The cars came off the ford assembly line as bare bones mustang fastbacks before being transported over to kar kraft who took care of the modifications necessary to fit the mammoth shotgun in the engine bay. The paperback of the 19691970 ford mustang boss 429. Muscle car fans thought the 1969 ford mustang boss 429 would be the mustang to finally rival the best of the corvettes. The first fruit of their collaboration at ford was the 1969 mustang, most notably the boss 429 whose mission was to homologate the new 429 375 hp semi hemi engine for nascar. Ford mustang boss 429 goes back into production with 815.
The cars were actually built by karkraft at the kkbrighton assembly plant, located in brighton, michigan. Take a walk through time as cjs looks at some significant moments in the history of the ford mustang. In addition to his magazine work, farr has authored many books, including ford mustang. Our guess is this car will go back to stock one day due to its extreme rarity and collector interest. Not to be outdone by chrysler, ford had to build and field its own raceduty bigblock to compete with the 426 hemi in drag and stock car racing. Because the boss 429 was conceived for nascar racing, the block is a fourboltmain design with highnickel content. According to steve stranges boss 429 update, only 5 boss 429s are known to exist. So ford and its engineers, with the help of holmanmoody, returned to the drawing board to create a cleanslate bigblock engine to beat the dominant hemi. I have read that when ford wanted its drag racers to switch from the 427 sohc to the boss 429, the racers really lost of lot of horsepower and engine speed due to the 429 s heavier crank and bigger pistons, which used more power to overcome its inertia. Ford s transam pony car, legendary ford and mercury muscle cars, and cowrote how to restore your mustang and the mustang recognition guide. Executive stylist john najjar, who was a fan of the world war ii p51 mustang fighter plane, is credited by ford to have suggested the name. The boss 351 was only available in 1971, at the end of an era characterized by powerful muscle cars and before the fuelconscious mustang ii. This was ford s attempt to win the nascar championship in the 60s.
This gap between expectation and intent dimmed the glow of an extraordinary car. Author dan burrill collaborated with boss 429 expert denny aldridge to give you the straight story of developing this monumental engine, engineering the components. The boss 9, as it is sometimes called in collector car circles, will be built from an original 1969 or 1970 mustang body, though customers can opt for a brandnew body licensed by ford, and will come equipped with a custom. But instead of putting production units in the midsize torinos it ran in stockcar racing, ford offered the engines in its restyled 69 mustang fastback. New 1969 1970 ford mustang boss 429 lower radiator hose. The mindblowing 1969 ford mustang boss 429 fastback is one of the most fascinating ford muscle cars of all time. Ford thunderbird 19681973 ford mustang 19691971 ford mustang boss 429 19691970 ford. This is a 27k mile original boss 429, 4 speed, 391 gear, ford mustang fastback. Distinguishing itself from the 302 is a massive hood scoop controlled by a lever in the cockpit. This book, by donald farr of mustang monthly magazine, features almost everything mustang. In april, classic restorations announced that it had received the license from ford to create continuation cars based on the 19691970 mustang boss 302, 19691970 mustang boss 429. Ford and specialty car builder karkraft faced the daunting task of modifying the mustang fastback to create whats considered to be ford s greatest bigblock muscle car, the boss 429. Aug 21, 2014 ford promoted the cammers to the drag racing set with success as well as lemans ford went back to the drawing board and developed the boss 429 to compete in nascar against the hemis. Had ford put a boss 429 in a 1971 mustang, they might have used the signature boss 429 hood scoop.
But that means there were 14 kknumbered cars before it, right. Fords hemihead boss 429, as one might expect, has a distinctive block which is specific to the boss 429. Ford bigblock engine cylinder block interchange guide. This 1970 ford mustang boss 302 for sale has a date code correct 302c.
Farr was inducted into the mustang hall of fame in 2012. Mustang historian donald farr offers a complete history of fords most iconic mustang. Examine the 1969 ford mustang mach 1 with this detailed look at the cars launch, history, and unique parts options, including. From the shelby gt500, the super cobra jet 428, the boss 302, and the boss 429, this book spans nearly 50 years of mustang. Written by dan burrill in collaboration with denny aldridge 96 pages. Ford decided to install these very special and powerful engines in the mustang. The boss 429 engine was developed by fords to compete with the powerful mopar 426 hemi in nascar racing. The 7 best ford muscle cars that arent mustangs hagerty media. It differed slightly from the boss 302 unit due to the boss 429 mustang s lower stance.
Lets all hold up our glasses to honor larry shinoda ford designer for creating such a sexy beast that will always be known as one of the most unique and iconic muscle cars ever built. The history, design and culture behind fords original. Currently in its sixth generation, it is the fifthbest selling ford car nameplate. Various competitionstyle appearance items and the gthandling suspension were standard for the mach 1, with engine options including the 351cid smallblock, 390 bigblock or 428 cobra jet.
Continuation 1969 ford mustang boss 429 does 815 hp autoblog. Boss performance is a ford hiperformance shop that specializes in boss 429. Only 1,964 were built, in honor of the year the mustang was born. He chronicles the cars phenomenal firstyear sales, the new pony car category it pioneered, and subsequent models that include the mustang gt, shelby gt350, shelby gt500, super cobra jet, boss 302, and boss 429. The boss 302 was a stunning car but so was the other ultimate mustang that knudsen cooked up, the boss 429. The namesake of the pony car automobile segment, the mustang was developed as a highly styled line of sporty coupes and convertibles. The boss 429 was a pushrod engine a semi hemi design and was available in production vehicles. The complete book of classic ford and mercury muscle cars.
V8 w 4bbl carb, 4 speed manual transmission, ford 9 rear w 3. According to the marti report, kk 2029 was sold new on august 25, 1969 at nelson ford company in broken arrow, oklahoma, finished in candyapple red over black clarion knitvinyl bucket seats, and equipped with 3. Various competitionstyle appearance items and the gthandling suspension were standard for the mach 1, with engine options including the 351cid smallblock, 390 bigblock or. Although it would have been far easier to install the engine in the fullsize galaxy, these cars were not as popular or widely revered as the mustang. As ford itself was fully committed to other work, and the available time frame was very short, development and production of the boss 429 mustang was contracted out in sept 1968 to a company called kar kraft, which was already developing the ford transam boss 302 race cars. The boss 429 mustang is a high performance ford mustang variant that was offered by ford in 1969 and 1970. Jun 08, 2019 but that means there were 14 kknumbered cars before it, right. It featured a 302 cubic inch windsor smallblock v8 which made it a formidable opponent on the track. The real story behind the ford mustang boss 302, 351, and 429. Another good book that has gone out of print is the boss 429 mustang by stephen strange. Available in red and blue just like the real thing, the mustang pedal car has been anticipated for the last few years and is now is finally being produced. Why is the 1969 boss 429 mustang the best muscle car of. The 1969 ford mustang boss 429 is extremely unique check out this facts about its rareness. Inspect the 19691970 ford mustang boss 429 from bumper to bumper, including the storied boss 429 engine, 4speed toploader transmission, interior, paint codes, options, and more.
Abandoned cadillac deville will it run after 20 years and drive home. Created in cooperation with ford motor company and featuring some 400 photos from its historic and media archives, ford mustang is a. The legendary boss 429 v8 engine was recently dynotested at 471. The history, design and culture behind fords original pony car. Today, it clearly continues to benefit from a highquality, groundup restoration dating to 20042005 and features a correct and highly. The ford boss mustang is the most iconic pony car ever created, and. Made from the original amf tooling, upgraded to todays standards. While the mustang has gone through many changes from its debut in april 1964 to the current generation of mustangs, the ford mustang is an american icon. Boss 429 and boss 302 are replaced by boss 351 engines. In 1969, ford debuted the boss 302 mustang which was created for one specific purpose. Sa books cars in detail 6970 fits ford mustang boss.
Rare 1969 mustang boss 429 prototype under the hammer. Boss mustang 50 years donald farr book 302 429 ebay. The boss 302 was created to meet trans am rules and featured distinctive hockeystick stripes, while the understated boss 429 was created to homologate the boss 429 engine based on the new ford 385 series engine for nascar use. With this exclusive racing pedigree, the boss 429 is among the most valuable and rare not to be outdone by chrysler, ford had to build and field its own raceduty bigblock to compete with the 426 hemi in drag. Maple motors muscle cars nick southgate 76,076 views. Boss 429 mustang books, literature and collectibles. One of 29 mustang gt convertibles produced in 1969 with qcode cobra jet v8 and c6 automatic the only known example in indian. The 19691970 boss 429 is one of the rarest and most prized mustangs ever built by ford.
Assembled by kar kraft facility in brighton, michigan. Not having been there myself, i can only repeat what i read. The boss 429 was born of ford s need to qualify 500 examples of its new racing engine for nascar. History of ford boss mustangs mustang monthly magazine. Free vin check, autocheck vehicle history report, vin number check, used car history, autocheck, free vin check, vehicle history report, autocheck vehicle history report, vin search, kelley blue book and the vehicle history of cars from classic, exotic, used, new to prototype model cars. The first clue is the hp 429 marking in the casting on the front of the block. After 1991, the 429 became the sole gasoline engine offered in ford commercial trucks.
Check out the history of this mustang, how it got its name and what made it become a legend. Sep 09, 2016 the mustang is an iconic muscle car, but one of the most important and wellrespected variants of the mustang was the 429 boss. Feb 08, 2018 3 boss 429 ford mustang s bring 34 of a million at barrettjackson 1969 boss 429 1970 boss 429 duration. As a top tier ford enthusiast, you likely know something about karkraft, the specialty job shop that produced the boss 429 mustangs and boss 302 race cars for ford in 196970 which is true, of course. In competition trim, the boss 429 powered ford and mercury stock cars to victory in nascar and the mustang to many wins in drag racing. The two boss models received fame on the track and street and to this day they still demand premium pricing for. Cartech ct587 mustang book muscle cars in detail 19691970. The complete history of the ford mustang cj pony parts. Kk 429 nascar on january 15, 1969 at kkbrighton, ford motor co. The ford boss mustang is the most iconic pony car ever created, and this book covers it more extensively than any other. In january of 1969, ford motor company started production of the 1969 boss 429 mustang. The origin of the boss 429 was to fulfill fords need to homologate the 429 semihemispherical engine for nascar racing. Learn more about this famous stock car by picking up this cartech ct587 muscle cars in detail no. It met the nascar rules and did beat the hemis at their own game.
Najjar codesigned the first prototype of the ford mustang known as ford mustang i in 1961, working jointly with fellow ford stylist philip t. The functional hood scoop that came standard on the 1969 boss 429 was the largest ever installed on a mustang. It, like the boss 302 book, is a wealth of information. The boss 429 was born of ford s need to qualify 500. The folks at classic recreations have released the first of their planned continuation mustangs under its new license with ford. This specific mustang boss 429 is 118th produced of only 858. Nerabdator sa citesti 19691970 ford mustang boss 429. In continuous production since 1964, the mustang is currently the longestproduced ford car nameplate.
The boss 429 is recognized as being among some of the rarest and highly valued muscle cars to date. In the late 1960s, ford just didnt have the power to compete. If you are genuinely interested in boss 429 mustangs, you have definitely come to the right place on the internet. This bigblock brute was born of ford s desire to certify a new semihemi 429 v8 for stockcar racing. Author dan burrill collaborated with boss 429 expert denny aldridge to give you the straight story of developing this monumental engine, engineering the components and parts to fit the engine and chassis, and. The mustang fastback chassis was the obvious choice for the engine, but the boss 429 has enormous footprint, so it wouldnt easily fit in the engine bay.
The purpose of the boss 429 mustang world registry is to gather and compile accurate historical information about these rare nascar mustangs. Poised to evolve with constantly changing consumer demands, ford offers vehicles with a variety of engine sizes, seating configurations and transmissions as well as hybrid gasolineelectric powertrains. Ford unveiled another restyle in 1969, but it was lost in the shadows of three new models. With this exclusive racing pedigree, the boss 429 is among the most valuable and rare mustangs ever built. The boss 429 mustang is also rumored to be capable of straightline speeds of near 175 mph, but not many have tried this due to the rarity and collectability. Author dan burrill collaborated with boss 429 expert denny aldridge to give you the straight story on the car, its special equipment, 429 engine, 4speed. As the pony car wars continued, bunkie knudsen ordered ford s large 429 cu in 7. Kk 1215job 1as noted earlier, was the first boss 429 mustang for consumers. But ford never intended the boss 429 as a street dominator, or as any kind of dragracing threat. Classic recreations is the only licensed continuation car builder to offer the highly sought after boss 429 mustang. With this exclusive racing pedigree, the boss 429 is among the most valuable and.
Lunn was charged to build the ultimate mustang and worked with kar kraft, the brighton, michigan, specialty shop that built many of ford s racing cars at the time, to produce the boss 429. Ford mustang boss 429 free vin check, get vehicle history. The book is an excellent source of information on the rare boss 429 mustangs. Though the boss 351 mustang doesnt get nearly as much fame as the boss 302 and boss 429, it manages to hold its own, combining the best features of both. Close on the heels of the boss nine was the boss 302, the purpose of which was to depose the chevrolet camaro which, ironically, shinoda had designed before leaving gm. This is the story of the car, its equipment, and manufacturing history. Seller assumes all responsibility for this listing. One 50 year limited edition gt convertible also was built for a charity raffle. Ford mustang is a series of american automobiles manufactured by ford. The 302 was conceived to homologate an entire model for racing use. Chryslers 426 hemi was dominating nascar competition, and fords attempt to race the 427 sohc cammer had failed.29 669 735 1356 642 945 1211 1299 517 1019 279 96 381 743 705 523 181 1279 272 337 477 865 236 330 295 1012 986 308 206 546 1095