Tom Shaw
September 1, 2004

1969 Torino Talladega and Cyclone Spoiler II, limited production intermediates modified for improved aerodynamic performance, meet NASCAR's sales requirements and begin appearing in races. Among those running Fords that year was NASCAR's winningest driver, Richard Petty.

July 1969 Designs are finalized for the King Cobra. Styling clays for the Cyclone Spoiler II promise even better aerodynamic performance thanks to a smoother backlight area.

August 1969 Budget cuts force the cancellation of the King Cobra and Cyclone Spoiler II programs. Only a handful of prototypes survive.