The guy tells me that there were only 27 to 30 made, his was originally sold by Pascal - Dilday of San Diego. The vehical has a high performance 351 with M/T rocker covers, a 8000 RPM tacho, heavy clutch springs, rear air adjustable shocks, traction bars and a larger than normal air scoop.
yeah never heard of it buddy, i know that M/T made valve covers for the old BB chevy, just sold a pair at the car show, but probably not a merc item, so the odds of putting it in one or special edition M/T car per say are slim to none.
Mickey was elbow deep in Ford's performance in this period, though with Mustangs. It would seem both plausible and implausible that he would distract from Mustang to bother with Mercury stuff, even as the cleveland made its debut and Mercury was working hard to get press for the 69/70 models as performance cars.
Basically, you would need to either hire a historian to research and document the car properly, or you'd have to make that your new hobby. It's possible, but hard to say if anyone even cares about Mickey anymore as he fades into obscurity in the shadow of media opportunists like $helby. Not to minimize Thompson at all, but realistically, he's less relevant and becoming more obscure every day. Hard to translate that into value in this modern buzzword twitter culture.
Like Royce says, buy the car and not the story unless the story is documented or can be documented properly by someone with a decent reputation and some research acumen and not just some car show shlub who wants it to be true.
I agree with the others -- buy the car, not the story, as Royce says. (I have heard a few doozies, as I'm sure we all have!) But it is always neat to see information about documented special edition cars.
Your comments reflected my research however the older gent was adamant and I just had to see if there may have been a glimmer of fact to the story. I ended up buying it based on it appearing to be an Eliminator and its on its way down under. Its going to need a fair bit of work bringing it back to concource condition however it all appears to be there and original (I hope).
I have just received a Marti report confirming it to be a Eliminator, competition gold, 4 speed wide ratio, 351 - 4V.
I will post some photos once I work out how to do it.