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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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2024 Honda XR650L Dual Sport Preview

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American Honda maintains its venerable XR650L into 2024, with no notable changes to the stalwart platform. It will remain priced at $6,999 and will only be available in the white color scheme shown below.

“A motorcycle of legendary status, the XR650L continues to stand the test of time, thanks in part to its simple, no-frills design and relentless dependability,” American Honda says in its official press release. “Backed by an incredible record of success in Baja, this dual-sport icon has amassed a loyal following of enthusiasts around the globe since its introduction in 1993.

The 2024 Honda XR650L will remain priced at $6,999.
The 2024 Honda XR650L will remain priced at $6,999. (Honda/)

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As is evident by the longevity of other dual sport motorcycles, like the KLR650 and DR650S, big single-cylinder machines continue to have appeal. The XR650L is no exception in this case, but it does now stand as one of the most simple of the bunch mechanically, now that Kawasaki has finally given in to fuel injection.

The 644cc mill is air-cooled, features a 42.5 diaphragm-type CV carburetor, and puts power to the ground by way of a five-speed transmission. The bike is ready for some hard time off-road too thanks to the sealed battery, dry-sump design, black spoked rims, and long-travel suspension.

The suspension is actually one area where the XR650L shines among its closest competitors, offering effective Showa kit front and rear. The long-travel, air-adjustable fork has 16-position compression damping and gives riders up to 11.6 inches of travel. The Showa shock comes with spring-preload, 20-position compression, and 20-position rebound-damping adjustability and 11 inches of travel. These specs outshine those of both the Kawi and Suzuki.

Its price tag is also one of the most competitive of the small group of largely-untouched-so-are-now-retro-cool dual sports, beating out the Suzuki and pricing just $100 above the standard trim and S-level KLRs.

2024 Honda XR650L Dual Sport Technical Specifications and Price

Price:$6,999Engine:644cc, SOHC, air-cooled single; 4-valveBore x Stroke:100.0 x 82.0mmCompression Ratio:8.3:1Fuel Delivery:42.5mm diaphragm-type CV carburetorClutch:Wet, multiplate slipper/assistTransmission/Final Drive:5-speed/chainFrame:Semi-double cradle steelFront Suspension:43mm air-adjustable axle Showa cartridge fork, compression damping adjustable; 11.6 in. travelRear Suspension:Pro-Link Showa shock, spring-preload, compression and rebound damping adjustable; 11.0 in. travelFront Brake:2-piston caliper, 256mm discRear Brake:220mm discWheels, Front/Rear:Spoked rims; 21 in. / 18 in.Tires, Front/Rear:21×3.00 / 18×4.60Rake/Trail:27.0°/4.0 in.Wheelbase:57.3 in.Seat Height:37.0 in.Fuel Capacity:2.8 gal.Claimed Curb Weight:346 lb.Available:March 2024Contact:powersports.honda.com

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By: Byron Wilson
Title: 2024 Honda XR650L Dual Sport Preview
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/honda-xr650l-dual-sport-preview/
Published Date: Mon, 04 Mar 2024 11:00:01 +0000

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Speed Read: A razor-sharp BMW R1300GS from Switzerland and more

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The latest custom motorcycles and bike news.
The Swiss maestros at VTR Customs deliver the first custom BMW R1300GS that we’ve seen, while Radical Speedshop builds a bespoke Moto Guzzi café racer like no other. We also look at a tidy Yamaha XT500 restomod and a stunning 1949 Triumph Speed Twin bobber.

BMW R1300GS by VTR Customs
BMW R1300GS by VTR Customs When BMW announced its new flagship adventure motorcycle, the BMW R1300GS, we knew it was only a matter of time before we saw it customized. Thanks to Switzerland’s VTR Customs, we didn’t have to wait too long.

Big adventure-style bikes with go-fast bits are all the rage right now. Machines like the Ducati Multistrada V4 RS and BMS M1000XR are primed for riders who want adventure bike ergonomics in a performance-orientated road-going package. This is probably what inspired the mad scientists at VTR Customs.

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Speed Read: A razor-sharp BMW R1300GS from Switzerland and more
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-motorcycle-news-march-3-2024
Published Date: Sun, 03 Mar 2024 19:12:35 +0000

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Audi Tops the Luxury Car Safety Charts in 2023

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Safety is becoming more important to luxury car buyers. Wealthy individuals want vehicles that will protect themselves and their passengers.

However, it isn’t always clear which brand offers the best safety profile. Now, though, figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal a winner – the German automaker Audi.

The NHTSA looked at the rate of crashes per 1,000 drivers and found that Audi had a crash rate of just 0.54, putting it below tech leader Mercedes at 0.55 and far from Subaru which was up at 0.75.

The question on many people’s lips is why Audi is so safe. After all, Mercedes is the manufacturer that tends to bring the latest safety technology to market first.

The main reason appears to be the brand’s heavy investment in safety technology in recent years. The company conducts significant research and development in-house, allowing it to bring technologies to market at a lower price point than its rivals. Drivers benefit from comprehensive safety features across the range instead of solely on high-end models.

re Advanced Safety Features Necessary?

Previously, skeptics scoffed at the value of advanced car safety features, calling them gimmicky. However, the evidence suggests that it is effective, especially in recent years. Advanced driver assistance systems are finally coming of age and having a noticeable impact on the number of insurance claims. Data from LexisNexis Risk Solutions suggests that bodily injury claims are 27 percent lower with these systems, and property damage claims are 19 percent lower. 

These statistics are good news for drivers. It means that they can expect statistically different outcomes driving Audi vehicles than conventional cars. It represents a genuine upgrade. 

Car accident attorney Adam S. Kutcher is at the forefront of the consequences of vehicle collisions. The lawyer has tremendous knowledge of how vehicle accidents can cause harm.

“The people that come to us are real people who are often going through the most challenging time in their life,” he says. “People worry about who will pay their medical bills and lost wages, even if insurers agree to pay to replace vehicles. That’s why this new technology is so exciting for everyone who practices in this area. We don’t want to see people getting hurt. Instead, we want to make sure everyone stays safe and that as many people avoid this harrowing experience as possible.”

Currently, tort law is helpful to victims of car accidents through additional provisions in the legal code. But the reality is that many people never recover from their injuries and can’t go back to work, regardless of the medical care they receive.

“We can sometimes get big rewards for people seriously injured in car accidents, but financial compensation is only ever partial,” says Kutcher. “Money can’t fix a disability or even a tragic death in the family for an auto accident. That’s why car manufacturers are stepping up to the plate and investing in this technology.”

The Components Of Advanced Driver Safety Systems

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Advanced driver safety systems refer to a plethora of technologies car manufacturers are including in their vehicles thanks to advances in software and chip technology.

Automatic emergency braking is one of the most coveted features. Vehicles can now brake independently of drivers if they believe a crash is imminent, preventing rear-end shunts and jackknifes at interchanges.

Manufacturers have gradually increased the range of situations in which this technology will activate over recent years. Previously, it was solely to stop drivers from bumping into the car ahead, but now cameras can detect cross-traffic, even when reversing, and

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By: Wilson Lim
Title: Audi Tops the Luxury Car Safety Charts in 2023
Sourced From: www.luxuo.com/cars/automobile/audi-tops-the-luxury-car-safety-charts-in-2023.html
Published Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2023 07:56:16 +0000

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