Mercury’s Cyclone badge started life as a performance 2-door option on the original Comet, back when the Comet was a compact Falcon-based sedan. As the Comet grew in size, so did the Cyclone, and by 1968 the Cyclone was its own thing — based on the Ford Fairlane. In 1970, when the Torino name superseded the Fairlane, the Cyclone was a sporty two-door version of Mercury’s Montego, which was based on the intermediated size Torino, but used most of its own sheet metal. Confused…don’t be…just take a look at that front grill and embrace the madness. Find this 1970 Mercury Cyclone GT currently bidding for$11,500 reserve-not-met with 3 days to go, located in Neptune, NJ via eBay.
To say that the Cyclone has a beak is an extreme understatement. It is like saying that Barbara Streisand has a big nose, Weird Al has curly hair, or that Hitler had a mustache. The Cyclone’s rostrum is more than just a design feature, it defines the car. It is the bomp in the bomp bah bomp bah bomp, the ram in the ram-a-lamb a ding dong..et cetera. Let’s get a better look.
Huzzah!! 5 mph impact safety? Ha! A 1 mph impact with a bicyclist will cause $1k of damage to the cyclopstril thing in the middle. Pedestrian safety? Ha! If you are lucky enough to avoid the pointy center, you’ll be pulling your teeth out of the flip-up headlamp covers for weeks. This car will kill, maim, and bedazzle all others into submission. Even Zod bows down before this thing!
Pop up the faux-scoop adorned hood (good grief, those hood springs must be surplus from a suspension bridge) and check out the 351 cubic inch V8 inside. This 4-barrel fed beast is good for 260 SAE net (300 gross) horsepower and before you start bitching about how the Windsor isn’t as cool as the 429 — take a look on the inside….
An intermediate sized Mercury equipped with a 4 on the floor…now I’ve seen everything!! Forget the CobraJet, that little 4 speed is going to up the fun factor on this boat from the Queen Mary to the Bismarck. If you still want the 429 — JUST LOOK AT THE NOSE!!
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