhp, 390 cu. in. V-8 engine, single four-barrel carburetor, SelectShift three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 116"

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

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