When looking back at the history of muscle cars, one model stands out in American car-making: the 1969 Boss 429 Mustang. Though originally intended to compete with the Corvette, the Boss didn’t quite live up to Ford’s high hopes, and was discontinued relatively quickly after production continued from 1969 to 1970.
Each vehicle was hand assembled at the Kar Kraft facility in Brighton, Michigan. Production numbers were low, making each of the only 859 units just a little more special. In fact, some say that the Boss 429 may be the most valuable muscle car built in the 1960s because of its rarity.
Available in five colors (raven black, royal maroon, black jade, candy apple red, and Wimbeldon white), the Boss 429 featured black interior trim, and an impressive stock NASCAR version 429 engine. The car was based on the SportsRoof design, like its counterpart the Boss 302, which Ford produced to qualify for Trans-Am racing. A manually controlled hood scoop which matched the exterior color gave the body a more impressive look.
A ride in one of these during the summer days could get very warm–the size of the engine meant no air conditioning, yikes! Also, automatic transmission was unavailable in these models; instead, it featured a four-speed manual transmission.
The V8 engine lent the Boss 429 a top speed of 118 mph and 375 horsepower at 5,200rpm. This muscle car could go 0-60mph in 7.1 seconds and 0-100 in 13.6 seconds. Indeed, hearing its engine roar would surely get the attention of all those around.
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