Tuesday, January 17, 2017

2 weeks after purchasing his 1969 Boss 429, Bill parked it, over an engine warranty issue. When he sold it in 2008, it still only had 775 miles on it.

here is a good example of how to take a good photo that represents the cars best features by using the camera lens to manipulate the image, and the setting the car is in to prevent any distractions from causing your eye to wander from the car. I bet you like one of these photos more than the other.

How had this car come to exist 40 years later without seeing 1,000 miles? After buying and driving the Boss 429 for less than two weeks, the exotic engine seized up. Bill wanted a replacement, he demanded (and lawyered up) for a S series Nascar derived Boss 429, not the lame T series the factory switched to in order to save money.

But by that point, the factory was only installing the T-series and not the S-series as used in Bill's Mustang.

 Bill insisted on getting an S-series replacement. The disagreement eventually ended up with lawsuits and lawyers before it was settled in Bill's favor.

In the meantime, Bill had ordered a '71 429 SJC Mustang hardtop. With the Boss in storage, he simply tucked the replacement engine away with the stored car and kept racing the newer Mustang. While he never thought about it as a collectible, he told Ed he knew the car was special since the factory had discontinued production. It became simply out-of-sight, out-of-mind. His wife never even had a ride in it, until it was brought back to life and drove into the 2008 Forge Musclecar Classic car show at Marriott MeadowView Resort's convention center

Owning a speedshop and gas station, he was busy enjoying the life, and sorta forgot to do anything with the Boss 429.

But as soon as it saw light, and collectors lost their mind, and a blank check was written, it changed hands for only the second time. I believe this will show up at auction after auction the rest of our lives.


The hardcore "S-Code" was installed in early cars and filled with race-duty parts. But the S-Code had warranty problems, because of an incorrect assembly process. So the "T-Code" with lighter-duty parts was used in some cars. The later "A-Code" version of the 429, equipped with smog equipment and a new valvetrain, appeared toward the end of production.


  1. This happens to me all the time.

    1. truly the difference between rich people and poor people... how many things they buy and forget. Take that number, and make it the exponential on one of those 1 x 10 to the X power, X being the number of things the person has bought and forgotten about