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1969 Ford Torino GT Talladega

Classics  /   /  By Tony Piff

When you think about NASCAR’s aero cars of the late 1960s and early 1970s, chances are you visualize the Plymouth Superbird and Dodge Daytona, with their sloped noses and huge rear wings. But Ford beat them both to it with its one-year-only 1969 Torino GT Talladega, which was designed and built with NASCAR’s super speedways in mind. It cleaned up the 1969 season, bringing Ford the checkered flag for the National Championship.

No spoilers, scoops, or beak-like noses here: just a slick flush-mounted front end that gave it a slippery edge over its competition. And if you had cash in hand, you could run on down to your local Ford dealer and buy one for yourself—754 examples were built and sold to homologate for racing.

This numbers-matching example comes with all build sheets. The bottom is original with “no rust ever.” It has all original glass and was repainted four years ago in Wimbledon White. (Ford offered Talladega buyers the single option of paint color, and only three choices were available—Wimbledon White, Royal Maroon, or Presidential Blue.) The seat bottoms and dash have also been replaced and have a period-correct appearance. The interior is said to be otherwise “original and nice,” and looks very appealing in the pictures.

The seller has a good feedback rating and states, “Your deposit is refundable if you get here and you decide you don’t want the car for any reason.”

The Collector Car Price Tracker lists eleven Talladegas sold in the past two years, with prices ranging $36k to $59k. If you’re looking for vintage NASCAR credibility but don’t want (or don’t have space for) a long and tall winged Mopar, see this one here.

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  1. Kevin March 8, 2011 at 2:11 pm Reply

    Looks like a 66 or 67 Dodge Charger roof and 68 Dodge Cornet grill attached to a ford fairlane.

    They won because they had Richard Petty that year.

  2. Carl Sharp March 31, 2014 at 10:09 pm Reply

    Actually, King Richard finished second in 1969 driving a Talladega for Ford. David Pearson won the driver’s championship in 69 driving a Talladega in NASCAR, and Benny Parsons did the same in ARCA. I wouldn’t even mention the 66, 67, & 68 Chargers in the same sentence with the Talladega. There was no comparison, unless you want to include the fact that all 4 had 4 wheels with the engine in the front. That’s about as far as similarities go. The Talladega dominated stock car racing during the aerowar years of 69 and 70 – especially in 1969. In 1970 Ford pulled out of racing and the teams racing Fords continued to race their 69 Talladegas instead of the 1970 Torinos as the the Talladegas were much slicker in the wind.

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