Ford King Cobra and Mercury Spoiler II Prototypes
The two cars that are covered in this Feature are extremely rare and unusual. Both were originally built by Ford Motor Company as Prototypes for the next round in the NASCAR Aero Wars. You might consider the King Cobra as a replacement from the very successful 1969 Ford Talladega and the Spoiler II as the evolution of the 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II.
Ford was coming out with a completely new body for its Torino and Cyclone models which meant that to be competive on the NASCAR Super Speedways they needed to be more slippery than the 1970 Plymouth Superbird. Before these two wild cars could go into production Ford Motor Company decided to pull out of all racing. Obviously, if you don’t race you don’t need special race car bodies.
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Here is Steve Honnel the owner of these two wonderful bits of history standing next to Katrina at the 40th Aero Car Reunion in Talladega.
The Spoiler II is powered by a Boss 429 and what a pretty sound it makes.
The nose is the most obvious modification to these bodies. It is steeply sloped and extended. The Spoiler Ii shown here is the only one prototype built. There were 3 of the King Cobras.
Steve is a proud owner of these two cars and has been seen driving them on repeated occasions; they may be rare but they get driven.