The 1968 Mercury Cyclone GT 500 is likely one of the catalyst that led to the creation of the Spoiler/Spoiler II. While doing some additional research on the Spoilers I came across an article in one of the Ford Mercury Speedway newsletters that referenced the GT 500s. I have provided that snippet here as further documentation on these cars and the role they played in the creation of the Aero Cars.
It is a simple “win on Sunday; sell on Monday” philosophy that leads to better race cars and more connections between the race car and the street version. As we approach the 2013 NASCAR season with the Daytona 500 I feel it is time to look back at some of what makes our cars so rare and great. The portion of the article below is from an early 1980s newsletter from the Speedway Club.
The last paragraph is what is important. It states that the GT 500 was released after Cale’s win at the 1968 Daytona 500. That is the connection many of us have been looking for. The build date on most GT 500s is either March or May of 1968 and the VINs appear to be closely grouped together. Some are also called simply “500″ while others are ”GT 500″. At this time I believe the early cars were called 500s and the later ones GT 500 but I have no proof of that. This difference may also have something to do with the engine options and when the 428 CJ engine became available. The research goes on.
We will bring you more from this entire article in the next week or two.
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.