1969 Dan Gurney Spoiler SCJ

The 1969 Mercury Cyclone Dan Gurney Spoiler SCJ 4-Speed has been tucked away in our garage since July of 2010!

As some of you know, back in July of 2010 Katrina and I were lucky enough to locate a 1969 Dan Gurney Spoiler SCJ 4-speed car with 4.30 gears and black bucket seat interior. I had been looking for a big block Gurney for years and never found one. There were only 5 Gurney SCJ 4-speed cars every built! The paint and interior were all original. It was not perfect or drivable but was extremely solid. We believe it to be one of the rarest and most desirable of all 68/69 Cyclones! It was our dream to make this car the pinnacle of our collection. Unfortunately, life continued to throw more curves and opportunities in our way that kept postponing its resurrection. We have been completely torn up trying to decide if it should be preserved as is, receive a modest restoration to keep the originality intact or do the best possible restoration. This indecisiveness was also part of the delay in getting the car out in front of the public.

This is one of only 5 that were ever made. Where are the others?

After lengthy and painful thought and numerous discussions Katrina and I both agreed that there was only one correct answer. The Gurney SCJ and the Ford/Mercury community deserved to see this car in its best possible condition. We continued to explore and discuss the options to implement this restoration. It would not be cheap, at least $100,000 (on top of our original purchase price) and likely much more! The discussion of the Gurney SCJ’s future was not done in a vacuum. A lot of other factors had to be considered. I am retired, Katrina is close to retirement and we have a more cars than garage space. As painful as it was, we reached the conclusion that the sensible thing to do was to put it up for adoption.

Marty was more than happy to help dig her out for the her next adventure.

Some cars are just vehicles to be played with and sold but others have a way of becoming like part of the family. The Gurney SCJ is one of them. We had great expectations for this child yet we knew we were not the best home for it if it was to achieve its highest possibilities. Reluctantly, facing reality we began talking about who would be the best adoptive parent for our mechanical child. We wanted a home that would not only love and appreciate the car but one that had the resources, knowledge, desire and commitment to take the car to its ultimate possibilities. We agreed on our first choice and made contact.

The way is clear to move on to the next phase of its life.

Marty Burke was beyond excited to have the opportunity and immediately agreed to be the adoptive parent and facilitator for our beloved Gurney SCJ. The only condition Marty put on the adoption was he wanted to be sure we wanted to let go. At first I was not sure, we let several months pass and Katrina and I agreed we wanted to move forward. This past weekend Marty made the trek up from Texas to our home in TN. He was excited. We were as well but also with a great sense of loss. One of our dreams was leaving unfulfilled however we are ok with it and know that a new exciting adventure awaits. Marty has assured Katrina and I we will continue to be a party of the next phase of its life.

The Gurney SCJ was covered in dust but she fired right up and Marty laughed at the sound of 428 cu In of Ford Power rumbling through open headers!

It is ok. We know that it has found a terrific new home and will soon begin a journey that few of us could ever provide. We will be following its new life over the next few years. There is much more to tell and more opportunities to be explored. I can’t tell you all but I can tell you this is going to be a car that will bring a lot of attention to all the Dan Gurney and Cale Yarborough Spoilers out there. It will not be stuck in a collection, hidden and never seen again!

Marty wants you to know, the car is not and will not be for sale!

Watch here for more updates as they become available.

When reality sunk in that the SCJ was leaving the mood for me changed a little.

 

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About the Author: Some of my first and strongest memories from my childhood relate to cars. I still remember when things happened based on what car I was driving at the time. I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I was a Corvette fanatic for years but then re-discovered vintage American Muscle. My wife, Katrina, and I decided we wanted to focus on unique and rare muscle cars. After a lot of research we fell in love with the Ford Blue Oval Aero Cars. These were only built in 1969 and and aerodynamics became an important part of winning races. The only purpose of these limited production cars was to win NASCAR races using the 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. This site is devoted to these car and their owners past and present. We provide an Online Registry for recording the long term history and ownership of every remaining Talladega, Spoiler and Spoiler II.

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  1. Martin Burke says:

    You both we always be a part of this cars story. The documentation that you two have done on this Cyclone is outstanding. The Cyclone is now at Billups Restoration’s for an authentic and completely documented restoration. Our goal is to make it the “Benchmark “ restoration for the Torino/Cyclone family. Plans are to unveil her at the 2019 MCACN Show in Chicago. I’m hoping we can get a dozen or more Talladegas,Spoiler II, and Spoilers to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of these fine historic vehicles . Thanks to the Fleener’s for all their work in promoting our cars!

  2. Alan Miller says:

    That will be a beautiful car when finished . I hope everything goes well on the restoration .

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