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Selling with No Reserve in Las Vegas: This Wimbledon White 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 (Lot #759).


There’s something about a body-in-white high-performance car that radiates an exclusive prototype vibe that is much more about the car’s engine than any exterior color one might think of. The look of the Boss 429 under the hood of a Mustang was one of the most impressive sights during the rise of the entire muscle car phenomenon, and remains so to this day.

This particular 1969 Boss 429, which will be selling with No Reserve at the 2021 Las Vegas Auction as Lot #759, is an ideal example. The Wimbledon White paint almost hides its true potential to unsuspecting eyes, but the very shape of the Mustang is its own visual reward. Thanks to the design expertise and general hot-rod enthusiasm of the great Larry Shinoda, the Boss 429 presented itself as a leading-edge approach to perhaps the most exciting moment of that classic era.

During the car’s creation when Shinoda was asked by his compatriots about his new project he simply told them it was “the Boss’ car,” and the name stuck. That boss was Bunkie Knudsen, who headed up Ford’s stock car racing program. Besides, if they had called this hot new engine “the Bunkie 429,” it might not have caught on in the street-scene quite so readily.

The final construction of all Boss 429s was performed by Ford’s go-to specialty fabricator of Kar Kraft in Brighton, Michigan. Their resume included the development of the GT40 Mark II and Mark IV ‒ both Le Mans winners in 1966 and 1967. It took that kind of skill, talent and dedication to make the car of Knudson’s vision and Shinoda’s imagination possible, practical and ultimately so very collectible.

The interior of this specimen is all original and even offers a deluxe AM radio, which likely never had much use. Naturally, you’ll find the battery located in the trunk to keep some weight off the front end, although there wasn’t any spare room under the hood anyway.

To keep this engine combo in the good graces of government watchdogs of the day, the factory chose a smaller Holley 735 cfm carburetor to help ensure dyno-testing would reveal less potential than what was really there – and at the same time calm the engine’s output for street use by keeping the horsepower number down to a less aggressive, more socially acceptable level. Ironically, the same strategy did not apply to the Boss 302, since it used a larger 780 cfm version to boost and boast of the power even more on their soon-to-be-famous small-block.

It’s NASCAR-derived crescent-head 429ci powerhouse engine utilizes a 4-speed manual transmission to send good will back to a set of 3.91 Traction-Lok gears. And this one now rides on new springs and shocks. Power steering and brakes were standard for a dash of driver comfort.

This hand-assembled 1969 Boss 429 sports the Kar Kraft model number 1404. It had been treated to an older restoration that brought it up to its former glory. The car is fully documented and includes a Marti Report.

Just remember that two of automotive history’s most talented personalities had you in mind when they conspired to make this fabulous Mustang. When this 429 crosses the block, it might be wise to not ignore the Boss.

For up-to-date information on this vehicle, click HERE. For a look at all the vehicles headed to the 2021 Las Vegas Auction (with more being added daily), click HERE.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: THE BOSS’ CAR: A Wimbledon White 429 offered with No Reserve
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Published Date: Thu, 27 May 2021 18:58:51 +0000

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Grunter—A Six-Figure Vincent Rapide Headlining Bonhams

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1938 Vincent Series-A Rapide Motorcycle
Countless motorcycle manufacturers popped up in the 1920s and ’30s in Britain, but somehow, none quite as cool as Vincent. High-end speed machines, combining old-school big-displacement twins, monochrome finishes and titillating names like Rapide and Black Shadow, a Vincent V-twin welcomes you into any roundtable of motorcycling, and it’s not hard to see why. A seat rarely opens at the Vincent Owners Club, even more so when you’re talking about an ultra-rare first-series Rapide.

1938 Vincent Series-A Rapide Motorcycle

One of just 79 built, the Series-A Rapide represents Vincent’s first foray into V-twins—an endeavor that established Vincent as the superbike of the day. There are faster Vincents, and on occasion more valuable ones, but the rarity and significance of the Series-A Rapide is hard to overstate. As such, this restored 1938 Rapide highlights Bonhams’ upcoming Spring Stafford Sale with an estimated hammer price of $300,854 to $350,997.

While Vincent didn’t pioneer the V-twin, their execution is at least worthy of an honorable mention. Philip Vincent’s start in motorcycles echoes many of his peers of the era, becoming interested in bikes at a young age and crafting a few ‘specials’ of his own design in the late 1920s. At age 20, Vincent filed a patent for a cantilevered rear suspension design, and with backing from his family, he purchased the financially troubled HRD brand from Howard R Davies in 1928.

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Title: Grunter—A Six-Figure Vincent Rapide Headlining Bonhams
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Fast Tubes

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1969 Rennmax BN3Photo: Ian Welsh
1969 Rennmax BN3
Photo: Ian WelshIt can’t be denied that the world of motor racing, both contemporary and historic, is saturated with egos. Some would say that it’s all really driven by egos, and that is sometimes directly connected to the size of the wallet. Perhaps without such egos we wouldn’t have motor racing at all.

So egos are certainly important, but there is something else that’s behind so many involved in motor racing and, in particular, historic motor sport. I am referring of course to the passion that many have for the sport. A passion that is so strong in some that it outweighs the need for podium finishes and is certainly far stronger than whatever shekels may influence others.

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Gordon Murray Automotive’s new T.50 production line

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Premium British vehicle manufacturer Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) has announced a strategic move of its T.50 supercar production to the company’s newly-built Group headquarters at Highams Park, Surrey. The new site has already taken over manufacturing of the GMA T.50 supercar from its previous production facility at Dunsfold Park. This decision will see T.50 manufacturing benefit from a wealth of efficiencies, while enabling the business to streamline carbon fiber monocoque production for T.33 prototypes and future models at Dunsfold Park. Used for development, testing and homologation-related crash testing, the monocoques will now be produced on-site, accelerating the supercar’s pre-production processes.



GMA advances T.50 production to new Highams Park HQ to streamline future model manufacturingMove sees the continuation of T.50 customer car production at new multi-million-pound facilityDecision enables dedicated T.33 prototype monocoque production at GMA’s Dunsfold Park siteHighams Park will continue to build the T.50, ahead of producing the T.50s, T.33, and T.33 Spider

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Building the new Gordon Murray Group HQ at Highams Park near the village of Windlesham saw investment of more than £50 million, and the creation of a broad range of specialized job roles to support full scale production. The new campus will be the Group’s global headquarters – home to a purpose-built 4,300 square meter Vehicle Production Centre, and the Gordon Murray Heritage collection. The site also features a specially-designed Vehicle Dynamics Test Road, used for final validation and pre-delivery checks of new GMA supercars – all set in 54 acres of beautiful English parkland. For customers opting to take delivery of their cars from Highams Park, the new HQ offers the ideal setting at its dedicated Driving Perfection Customer Centre, where owners can specify, set-up, and take delivery of their GMA supercar.

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Title: Gordon Murray Automotive’s new T.50 production line
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