VIN & Data Plates

There are two important parts to identifying your 1969 Ford or Mercury Aero Car. The most obvious is the VIN. In 1969 if is located on the driver side dash. It can be read from the outside through the front windshield. The second is the the Data Plate which is located on the driver’s door rear inside edge under the door latch mechanism. Whereas the VIN is used to identify the car and legally register it the Data Plate is used to decode the options and standard equipment as to how the car was to be built at the factory. BEWARE, if your car has been damaged and the driver’s door has been replaced you will likely have a Data Plate belonging to a another car long lost and junked for parts.

One of the mysteries of car collection is what do all the numbers and letters in the VIN and Data Plates mean? There is no one answer; it changes from year to year and manufacturer to manufacture. It can even be different for different models under the same brand.

On these pages we will tell you what we know about only the 1969 Ford Talladega and the 1969 Mercury Cyclone, Spoiler and Spoiler II as well as the 1968 Mercury Cyclone.

We welcome corrections and additional information from anyone and everyone. We have attempted to give you the best information available to us but if you have better data please share it with everyone.

You should also consult with Marti Autoworks to obtain a Marti Report for your car. This Report can provide valuable information on how your car was built. However, since our cars are so rare there have been instances where a Marti Report may not be 100% correct. One common fault is listing hood pins for a Talladega. NO HOOD PINS were ever installed at the factory on a regular production Talladega.

Please click on the links below for detailed information on the cars listed.

1969 Ford Talladega

1969 Mercury Cyclone, Spoiler

1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II

1968 Mercury Cyclone

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