I recently received a phone call from Tommy Hussey regarding his white 1968 Mercury Cyclone GT that he purchased from the original owner. The owner swears the car had never been modified since she owned it. Tommy has since repainted the car and added some NASCAR decals but states it has never been modified AND the car has both the Cyclone and GT 500 emblems including the flags. However, when he had a Marti Report completed for the car it came back without listing the GT 500 option. Does he have a GT 500 or not?
We need more evidence to figure this one out. This car was built on March 3, 1968. This is the same month as the NASCAR Atlanta Race on March 31, 1969 when the first dealer promotion was held. (Read the articles on our GT 500 page regarding that race and the Ford World report.) Most of those cars were white. Tommy’s car is a 302; rumor has it that the white cars were 302s and the orange cars were the 390 and 428 CJs.
It is also worth a note that the Ford World report refers to these Atlanta promotion cars as Mercury Montego Cyclone 500s and not as GT 500s as the later option was called. The cars I have found with the GT 500 option were all built in a small cluster of cars in early May of 1968.
So the question remains; is this a GT 500? Is it a dealer built car? Does anyone know how the 160 promotional cars for the 1968 Atlanta race were built? Were they something the factory did based on some a special order or were these cars simply Cyclones with emblems added by a dealer or the factory. The search for information goes on. If you have any additional insight please send us an email or leave a comment below.