Mercury Cyclone Spoiler VIN & Data Plate
The VIN is located on the driver side dashboard just under the front windshield. It is a small aluminum plate riveted to the dash. This information contained here only applies to Production Spoiler cars.
The Spoilers can not be identified by the VIN or Data Plate information. This information can be used to help determine IF YOUR CAR MIGHT be a Spoiler but can not prove it is one! You must obtain a Marti Report for verification if you do not have the factory invoice.
The Spoiler was an option package which provided a minimum level of features. From there the buyer was able to add any additional options from the dealer’s order sheet. You can Click Here to see what the Spoiler Package consisted of. Your car must have at least these options but anyone of them could have been replace by an upgrade or change per the order form. For instance the interior could be changed from the standard Spoiler color to black or other available selection. Likewise the base Spoiler engine would be a 351 4V Windsor but could be upgraded to a 390, 428 CJ, 428 CJ Ram Air or even to the 428 SCJ with Ram Air! Air conditioning could also be added along with a 4-speed to replace the standard transmission.
There were 969 Spoilers manufactured; 352 Dan Gurney and 617 Cale Yarborough.
Updated: November 18, 2011
The number should look like this: 9H15R580827.
The -9- represents the model year; 1969.
The -H- represents the assembly plant for all Spoilers this will be the Lorain Assembly Plant.
The -15- represents the body series, for all Spoiler this will be “Cyclone 2-Door Fastback.
The -R- represents the engine this example is R for the 428 CJ Ram Air. Other possibilities are:
-S- = 390 4V
-Q- = 428 CJ
-R- = 428 CJ Ram Air
The -580827- represents the production series. The first production VIN number in the series is unknown at this time and the last in the series is unknown at this time.
The VIN also appears on the Data Plate. The Data Plate is located on the drivers side door and is visible on the door lock face portion of the door. If your door has been replaced it is likely you do not have the correct Data Plate for your car.
The -63A- is the Body Code. All Spoiler will have a 63A, 2-dr Hardtop with bench seat OR 63C, 2-dr Hardtop with bucket seats. The 63A would be the base Spoiler option.
The -MT- is for the Color Code. This car is Wimbledon White and Red (Yarborough Car) so the code is M (for white) and T (for red). For a Dan Gurney Spoiler the correct color code is MX (M for Wimbledon White and X for Presidential Blue). All Spoilers MUST have one of these two letter Color Codes. However, have this two letter code DOES NOT make it a Spoiler.
The -4D- is the Trim Code. All base Dan Gurney Spoilers will have a 4B Trim Code representing blue vinyl interior with bench seat and all Cale Yarborough Spoilers will have a 4D Trim Code representing red vinyl interior with bench seat. However, other options could be had, they are:
-4A- = Black vinyl bench seat
-4W- = White vinyl bench seat
-4D- = Dark red vinyl bench seat
-8A- = Black vinyl with Comfortweave bucket seats
-8W- = White vinyl with Comfortweave bucket seats
-8D- = Dark Red vinyl with Comfortweave bucket seats
-4B- = Dark/light blue vinyl bench seat
-8B- = Dark/light blue vinyl with Comfortweave bucket seats
- There are other combinations that were available but likely not used with the colors of these cars
The -20D- is the Date Code. The first two numbers represent the day of the month and the letter represents the month. This car was scheduled to be built on the 20th of April 1969. The date that appears on the Data Plate may or may not be the actual Build Date of the car. You will need to obtain a Deluxe Marti Report to obtain the actual build date.
The first day of production for the Spoiler is believed to be January 1, 1969. The last day of production of the Spoiler is believed to be July 31, 1969.
The -42- is the DSO (District Code) designation. All Spoiler will have a two digit DSO in this location. Any of the following DSO numbers could be found on a Spoiler:
11 = Boston
15 = New York
16 = Philadelphia
17 = Washington
21 = Atlanta
22 = Dallas
23 = Jacksonville
26 = Memphis
31 = Buffalo
32 = Cincinnati
33 = Cleveland
34 = Detroit
41 = Chicago
42 = St. Louis
46 = Twin Cities
51 = Denver
52 = Los Angeles
53 = Oakland
54 = Seattle
84 = Home Office Reserve
90-99 = Export
The -A- is the Axel Code. All base Spoilers will have an 9 (3.25 standard 9″ non-locking axel ratio). Other possibilities are:
-A- = 3.50 9″ open
-S- = 3.50 9″ locking
-V- = 3.91 9″ locking (Drag Pack Only)
-W- = 4.30 9″ locking (Drag Pack Only)
The -U- is the Transmission Code and all base Spoilers will have an 1 representing the 3 speed manual transmission. Other possibilities are:
-5- = 4 Speed manual; wide ratio
-6- = 4 speed manual; close ratio
-U- = C6 automatic
-X- = FMX automatic