When Ford decided to build big block Mustangs, Mr. Shelby advised them that the weight of the engine would make the car very boring in the corners. But Dearborn had to answer the 426 Hemi-powered Charger and the 427 Chevrolets. Their answer was to hire a racing supplier to modify a few Mustangs. The only firm that answered their call was Kar Kraft, and they figured out how to fit the monster 429 under the hood.
Not only did it require the shock towers to be cut down, the Boss 429 doesn’t share many parts with lesser ponies. This V8 was all-new, and built to compete in NASCAR. Mr. France would not allow it without a few examples being sold to the public. Therefore Kar Kraft agreed to build 1,350 cars. The first car was KK 1201, and the final was # 2558. This car is # 1,798, and only 1 of 238 to be painted Candy Apple Red. Only 857 cars were built in 1969, and they have hydraulic lifters. The 1970 cars all had solid lifters that require adjustment on a regular basis.
To add icing to the cake, the original owner opted for power brakes, Deluxe Decor, the Visibility Group and a black interior. Everything from the water pump to the 3.91 Traction-Lok gears has recently been rebuilt to original specs. For added peace of mind you will have the original shipping invoice emblazoned with the signature of Lois Emiger. As an employee at Ford’s headquarters, she knew these cars would be the most desired Mustangs of all time, so she kept the most significant invoices from reaching the shredder.
Kevin Marti also lent a hand to verify this car’s history, which he verified by the original invoice of $4,025.23 and by decoding the matching door tag. Being the centerpiece of a Florida collection, it was delivered new to Cook Whitehead Ford in Panama City. It doesn’t get any better than this, and that’s why it needs a loving home.
This lot is one of the vehicles offered at GAA Classic Cars’ upcoming auction in Greensboro NC November 5-7, 2020. Register to bid online or in-person today!