Is the Mustang Boss 429 the greatest American classic?
The Ford Mustang Boss 429 of 1969-1970 reached just 1358 units, making this masterpiece of American and automotive history almost as rare as Ferrari's F40. Ford was at war with Chrysler in NASCAR's Grand National Division and needed an engine to humiliate the 426 HEMI. However, NASCAR rules required each manufacturer to sell 500 units of a production vehicle housing their engine before it could be used in racing. Thus, both the 429-cubic-inch V8 and the Boss 429 were born.
Heart of the beast
The Boss' Cobra Jet V8 was based on the Ford 385 engine and had a displacement of a whopping 7.0 litres. This newly developed engine was so wide that it would not fit inside the regular Mustang, so Ford had to contact their experimental team at Kar Kraft, the wizards who developed the first GT40 MKII. The front of the vehicle was reconstructed at the Ford Rogue plant and the battery was moved to the trunk, eventually allowing for the behemoth of a motor to fit. To counteract the added front weight, a rear sway bar was added and it successfully corrected the handling.
The Boss 429 produced 375hp and 450 lb-ft (610Nm) of torque, allowing it to reach 60mph in what used to be a blistering 6.5 seconds. The primary mechanical difference between '69 and '70 models is that the hydraulic lifter camshaft was later replaced with a mechanical one and a new dual exhaust system was introduced, however, the power output remained identical.
Combine the above level of dedicated engineering with rear wheel-drive and a 4-speed manual transmission and you have one of the greatest driving machines of all time.
The exterior is a masterpiece
Nothing screams 1960s America more than the Boss 429. Two front splitters slice the space ahead whilst the creased bonnet channels cool air into the intake, parts that were all uniquely fitted to this car. The flared wheel arches, side vents below the C-Pillar and the ducktail spoiler helped distinguish the Boss 429 from other, bland muscle cars on the road.
The rear tri-bar taillights were the Mustang's signature and still are today, there was no mistaking this for a Camaro or Challenger.
An interior with all you truly need
The cabin dates back to much simpler times with its minimalist and neat interior. It is no Cadillac in terms of luxury but it was far nicer than many of its competitor's offerings. The leather of the seats were more sofa than racing seat. The dashboard, centre-stack and steering wheel were neatly trimmed in real wood, an elegant touch even by today's standards. The driver knew their vehicle's speed and the engine's conditions whilst the passenger knew the time through the dashboard clock.
It had everything you needed, no gimmicks or excess weight.
Is it possible for you to own one?
If you are really interested in owning this prestige and limited slice of American automotive history, be prepared to pay anywhere from $176,000 and $550,000 USD as previously indicated by Scottsdale 2014 and 2015 auctions respectively. Of course, it depends on the condition on the vehicle and you are looking at Lamborghini Countach money. However, unlike most vintage exotics you could probably daily drive the Boss 429 as it's subtle and moderately practical.
It would be safe to assume that the Boss 429 will appreciate in value, however, people usually forget to consider the insurance and maintenance costs that arrive with owning a vintage exotic.
What do you think, is the Ford Mustang Boss 429 the greatest American classic and muscle car?
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