Mercury Cyclone. 1970–1 (prod. 16,580). 2-door coupé. F/R, 302, 351, 429 in³ (V8 OHV). Last cars to wear the Cyclone name as an independent line and not a Comet derivative. Based on Ford Torino (1970–1), but with greater overall length, thanks to protruding “crosshairs” nose—it was meant to be in the shape of the letter M when viewed from the top. Better equipped than Fairlanes and Torinos, with more toned-down graphics and, nose aside, design features. Not quite notchback, not quite fastback—design was somewhere in between. Range-topping Cyclone Spoiler considered one of Mercury’s finest muscle cars, with 429 in³ standard (it was an option on the Torino Cobra). Cobra Jet and Super Cobra Jet for 1970; only Cobra Jet for 1971. The 351 was an option for 1970; standard for 1971, but with the tide turning against muscle cars, sales dwindled.
Marque: Mercury | Model: Mercury Cyclone | Predecessor: Mercury Cyclone (1968–9) | Successor: Mercury Montego (1972–6)
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