Jeff Koch at Hemmings Muscle Machine was one of the first to do a great article on the Spoiler II. They did our Dan Gurney car back in September 2005. In my opinion, that article was one of the first really good articles on our cars in recent years. Jeff has owned a Mercury Cyclone and does excellent work both in photography and writing. I believe that article and the subsquent nomination by the magazine of the Spoiler II for Muscle Machine of the Year did a lot to bring attention to these cars.
Jeff tells me he just got a Hemi 4-speed Super Bee dumped in his lap for an upcoming feature. He states that it is a nice car and rather than just do another “look what I got article” he wants to do a comparison with a Blue Oval car.
The closest thing the people at Hemmings Muscle Machine came up with to do a proper comparison was a 1968/1969 428 CJ 4-speed Fairlane/Montego or Torino/Cyclone. So here is your challenge, if you live in Phoenix or are willing to get your car there your car there at your expense it might be featured in Hemmings Muscle Machines magazine.
There are some conditions; first, it has to be a real car no clones. Second, it must be clean. No modifications and should be fully restored or excellent survivor. Color does not matter, although a factory hue is best. To be honest, he would prefer the Fairlane, just because of the formal roof line and the popularly-priced brand makes a better straight-across comparison, but anything with a 428 CJ 4-speed intermediate is OK.
If you have one of these cars in your garage contact Jeff Koch immediately and let us know if your car is selected!
About the Author: Some of my first memories and strongest memories of my childhood relate to cars. I still remember back when things happened based on what car I was drinving at the time. I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California. I was a Corvette fanatic for years but then discovered vintage American Muscle. My wife, Katrina, and I decided we wanted to focus on a unique and rare muscle car. After a lot of research we fell in love with the Ford Blue Oval Aero Cars. These were only built in 1969 and their only purpose was to win NASCAR races using their 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 for sure. This site is devoted to them and their owners past and present.