Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Ford's Big Boss

1970 Ford Boss 429 Fastback Super Drag Pak, 11,000 Miles

It took five years for the Mustang to build its underhood herd to the prodigious fury embodied in the celebrated Boss 429, one of those milestone cars that stands alone in musclecar lore. Built to homologate the 429 “semi hemi” engine for NASCAR, the Boss 429 was assembled exclusively by Kar Kraft in Brighton, Michigan, who modified each Mustang’s front suspension and steering to accommodate the gigantic engine. 499 cars were produced for 1970, among which the Grabber Blue Star Car featured here is one of the most prominent.

One of the finest in existence, this original Boss has tallied only 11,000 original miles since it was purchased new at Kemp Motor Company in El Paso, Texas in 1970. Its extensive standard equipment includes manually-operated hood scoop, front and rear spoilers, a very handsome White-on-Black Deluxe D├ęcor interior, power steering and power front disc brakes, a Hurst-shifted close-ratio 4-speed and 3.91 Traction Lok rear end.

Among the car’s distinctions is its selection by Ford as one of the key historical vehicles in that company’s 100th Anniversary Celebration in Dearborn, Michigan. It has also been featured in a Ford promotion for the SVT Cobra Mustang, and recently won Best in Class at the invitation-only Bay Harbor Concours d'Elegance in Bay Harbor, Michigan.

This incredible 1970 Boss 429 crossed the block as Lot F239 at Dana Mecum's Spring Classic Auction in May 2009, selling for $199,000.

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