Cohort Outtake: 1970 Mercury Cyclone GT – Now That’s A Face One Doesn’t Readily Forget

Mercury 1970 Cyclone GT fr

This ’70 Cyclone sports one of the most memorable faces of the classic muscle-car era, with its deeply sculpted grille and central “gun port”. Joseph Dennis caught this one on the streets of Chicago, looking menacing, especially in B&W.  But if you’re wondering what color it is, there’s one of that too.

Mercury 1970 Cyclone GT side

This one, with the ever-more popular steelies and dog dishes, actually plays down the Cyclone’s extravagant personality.

Mercury 1970 cyclone gt ad

Here’s a better look at that rather unique grille. There were several Cyclone models in 1970, the last one before it was watered down for 1971. The GT started with a 351 V8, but there were several 429s on tap too.

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The Cyclone Spoiler was a response to the GTO Judge, and was oriented to the serious performance set. Standard engine was the 429 CJ (Cobra Jet), rated at 370 hp with functional ram air induction. the 375 hp Super Cobra Jet was optional, and most assuredly made more than the five hp bump from the regular CJ. These were stout mills, in every sense of the word, even if they never attained anywhere near the popularity and continued development of Chevy’s big block V8.