1968 Mercury Cyclone GT 500, Green
Is this a new GT 500 find?
Seems like this research will never end. Every time I think it has come to a stop another car pops up. This time it is one from Thomas Kau in Wisconsin. He sent some photos of his 1968 Mercury Cyclone GT with all the correct 500 badges!
However, there are two items that stand out on this car that are different than any previously reported GT 500. First it is Lime Frost green and second; the Marti Report does not list a GT 500 option on their report.
The photos below were provided by Thomas and I have blurred out the last three digits of the VIN at his request. The Marti Report is generally accepted as the Gospel when it comes to the Fords that fall within the limits of their records.
Another strange item on this car is that it was built on February 6, 1968. This is considerably earlier than the other cars reported to be GT 500s. Mine was built in May.
Now the questions are:
-Is this a real GT 500 or a car someone but emblems on? The emblems appear to be in the right locations and mounted with the correct factory retainers.
-If this is a real GT 500 built early in the year; if so, why was it built?
-Since it was built in early February could it have been part of a run of promotional cars for the Daytona 500?
-Could it have been a special for the Memphis District?
-Might it have been some sort of prototype for the future GT 500s?
-Is this a dealer modified car?
-Were there a lot more GT 500s than we know of?
Look these photos over and let me know what you think.
If you have any more info or memories on these cars pass it on. All info will be posted.
The interior is the black bucket seat with console like found on other GT 500s. This is a 4-speed 390 car.
Other GT 500 Marti Reports that I have seen list the GT 500 option on the report. I think if I were Thomas I would spring for additional research with Marti and attempt to determine if this might be a real GT 500.