The Ford Mustang Boss 429 The Ultimate Muscle Car

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10 Things That Make The Ford Mustang Boss 429 The Ultimate Muscle Car

Some could argue that Ford might have failed with the seventh generation Mustang – and maybe even those that came before it – but there was a time when the Mustang was seen as one of the best muscle cars on the market. The name debuted in 1964, and when 1969 came, it was already time for a first makeover. That model year also brought one of the most amazing muscle cars Ford had to offer: the Mustang Boss 429. Limited to only 1358 units and produced for only two years, the 1969 Mustang Boss 429 is still one of the most desired muscle cars in the world.

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1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 assembly line

In 1969, Ford wanted to homologate its 429 semi-hemispherical engine for NASCAR racing, where it would compete with the 426 Hemi from Chrysler. But, according to NASCAR’s homologation rules, Ford had to use this engine in at least 500 units built for on-road usage. The company decided to place the engine in one of the current Mustang models, and it went with the Cobra Jet Mustang as the basis. Production of the Boss 429 engine begun in 1968 at the Ford Rouge plant. Both the engines and the Cobra Jet Mustangs were shipped to Kar Kraft of Dearborn, Michigan to be assembled. Production of the Mustang Boss 429 was limited to only 1358 units: 859 built in 1969 and 499 in 1970. Each unit received a special NASCAR identification placed under the driver’s side door and a “KK” number (units are numbered from KK #1201 to KK #2558).

9 The Boss 429 Has A Track-Focused Engine

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 engine

The ’69 Mustang Boss 429’s V-8 engine is an evolution of the Ford 385 engine and had a forged steel crankshaft and steel connecting rods. The engine featured dry-deck aluminum cylinder heads, where O-rings were used to seal off each of the cylinders. This way, the coolant circuit for the block was separate from the cooling circuit for the head. Each engine also featured a single 735 CFM Holley four-barrel carburetor mounted on an aluminum intake manifold. In the units built in 1969, the engine had a hydraulic lifter camshaft, while the ones built in 1970 it was replaced by a solid lifter camshaft. In 1970, the Mustang Boss 429 also received an improved dual exhaust system.

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8 The Most Powerful Mustang Of The 60s And Early 70s

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

For both the 1969 and 1970 model year, the V-8 engine delivered a total of 375 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 450 pound-feet of torque at 3,400 rpm. However, over the years, dyno testing has proven that the engines often produced much more than that. Still, even with 375 horsepower under its hood, the 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 was the most powerful Mustang of the time. Just for the sake of comparison, in its base form, the 1969 Mustang delivered a total of 120 horsepower, but there was also a 210-horsepower and 290-horsepower 302 cubic inch V-8, plus a 320 horsepower 390 cubic inch V-8. In the Cobra Jet, the 428 cubic inch V-8 delivered a total of 335 horsepower.

7 The Boss 429 Was Quite Fast For The Era

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

The engine could rev at 9,000 rpm for a long period of time, but for insurance purposes, it was limited to 6,200 rpm. Still, even at this lower rpm, the ’69 Mustang Boss 429 went from 0 to 30 mph in 3.2 seconds, from 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds and from 0 to 100 mph in 13.6 seconds. It ran the quarter mile in 14.09 seconds at a speed of 102 mph, while top speed was limited to 118 mph. Rumors suggest that the Boss 429 Mustang could actually hit a top speed of 170 – 175 mph, but do not expect anyone to try to reach these numbers.

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6 The 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Redefined Aggressive Design

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

For the Boss 429 engine to fit in the Cobra Jet Mustang, numerous modifications we needed, so the 1969 Mustang Boss 429 is slightly different from the Mustangs of the era. The front look was distinguished by a fully functional hood scoop, a chrome ring surrounding the radiator grille, a thin front bumper, and rounded headlights. Another distinctive feature is the matte-black integrated chin spoiler that was designed to reduce aerodynamic drag and the “Boss 429” emblem placed on the front fender. The Boss 429 Mustang also features a smaller rear end when compared to other Mustangs of the era. Because the battery was relocated from the engine bay to the trunk, there was also less cargo room. When compared to other Mustangs of the era, the 1969 Mustang Boss 420 was a little bit heavier and sat lower to the ground. It was also offered in unique exterior finishes, which made it even more appreciated by customers.

5 The Mustang Boss 429 Had A Simple Yet Elegant Interior

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

The interior of the Boss 429 Mustang was a lot more elegant than most of the other Mustangs, but at the same time basic when compared to the Shelby models. It was offered with Ford’s Deluxe Interior Decor Group that included, among other things, high-back bucket seats wrapped in leather and deluxe seat belts. In 1969 the only available interior color was black, while in 1970 the company also added white as an option. Ford was also offering lots of wood inserts on the dash, console and doors, plus a wood steering wheel in a three-spoke design. Because the front end required lots of changes to fit the big engine, there was no room left for the air conditioning.

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4 The Boss 429 Was Competitive On And Off The Track

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

Ford built the Mustang Boss 429 with racing in mind, so, in the year of its debut the muscle car dominated the NASCAR circuit. Despite being a heavy car, powered by a heavy engine, the Boss 429 was also a very fast car and that helped a lot during competitions. Of all the 54 races it entered in 1969 it won more than half of them. Actually, in the summer of 1969, the Boss 429 Mustang managed to win 11 competitions in a row. The next year, its presence in NASCAR was significantly reduced, and after that only private teams entered the car in racing competitions.

3 A Ford The Sells For Ferrari Money

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

When launched, the 1969 Mustang Boss 429 was priced at $4,740 – significantly higher than the base Mustang’s price of $2,848. Things have changed since then, and currently the 69 Mustang Boss 429 easily goes for Ferrari money. It is very difficult to find one for sale, and when they are listed, they go for big money. Anywhere between $200,000 and $400,000 is the normal rate – depending on the car’s condition, but there are units that sell for a lot more. For example, back in 2007, Barrett-Jackson auctioned one for $605,000, while another unit sold in June 2022 for $442,000. Currently, the most expensive Boss 429 Mustang we’ve found listed for sale comes from at a price of $649,900.

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2 The First Mustang Ever Fitted With A Rear Sway Bar

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

The Boss 429 engine added extra weight to the muscle car’s front end, so Ford had to find a solution to fix it. It installed a 3/4-inch sway bar to the rear end to make up for the weight up front and limit body roll. This made the 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 the first Mustang ever fitted with a rear sway bar. The sway bar led to better handling when compared to the other Mustangs of the era powered by bigger engines and made the Boss 429 a much more capable track car.

1 The Largest Factory (And Functional) Hood Scoop On A Mustang

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

One of the most dominating features of the 1969 Mustang Boss 429 is its hood scoop. When compared to other Mustangs of the era, the hood scoop on the Boss 429 was larger, fully functional, and driver controlled. It allowed for cold air to get into the carburetor that helped improve fuel-air mixture. The hood scoop was offered in the same finish as the rest of the body for the 1969 model year and was finished black in 1970. To this day, it is the largest to ever be featured on a Mustang.

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