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When first seeing the car featured on this weeks video I admit to being underwhelmed. Muscle cars rule in the area of the country I live and having been raised in England I tend to get excited over European machinery. I was wrong to think this. Cy’s soft spoken but articulate words and the sound of this brute sold me. Mean car, nice guy.
The muscle car era was not an era of special interest for me either, but I found myself reading the supporting literature on this one. And if you are a muscle car guy this 1969 Mercury Cyclone sounds like one of the ones that you would want to know about. According to reviews in Hot Rot and related journals this Cyclone was more agile than its predecessors.
This specific Cyclone emerges at the end of a development cycle in what was becoming a increasingly influential market sector. Therefore you would think that by the time the design team got to the 1969 Cyclone that they would have taken considerable care to incorporate lessons learned, and get factors like chassis stiffness, and rear axle kinematics right. Sweet car, and lovely photos of it in the surrounding country.
I grew up in that landscape, a few hours north of where this video was shot. The country there much like this. Beautiful place with broadleaf trees and rivers. There are a lot of people like me who came to the other end of Route 66 and stayed here in LA. We came not so much for the weather, which was in fact a step up, but for the jobs. And the cars that you might see on the drive down here looked a lot like that Cyclone.
Myself, I drove out in a base-model Japanese pick-up with a tool chest and a mattress in the back.
That’s another nice video and why I like Petrolicious and its community: drive your car, don’t leave it just in a museum. Drive tastefully. And yeah: with an old car you must pay attention to the road and not to your smart / cell phone. And by the way: you don’t need to switch on music. The engine and exhaust are just the music