1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Performance
- Engine: 375 HP Boss 429 V-8
- Horespower @ RPM: 375 @ 5200
- Torque @ RPM: 450 @ 3400
- Transmission: Four Speed Manual
- Axle Ratio: 3.91:1
- Weight: 3,870
- 0-60 mph 7.1
- 0-100 mph 13.6
- Standing ¼ mi 14.09 @ 102.85 mph
- Top speed 118 mph
Out of all the muscle cars that roamed the Earth during the infamous golden muscle car era, there’s no other car that can replicate the legacy of this rare Mustang Boss. Back in 1969, it was the first car to ever equip the Hemi-engine by Ford.
Back in the days, Chrysler’s big bad 426 engines was the best among the rest. Then one day, Ford decided that they wanted to build one as well, they wanted to keep a head to head competition. To legally participate they must follow NASCAR’s rules, they need to build 500 models and then sell it to the public if they want to put it on-track.
A harshly underestimated 375 horsepower engine called Boss 429 was born. There’s no doubt it can perform well in the streets. Some people say that, it was underrated in horsepower and torque to keep down the insurance rates for the car. It can actually produce somewhere between 430-450 HP. Unlike any other engines from Ford, it has a wider cylinder head and it used the ‘Top Loader’ close ratio, four speed manual because basically, the cars couldn’t handle the torque.
A basic Mustang car that’s going to equip the new engine has to go a heavy customization and Ford contracted Kar Kraft in Brighton Michigan to do the necessary modifications. Released on 1969, each Mustang Boss 429 has a KK sticker inside the driver’s door.
The first Boss 429 was numbered “KK NASCAR 1201” while the last one from 1969 was numbered 2059.
The massive hood scoop along with the wide tires and bulging fenders indicates that there’s some massive beast hiding beneath the hood although the simple and clean look gives the car a tame appearance. During 1969, this car was available in five colors: Wimbledon White, Royal Maroon, Raven Black, Black Jade and Candy Apple Red. While 1970 versions were painted Grabber Blue, Grabber Green, Grabber Orange, Calypso Orange and Pastel Blue and comes with a gloss black painted hood scoop.
Over 1,300 Boss 429 Mustangs were built in 1969 and 1970 before ending its factory racing program.
For the last 4 decades, this car is one of those iconic cars that define what a muscle car is. Ford Mustang possessed a charm that can draw your attention. From its appearance and performance, its always one of the crowd’s favorite every time it shows up at any car show.
We should give thanks to the late Larry Shinoda for creating such an amazing vehicle. This car will always be remembered as one of the most unique and iconic muscle car to ever roam the planet.