The chance of finding a 1960s original muscle car with low mileage is about as rare as spotting the original muscleman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, revisiting Muscle Beach in southern California these days. But our eBay Top Shared page pointed us to one of these rare beauties (the car, not the man) up for auction.
Today’s remarkable listing is the 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429:
This vintage car has a very low 2,200 miles on its original re-built engine. From the listing:
“Many collectors believe that the 1969-1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 to be the prominent muscle car of the entire era, due in part to it’s large 429 cubic inch NASCAR motor, producing 375 Horsepower, and its very low production.
Only 858 were made in the two year production run. These rare cars were taken off the regular production line and sent to straight to Kar Kraft. Our car is finished in Wimbledon White and was purchased new in New York and sent to Tasca Ford in Providence, Rhode Island (a famous race car preparation shop) and made into a 1/4 mile drag car. She has only 2219 original miles (albeit 1/2 mile at a time) and is all original. She primarily ran races along the eastern seaboard and had moderate success. The motor was rebuilt when we purchased the car – This is a 100% original car, all numbers are matching.
Featured in a drag racing magazine in 1970, she is well documented to be a 10.50 second 1/4 mile racer with a top speed of 118 MPH.”
The Boss 429 was created because of the rules surrounding NASCAR racing in the late 1960s. The “homologation” rule stated that when “a racing class requires that the vehicles raced be production vehicles only slightly adapted for racing, manufacturers typically produce a limited run of such vehicles for public sale so that they can legitimately race them in the class. These vehicles are commonly called ‘homologation specials.’” The limited number of Boss 429s in existence makes this vehicle especially coveted by collectors and auto-enthusiasts alike.
The motor media is in a hubbub over this listing, which has caught the attention of reporters at “Motor Authority” and “Jalopnik.” The reporters explain that part of the attraction of this car is that it is a period piece, including its era-appropriate drag racing accessories. The $185,000 minimum bid, however, has sparked some ardent opinions from readers. One commenter at “Jalopnik” asserts, “Considering Boss ‘9s can easily go for 200-250k, this is actually a very good deal.” But there are consequences to owning the dream, captured by another commenter: “Don’t you know what it means to become a Boss 429 guy? It changes everything. I’d have to dress different. I’d have to act different.” What do you think? Is it too much car for you, or just enough?