1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429
During the years 1969 through 1970, Ford introduced a high performance variant of it's popular Mustang line called the Ford Mustang Boss 429. Once you saw one, you never forgot it. It still to this very day is one of the most sought after muscle cars ever created. If you ask any muscle car enthusiast or collector about the 1960 Ford Mustang Boss 429 you had better be prepared for hours on end of conversation.
When this variant of Mustang hit the stores it had people's eyes bugging and jaws dropping.
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This engine was so big that Ford had to modify their Mach 1 Mustang to fit this thing in it and the engineers and designers, primarily Kar Kraft had it's hands full to say the least. After cutting, widening, pushing and pulling they finally got this variant rolling and rolling it did.
Looking at the specs we see it had a V8 engine, a valvetrain OHV, displacement of 1939 cc/429.0 cubic inches, a bore of 110.74 mm / 4.36 inches, stroke of 91.2 mm / 3.59 in, compression of 10.5:1, horsepower of 179.6 kw / 374.9 bhp at 5,200 rpm, torque of 610.12 mm / 450.0 ft lbs at 3,400 rpm. It's body frame was steel, front brakes discs with Power Assist, 287.mm / 11.3 inches, rear breaks drums with Power Assist, steering recirculating ball with Power Assist. A 4 speed manual transmission, a weight of 3,530 lbs / 1,601 kg, wheelbase of 108.0 inches / 2743 mm, length of 187.4 inches / 4,760 mm, and a height of 50.4 inches / 1,280 mm.
Enthusiasts will recall how this muscle car came at the behest of NASCAR. To compete, Ford engineered the 429 for this purpose. Since Chrysler had their 426 in the NASCAR Grand National Division, Ford wanted in as well. The popular Mustang was chosen and the rest is history. As noted earlier the Mach 1 was the modified car which thus became the now fabled 1960 Ford Mustang Boss 429. The 385 engine was the source of the modification to the 429. Because sales of this car dwindled it was the last of it's breed adding to it's rarity.
Undoubtedly the 1960 Ford Mustang Boss 429 is now a member of legend and one of the most highly collectible cars. The fact that homologation was the desire to compete in NASCAR that added bit of history adds to the mystique and that Kar Kraft was the contractor makes this model so much a part of muscle car legend that it's often the talk of automotive enthusiasts the world over.
Extra specs of the 1960 Ford Mustang Boss 429 include 0-30 mph in 3.2 seconds, 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds, and 0-100 mph in 13.6 seconds. It could hit a top speed of 118 mph.
So if you want not only a piece of history but also become a part of history then this classic muscle car with it's rarity and design is a collectible that will have the neighbors talking for years to come.