Serious Pony – 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 sideDon’t be fooled by the fact a Mustang fastback is a relatively common sight. From a distance you might not be able to tell the car you see is any different than the average cruise night special, in fact on this specific model that was the part of the intention.

Even once you notice the BOSS lettering on this car, it’s no guarantee Surely for every legitimate Boss Mustang that exists there are several dozen more clones dressed as the genuine article. It wouldn’t be until you got the hood open or got an eye on the trim plate that you’d know this was nothing like an ordinary Mustang.

The Raven Black Ford you see here is actually one of the 859 original Boss 429 Mustangs that were built in 1969. For those not fluent in Mustang that designation means this car is seriously rare, seriously fast and seriously valuable.
To be more specific what the Boss 429 designation actually means is that it is one of the few Mustangs that had a big block 429ci V8 stuffed under its hood. Only 500 Boss 429s actually needed to be built to satisfy NASCAR homologation rules, even though an extra 359 were also built in 1969.

Kar-Kraft, an independent engineering shop, was contracted by Ford to modify Mustangs so the massive engine would somehow fit in an already space starved engine bay. Once they created the space they shoehorned each big block into the car and whipped them into driving condition. Each Boss 429 was labeled with a number that started with KK to identify it as a legitimate NASCAR Mustang–this one is KK 1613.

Although Ford primarily set out to comply with NASCAR rules and have a chance to end the 426 HEMI’s reign of track dominance they managed to do more than that in the process. What the company unintentionally created was one of the most legendary factory street cars ever made. The 429 V8 was rated at 375hp and 450 lb-ft of torque by Ford but it’s common knowledge that actual power production was far north of those numbers.

This particular Mustang has all of the hallmarks of a legitimate Boss 429, making it a beyond desirable muscle car. As you’ve likely already guessed this desirability translates into a serious price tag. A quick glance at auction results from this year reveals several comparable cars selling in the $220,000-$260,000 price range.

While the current high bid of $164,100 is certainly nothing to scoff at, we doubt it’s close to what the owner actually wants to part with this special Mustang. We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled on the auction the next 3 days to see exactly what eBay bidders are willing to pay for the privilege of parking what many consider to be the ultimate Mustang in their garage.

Find this 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 on eBay here.

Comments

  1. When I was in high school (1972) one of the instructors was an avid hippo Ford collector. At one point in time, he owned an Italia, 2 Cobras (a 289 and an uber-rare 427 – http://www.colinsclassicauto.com/detail.php?car=344 ), and a 302, 351, and 429 Boss Mustangs. One day he asked for a volunteer to drive his car back from Pacific Grove to San Jose where he lived. He was purchasing the 427 Cobra. My hand shot up faster than, well…a 427 Cobra and I got the gig. Only problem was I didn’t know how to drive a stick-shift (I was all of 16 years old). Not to worry – I had a friend teach me the finer points of manual transmissions in his dad’s ’55 Chevy with a 3 on the tree tranny. I was good to go! As it turned out, the car I was to drive back was his Boss 429 – one exactly like the one pictured in this article.

    I don’t recall much of the drive home – although when I asked him how fast the Mustang was, he told me not to take it above 70 mph. I do remember the car pulled strongly in 3rd gear from a standing start and that the car was pretty quick from 0-70 when I got it right shifting from a standing start from 1st gear (note: the understatement). The drive home was uneventful and all too short. I wish I knew then what I know now regarding hippo cars and driving. The outcome could have been wildly different! Thanks for the memories Mr. Wyman.

  2. Dang! I meant HI-PO Ford, not hippo. Some may agree with the “hippo” comment, never-the-less. 😉

  3. Yeah, right. . . It reminds me of the time Mick Jagger asked me to drive his ’59 Rambler station wagon (with the pink driver’s door) back to the Brown Palace after a Stones concert . . .

  4. Sorry you find my post so implausible – it’s completely true. Sometimes you get lucky – very, VERY lucky.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Enzo Ferrari asked me to drive 250GTO from Modena to Niece back in the old days but I told him then and I would tell him now if he comes out of the grave no way hose. you see I was too attached to my volomous bike that I could not care less. :-))

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