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LOT #741 – 1969 FORD MUSTANG BOSS 429 – NO RESERVE

For today’s hard-core “Blue Oval” fans and demanding collectors, no other performance car compares to Ford’s mighty and rare Boss 429 Mustang of 1969-70. Designed and built at the height of Ford Motor Company’s all-out “Total Performance” corporate campaign, the storming new Mustang had just one purpose – to homologate Ford’s new hemi-head Boss 429 engine for NASCAR Grand National racing. Ford was motivated by an urgent need for a racing powerplant with better high-rpm breathing than the venerable 427 “Wedge” and NASCAR’s refusal to approve the exotic SOHC 427 “Cammer.”

While Ford’s then-current NASCAR contenders were the Torino Talladega, Mercury Cyclone and Cyclone Spoiler II, Ford went to extra lengths to fit the huge new “crescent head” Boss 429 V8 into the Mustang. While an expensive, labor-intensive move by volume-oriented Ford, only 500 Boss 429 engines needed to be installed into a production Ford Motor Company model – any would do. Consequently, extensive modifications were required to create the “Boss ’9” Mustang, with the cars essentially hand-built by Ford racing subcontractor Kar Kraft of Brighton, Michigan, with structural modifications including the intricate cutting and relocation of the factory-original front shock towers and a lowered front ride height.

A complete package and far more than the sum of its many specific parts, the Boss 429 Mustang was loaded with Ford’s best specialized high-performance components. Among them were a stout Toploader close-ratio 4-speed transmission, 9-inch Traction-Lok rear end with 3.91:1 gears, engine oil cooler, trunk-mounted battery, competition suspension with front and rear anti-roll bars and staggered rear shocks, power front disc/rear drum brakes, and chrome Magnum 500 wheels with aggressive F60x15 belted raised-white-letter tires. A large cold-air intake scoop atop the long Mustang hood, discreet Boss 429 decals at each front fender, and a decidedly menacing forward-raked stance were the only external clues of the mechanical mayhem ready to be unleashed by the Boss 429.

Ford officially rated the “street” Boss 429 at 375 horsepower, a figure well below both its actual and potential output. Listed from $4,087 new, the Boss 429 Mustang was the priciest non-Shelby Mustang Ford offered at the time. Depending on the source consulted, production reached 858-859 (including two Boss 429 Cougars) for 1969, followed by 499 or 500 more for the model’s last hurrah in 1970. True to plan, the Boss 429 engine was very successful in competition, with Cale Yarborough scoring Ford’s first Boss 429 NASCAR victory at its debut, the March 30, 1969, Atlanta 500 – a race he utterly dominated, leading 308 of 334 laps. Once released in sufficient numbers to meet Ford’s NASCAR agenda, the Boss 429 was successfully campaigned on drag strips in the wildly popular new heads-up Pro Stock class, cementing the Boss 429 legend. Despite its short two-year production cycle and small production numbers, the Boss 429 made a huge impact on motorsports history and generations of Ford and Mustang fanatics worldwide.

This Royal Maroon 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 is among the first 279 cars of the series produced with the special “S-Code” engines featuring heavier-duty NASCAR-spec connecting rods, beefy ½-inch rod bolts, and cross-drilled forged crankshafts. Assigned Kar Kraft serial number 1358, the hairy Boss 429 was delivered new to Burk Ford in Perry, Iowa, for sale. The handsome product of a recent and complete restoration at Muscle Car Restoration in Owasso, Oklahoma, the Boss features such correct specific features as a RUG AE2 coded 4-speed manual transmission and N case 3.91:1 rear end, a correct HP engine block with early-style intake, a correct carburetor and distributor, correct KKX spindles, a rear sway bar, and a trunk-mounted battery. Selling with No Reserve at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction June 30-July 2, this freshly restored and visually stunning 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 signifies Dearborn’s reply to Chrysler’s Hemi cars on the track, in the ultimate NASCAR S-Code early specification.

For up-to-date information on this vehicle, click HERE. 

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: BIG BOSS: The 429 Showcases Ford’s Best Specialized High-Performance Components From 1969
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/big-boss-the-429-showcases-fords-best-specialized-high-performance-components-from-1969/
Published Date: Thu, 26 May 2022 18:53:37 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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