1966 Comet Cyclone GT Convertible Indy Pace Car verification

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1966 Comet Cyclone GT Convertible Indy Pace Car verification

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Hello Everyone!

I recently purchased a very nice 1966 Mercury Cyclone GT convertible and have been told that it was one of the 100 Pace Cars for 1966. I am having a very hard time finding solid information that will either confirm or deny this. Here is what I know so far: My car has a VIN of 6H28S6....., verified by the data tag and the rad support stamp matching, 390 GT engine, C6 Automatic, Power Steering, Power front Disc brakes, Factory Dash Mounted Tach, Intermittent wipers, Correct paint and interior color and 4 Leaf Rear springs. Can anyone on this forum help steer me to the correct sources or maybe perhaps an Indy Pace Car Registry where I can find this information. There are no Marti Reports for the 1966 Model Year and Ford could only confirm that it is a 1966 Cyclone GT convertible built at Lorain, OH. Any new information would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: 1966 Comet Cyclone GT Convertible Indy Pace Car verifica

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Welcome on! :D Lipripper is the pacecar man ,he can tell you about them .
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Welcome aboard! Beautiful car. Stacy (Lip Ripper) should be able to help you out. He has one that looks just like it.
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Thanks for the warm welcome guys. :D I will PM Lipripper and ask him for his input.

Thanks again

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Message sent. And I think mine came out of Lorain too.

Great looking car.
66 Cyclone GT; 245/60R15's on 15x8's and 215/70R15's on 15x7 Magnum's.
There's nothing like the sound of a pushrod V8 singing at the top of her lung's.

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Re: 1966 Comet Cyclone GT Convertible Indy Pace Car verifica

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G'day,
My 66 matches your VIN and I understand that the 28 is the pace car number.
Mine has unpowered front drum brakes since upgraded with booster, 4 speed which looks original and black interior which I suppose might not be original.
Something I can't see in your photo is any engine bay braces.
Mine has two braces from the firewall to the front of the engine bay, is there any sign of braces being fitted to yours?
There is no mention of them in the factory shop manual nor is there any mention of the weight canisters on the rear chassis rails.
Hope you enjoy your car as much as I do mine.

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It's my understanding that the braces are 66 only.
66 Cyclone GT; 245/60R15's on 15x8's and 215/70R15's on 15x7 Magnum's.
There's nothing like the sound of a pushrod V8 singing at the top of her lung's.

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