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Dan Gurney 428 SCJ Ram Air 4:30 Gears and More

Dan Gurney SCJ Drag Pack before restoration. This is the car exactly as I found it. This is the day it came off the trailer at our home in TN.

Marty Burke revealed his latest restoration at MCACN 2019 and it is the best ever! Some of you may recognize this very rare 1969 Mercury Cyclone Dan Gurney Spoiler 428 SCJ as the one that sat in our garage for several years. At our last Talladega Family Reunion in 2017, we had many discussions about whether the car should be preserved as-is in its original condition, slightly renewed to make it road worthy or completely restored to Concours condition.

The general consensus at that time was to preserve it as a driver. Although this would have been a very easy solution and one that would have provided Katrina and me with a wild driver for the street it also seemed like a missed opportunity. We already had a survivor Dan Gurney Spoiler II that makes a great driver. A 428 Super Cobra Jet with 4:30 gears is really not street friendly but would be a blast to drive. Taking this car to Concours quality would be a major undertaking but one that would result in, arguably, the best 1969 Spoiler in the World.

After considerable thought, the decision was made to sell the car (actually put it up for adoption) to Marty Burke. Katrina and I have known Marty for many years and respect him as a man, husband, father and car owner. After several discussions and getting Marty’s assurance that he would do the best possible authentic, correct restoration the Gurney was gone. It was very difficult to part with. Katrina and I had looked for the car for five years and owned it for many more. It was intended to be the pinnacle of our collection. When we realized we could not the best custodians for the car, the decision to pass it on to Marty was easier.

The video below tells you more about the car and shows you some of the details that make it one of the most important Mercury Cyclones ever built.

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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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