Featured Car: 1969 Ford Talladega

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Named after famed Talladega Superspeedway race track in Alabama. The 1969 Ford Talladega was built for NASCAR. The Talladega was based on the Torino/Fairlane chassis and body but with an extended front end and various other modifications. Ford built a total of 754 cars between January 21st and February 28th of 1969. You could get Wimbledon White, Royal Maroon, or Presidential Blue. All of the Talladega’s came with the 428 Cobra Jet engine.

The Talladega did well in NASCAR competition, winning 29 races in 1969 and 1970.  David Pearson won the 1969 NASCAR Championship in the Talladega. Benny Parsons won the ARCA Championship that same year also in a Talladega.

For more information on the the Talladega visit http://www.talladegaspoilerregistry.com/

There is also some good information on the Wikipedia page. You can see it by CLICKING HERE

An example of all three factory colors

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A replica of Benny Parson’s championship race car

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(Photo Credit wikipedia.org)

A replica of David Pearson’s championship winning Talladega

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(Photo Credit wikipedia.org)

And now on to our example of this month’s featured car!

Up until a few weeks ago this car belonged to my father but it has now went to Kentucky to its new owner. This was the Wimbledon White edition of the three colors. It’s a pretty well documented car with the order sheet and build sheet. This car has an odd feature that only came factory on the 1st Talladega prototype, a functional Ram Air Hood. I assume at some point someone added it to this car.

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1 Comment

  1. Nice car. Slightly altered from original, but, still very nice. It would have been nice to have just a little more info on this specific example and its owners – past and present. (The Presidential Blue car in the photo of the three factory cars is actually mine.)

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