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I am not sure if this car was found in a barn or not. However, I do know that it was found a long ways from where it was sold new. For those of you not deep into the Blue Oval Ford cars, the 1968/69 Mercury Cyclones are getting rather rare. They are terrific cars, well priced yet very hard to find.

First off let me beginning by saying I know this is not one of the extremely rare Spoiler or Spoiler II cars. However, it is a 1969 Cyclone and it is a very rare breed. When was the last time you saw a Cyclone at a car show? When was the last time you saw one with a big block and ram air? One last question, how about a 428 CJ Ram Air car with air conditioning? I can’t remember seeing one, ever. Where would you expect to find such a rare car? My bet would be in the deep south, Florida or possibly out west in Arizona. Nope, it was sold new in Lancaster California. It does get very hot there in the summer.

Where is it today and where was it discovered? Australia!

I am not sure what they car barns in Australia, if they have them,  but Chris McQuade of Sydney sent me these photos and a little info on the car.

It originally came equipped with:

  1. C-6 Merc-O-Matic Transmission
  2. Courtesy Lights
  3. Electric Clock
  4. F70X14 Traction Tires w/ Raised White Letters
  5. Ram Air Induction
  6. Console
  7. Power Front Disc Brakes
  8. Power Steering
  9. Air Conditioner – Whisperaire
  10. AM Radio
  11. Rear Seat Speaker(s)
  12. Decor Group
  13. Tinted Glass-Complete
  14. Styled Steel Wheels

Chis states that the car is rust free but the paint is faded. The 69 Cyclone CJ 428 is basically an untouched driver. His plans for the car are to do some work on the interior and suspension and leaving it as it is. As rare as this car is in the States it has to be a big hit down under.



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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at

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