Penned by David Neyens
For today’s hard-core “Blue Oval” admirers and demanding collectors, no other performance automobile compares to Ford’s mighty and rare Manager 429 Mustang of 1969-70. Intended and developed at the peak of Ford Motor Company’s all-out “Total Performance” corporate marketing campaign, the storming new Mustang had just a person function – to homologate Ford’s new hemi-head Manager 429 motor for NASCAR Grand National racing. Ford was enthusiastic by an urgent have to have for a racing powerplant with far better significant-rpm respiratory than the venerable 427 “Wedge” and NASCAR’s refusal to approve the exotic SOHC 427 “Cammer.”
While Ford’s then-current NASCAR contenders had been the Torino Talladega, Mercury Cyclone and Cyclone Spoiler II, Ford went to additional lengths to in shape the enormous new “crescent head” Manager 429 V8 into the Mustang. Even though an high priced, labor-intense shift by volume-oriented Ford, only 500 Manager 429 engines necessary to be set up into a output Ford Motor Corporation design – any would do. Therefore, in depth modifications had been essential to generate the “Boss ’9” Mustang, with the vehicles effectively hand-built by Ford racing subcontractor Kar Kraft of Brighton, Michigan, with structural modifications together with the intricate reducing and relocation of the manufacturing unit-original entrance shock towers and a reduced front experience top.
A total bundle and much much more than the sum of its quite a few particular elements, the Boss 429 Mustang was loaded with Ford’s greatest specialized high-performance elements. Between them have been a stout Toploader shut-ratio 4-speed transmission, 9-inch Traction-Lok rear finish with 3.91:1 gears, motor oil cooler, trunk-mounted battery, levels of competition suspension with entrance and rear anti-roll bars and staggered rear shocks, electric power front disc/rear drum brakes, and chrome Magnum 500 wheels with intense F60x15 belted elevated-white-letter tires. A massive chilly-air intake scoop atop the lengthy Mustang hood, discreet Boss 429 decals at each front fender, and a decidedly menacing ahead-raked stance have been the only external clues of the mechanical mayhem ready to be unleashed by the Manager 429.
Ford officially rated the “street” Manager 429 at 375 horsepower, a determine perfectly underneath both its true and opportunity output. Shown from $4,087 new, the Manager 429 Mustang was the priciest non-Shelby Mustang Ford supplied at the time. Dependent on the supply consulted, creation arrived at 858-859 (which includes two Boss 429 Cougars) for 1969, followed by 499 or 500 a lot more for the model’s past hurrah in 1970. Real to plan, the Manager 429 motor was incredibly productive in competitors, with Cale Yarborough scoring Ford’s initially Boss 429 NASCAR victory at its debut, the March 30, 1969, Atlanta 500 – a race he totally dominated, top 308 of 334 laps. After released in adequate numbers to meet Ford’s NASCAR agenda, the Boss 429 was successfully campaigned on drag strips in the wildly well-known new heads-up Pro Inventory course, cementing the Boss 429 legend. Inspite of its quick two-calendar year manufacturing cycle and modest creation figures, the Manager 429 produced a huge influence on motorsports history and generations of Ford and Mustang fanatics globally.
This Royal Maroon 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 is amongst the 1st 279 vehicles of the series developed with the special “S-Code” engines showcasing heavier-obligation NASCAR-spec connecting rods, beefy ½-inch rod bolts, and cross-drilled cast crankshafts. Assigned Kar Kraft serial range 1358, the bushy Boss 429 was sent new to Burk Ford in Perry, Iowa, for sale. The handsome item of a modern and full restoration at Muscle mass Automobile Restoration in Owasso, Oklahoma, the Boss attributes such accurate precise features as a RUG AE2 coded 4-speed handbook transmission and N situation 3.91:1 rear end, a suitable HP engine block with early-model intake, a appropriate carburetor and distributor, proper KKX spindles, a rear sway bar, and a trunk-mounted battery. Offering with No Reserve at the impending Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction June 30-July 2, this freshly restored and visually spectacular 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 signifies Dearborn’s reply to Chrysler’s Hemi automobiles on the observe, in the top NASCAR S-Code early specification.
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