The Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II was a special model produced to satisfy the booming performance car market of the 1960's. It was more aerodynamic than the fastback coupe and was designed to specifically meet NASCAR's certification requirement and compete against Ford's Torino Talladega.
The Cyclone Spoiler II design featured a stretched, tapered nose and flush-mounted grille. It also had re-rolled rocker panels that allowed the car to be lowered without violating NASCAR's ride-height requirements. Two trim packages were available: the Dan Gurney Special in Wimbledon White and Presidential Blue and the Cale Yarborough Specials (as seen on this car) in Candy Apple Red over Wimbledon White. Both were named after Mercury's best NASCAR drivers of the time.
While the exact number of Cyclone Spoiler II's built is not known, it is beloved to be between 300 and 500. Also built was a standard-nosed model, known as Cyclone Spoiler, which was offered with the same trim packages. Only the extended nosed models were Cyclone Spoiler II's. These were powered by the 290 horsepower, 351 cubic-inch Windsor engine.