David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/5/19 1:03 p.m.

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Story by David S. Wallens • Photos by Tom Suddard

Sharks are always feeding, according to popular lore; it’s why so many swim with their mouths open. Their counterparts in the collector car market likewise keep their ears open, always seeking the next hot tip. Drew Alcazar, the face of the Russo and Steele auction house, picked up the trail of this time-capsule Boss Mustang from a kid at the Pomona swap meet back in the mid-’80s.

Alcazar was there showing off his 1969 Boss 429 Mustang, a model created by Ford to homologate their new NASCAR engine–the one designed to take on Chrysler’s famed Hemi. Kar Kraft handled the conversions, widening the engine bay in order to fit the 429-cubic-inch engine, each one backed by a four-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. To help offset the big-block engine’s heft, the battery was relocated to the trunk. That hood scoop? It was functional.

Production of the Boss 429 Mustang only spanned the 1969 and 1970 model years, with just 1358 examples built. Alcazar describes the one that he was showing as “spectacular.”

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