Few Ford Mustang models have quite the appeal of the 1969 Boss 429, and there happens to be one up for grabs, if you can afford it.
A seller in the Netherlands is offering a Wimbledon White Boss 429 on JamesEdition for 350,000 euros, or about $480,000 at current exchange rates. The car is numbers-matching, and was recently treated to a full restoration.
The Boss 429 is one of those classic cars with the perfect combination of pedigree, exclusivity, and a good story. It was essentially built as a ploy to get Ford's 429-cubic-inch V-8 certified for NASCAR competition, back when NASCAR rules still required "stock" cars to share more than a name with their streetgoing counterparts.
By selling a small number of Boss 429 Mustangs to the public, Ford was allowed to swap the big engine into the sedans it actually raced in NASCAR, and buyers got an impressive muscle car in the bargain.
According to the seller, that 429 V-8 develops 375 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. Coupled to a four-speed manual transmission, The Boss will do 0 to 60 mph in an estimated 7.1 seconds, and run the quarter mile in 14.09 seconds at 102.85 mph.
However, the new owner may want to think twice about driving the Boss too vigorously. Only 859 Boss 429s were made over just two model years: 1969 and 1970.
If the legend and exceeding rarity don't justify the asking price, this Boss 429 might make the perfect impulse buy for the One-Percenter looking to celebrate the Mustang's 50th anniversary in style. The car will officially turn 50 on April 17, 2014, and Ford has several events lined up to mark the occasion.