Cord 810/812 (1936-1937): A Timeless Marvel of Automotive Innovation and Artistry
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Artistry in Craftsmanship: Step inside the Cord 810/812, and you are enveloped in a world of exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail. The interior boasted sumptuous upholstery, rich wood accents, and ornate dashboard design. The car’s innovative interior layout featured a centrally positioned instrument panel and a retractable radio speaker, showcasing the Cord’s commitment to avant-garde styling and driver-focused ergonomics. Every aspect of the interior exuded elegance and bespoke luxury.
It's a '69 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler "longnose". It differs from the Ford Talladega in that the 18" nose extension is sloped 5 degrees steeper than the Talladega, and the rocker panels are rolled and tucked in an inch more than the Talladega (this is according to the owner. I haven't verified that information).
There was a project '69 Cyclone Spoiler that popped up for sale around here about 10 years ago, and I went down a rabbit hole trying to figure out what it was, so I learned a little about them. The cars you're talking about/looked at are Cyclone Spolier II, which were built for NASCAR homologation/competition, so they had some rules to
skirtfollow , and like any good factory racer they had little tweaks looking to push limits. I found a few sources talking about the Cyclone Spoiler II having rolled (raised) rockers because NASCAR measured ride height from ground to rocker at that time. Raising the rockers 1" allowed the whole car to be lowered 1", which generally makes a car just a little bit more slippery.
Everything you just said is pretty much what the owner told me. It is a Cyclone Spoiler II. As such, it only came with a 351 Windsor (no 428 available, like the Cyclone did). Also, only column shift, bench seat, open diff with a 3.0:1 gear ratio, and an FMX transmission. Like you said, it was all done in the name of homologation. Regardless, it's a rare ride, and this one was a little sweetie. Loved the sound of that blower whining!