1969 Mercury Cyclone Jet – The Muscle CJ

The 1969 Mercury Cyclone Jet (or CJ as it was known), was only produced for the one year, it didn’t sell that well – just 2,175 units in total. The CJ was all about performance, one magazine quoted “The power reserve on tap is in the proportion of the Grand Coulee Dam”.

Despite being a Mercury, is shared many of its components, not just with other vehicles, but other manufacturers as well; the engine, transmission, rear-end, suspension, glass and seating weren’t exclusive to the Mercury.

1969 Mercury Cyclone Jet ad

1969 Mercury Cyclone Jet Design

A 2-door fastback coupe, with dual exhaust and Competition Handling. The chassis was the same as fitted to the Ford Torino (and other similar muscle cars), the Cyclone itself was a sub-model of the Mercury Montego.

Optional extras such as a hood scoop (with fully working Ram-Air) were available, the CJ was Mercury’s answer to the Plymouth Road Runner and Dodge Super Bee.

1969 Mercury Cyclone Jet design

1969 Mercury Cyclone Jet Interior

Bench seats were fitted as standard, but there were options for buckets. Unless you had the 3-speed auto transmission with the 3.00:1 Traction-Lok rear axle, you couldn’t have the Whisper-Aire air conditioning either; very few of the CJ’s had a/c. The ’69 CJ was the last of the Mercury’s to have round instrument gauges.

1969 Mercury Cyclone Jet interior

1969 Mercury Cyclone Jet Specs

Selling price was $3,207, this was quite expensive compared to some of the competition, but Mercury insisted that their dealers point out that even at that price, it was still $438 cheaper than the Charger R/T.

Curb weight of 3,825 lbs Wheelbase 116”.

1969 Mercury Cyclone Jet images

4-speed close ratio manual transmission was standard, but there were options for the 3-speed SelectShift or Merc-O-Matic autos.

1969 Mercury Cyclone Jet Performance

A 428 cubic inch (7.0 liter) Ford 428 FE V8 gave 335 BHP and 440 lb/ft of torque, it had been significantly uprated for strength, including extra main bearing support and wider main bearing caps. It had a compression ratio of 10.6:1 (which is relatively high even today) and was fitted with a Holley 735 CFM four-barrel carburettor. The car could easily produce sub 14 second ¼ mile times @ 100 MPH with a sharp driver at the wheel.

1969 Mercury Cyclone Jet engine

1969 Mercury Cyclone Jet Collectability and price

Despite sharing many components with some of the stronger selling cars, the Mercury CJ really didn’t sell that well.

However, thanks to the fact that it did share much componentry, a great deal of parts of readily available off the self.

Prices for the Mercury Cyclone Jet are reasonable, especially compared to other muscle cars; expect to pay anywhere between $15,000 – $36,000.

1969 Mercury Cyclone Jet Images