From: Hemmings Motor News
Date: December 1983
Price then: $2,000 ($4,800 adjusted for inflation, about the cost of an entry-level used car today)
Price now: $16,400 - $47,600
Approximate dollar difference: $11,600 (assuming No. 4 condition)
Approximate annual rate of return: 3.9%
MERCURY: 1969 Cyclone Spoiler II, red and white, Cale Yarborough edition, all stock, needs restoration, comes with new fenders and complete stripe kit, $2,000
NASCAR fans all know too well the aero wars being waged between Ford and Mopar in the late ’60s. For Ford, the 1969 Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II were the ultimate aerodynamic cars before NASCAR banned special aero cars at the end of the 1970 season. While the Cyclone advertised here needed restoration, it represented the opportunity to pick up a cool homogation car at a big discount. Granted, it wouldn’t carry the value of the Ford Talladega, but you’d have a better conversation piece.