1969 Ford Talladega Cobra
1969 Ford Talladega Torino Cobra
From its oval dirt track roots with drivers racing nearly stock cars, to the paved era, and the superspeedway where modified cars evolved in the interest of safety, to the modern era where highly modified cars are just a conglomeration of stickers that emulate the actual model car. Safety is now paramount, and speeds averaging in excess of 180MPH are commonplace, NASCAR has evolved to become a multibillion-dollar industry. Win on Sunday sell on Monday.
This mild-mannered sedan was a product of the word homologation which was a NASCAR rule that stated a finite number of cars had to be produced in order for the car to be represented in a race. That very rule kept manufacturers from spoiling the “stock” car racing. Some body modifications, and a lightweight interior, with beefed up suspension, a modified rear axle, and other subtle changes make this sedan street lethal.
Very plain and a lack of badging for aerodynamic efficiency, only a gas cap on the rear with a “T”, and a “T” logo above the door handles, otherwise pure steel painted in Presidential Blue. A matte black non ram air hood covers the engine. Several vintage era, printed out, taped on, sponsor stickers if you will, cover the front quarter panels. These can easily be removed, as can all the vinyl stickies in the form of numbers, and logos, that were not original to the car. The front of this Talladega has been stretched 5” and a smaller bumper is seen running below a flush mounted grille. The rear of the car shows the standard Fairlane Sports Roof. Goodyear Eagle tires wrap plain black 5 lug steel wheels on all 4 corners of this racer. The Argent style wheel covers have been removed.
Some creative license has been applied to the interior in that the original bench seat has been replaced by bucket seats. The original rear bench stretches across the back of the car and fronts the large cargo area under the Sports Roof. All original instrumentation, steering wheel and carpeting appears in good condition. Headliner is present, and it does have the radio option (the ONLY OPTION OFFERED!). A Hurst shifter replaces the original automatic selector which was on the column. Door panels are original, as are cranks and handles.
Stuck in the engine compartment is a 428 Cobra Jet, 2 valves per cylinder, fed by a Holly 4-barrel 735CFM carburetor and a forged steel crankshaft. The original automatic transmission has been replaced by a 4-speed manual with a racing clutch.
Pristine and very well restored to original, a “handling suspension” (stiffer springs and a beefed up-front anti roll bar), rear leaf springs and a staggered shock setup to prevent axle tramp during acceleration. The Traction-Lok differential with a 3.25:1 final drive ratio can cruise down the highway effortlessly, but acceleration may suffer a bit as a result. Also, exhaust has been modified to exit from the sides rather than the rear.
Ford built only 745 Talladegas, and coincidentally it won the Daytona 500, but a Dodge Daytona won the 1969 Talladega race! This competitively priced, correctly badged, and transmission upgraded car can make some beautiful noise, as well as bring back the days of NASCAR when aerodynamics were just being explored. This car comes with a MARTI Report, a reproduction of the Original Window Sticker, and nice information booklet regarding the Talladega Fairlane.
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This vehicle is in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.