First Boss 429 to roll off the Kar Kraft Assembly Line "Job 1"
This is the first Ford Mustang Boss 429 to roll off the Kar Kraft assembly line. This car was the result of Ford President Semon "Bunkie" Knudsen wanting to increase the Mustang performance image and to satisfy the NASCAR rule of selling 500 429 engines in street cars to be eligible for use in NASCAR. Both goals were achieved.
Beautiful model and excellent pictures.
Cool model and cool piece of automotive history.
Great looking model. Really like the grey John Wick car or the bright red that was just released.
@gavin The sad thing about the John Wick car is the misrepresentation of it being a Boss 429, the truth is the car in the movie was really a Mach 1, the hood scoop is a give-a-way because on the Mach 1 it is smaller and non functional while on the Boss 429 the hood scoop was larger and functional. Also the front air dam is smaller on a Mach 1 than the Boss 429 and the Mach 1 had the rear spoiler where the Boss 429 did not have a rear spoiler. The Boss 429 only came with a 4 speed manual transmission but the Mach 1 you could get an automatic and in the first scene of the Wick Mustang the car was clearly an automatic in John Wick 2.
This kind of makes the John Wick 1/18 scale car less appealing and in the movie they should have just called it a Mach 1 with a 428 cobra jet engine, that would have been far more accurate.
Funny fact, the Boss 429 was not the highest performance Mustang because the 429 engine was built for NASCAR racing and due to that the street tune did not capitalize on the performance potential of that engine. The 428 cobra jet engine was actually a better performer but that name "Boss 429" was a powerful image even if it did not live up to its true potential. I think maybe Semon "Bunkie" Knudsen being fired after only 19 months may have held back the performance potential of the Boss 429. Lee Iacocca did not have the same desire as Knudsen did when it came to high performance cars. Knudsen had been with General Motors since 1939 and had been in charge of both Pontiac first then Chevrolet and we all know the performance cars that came out of both Pontiac and Chevrolet. Knudsen lost out in becoming president of General Motors to Ed Cole.
Semon "Bunkie" Knudsen went on to become president of White Trucks after being fired from Ford.
Lee Iacocca's biggest claims to fame at Ford were the Mustang and the Ford Maverick, Ford trying to keep the Mustang competitive had to go to Carrol Shelby to make the Mustang a respectable performance car because it was being soundly beat at the time by the new Camaro. The Mustang was not able to compete on its looks alone and that is how it got dubbed "A secretary's car". An inline six cylinder with a three speed manual just did not excite the performance crowd.
Name one performance car Lee Iacocca was responsible for while at Chrysler outside of the Dodge Viper which Iacocca consulted with Carrol Shelby on and all you will find are some four cylinder Dodge Omni's and some 4 cylinder Dodge Daytona's. While Chrysler was recovering from bankruptcy at the time the truth is Lee Iacocca was not much of a performance leader. The K car was just a bread and butter family car platform and the Dodge mini van was probably Lee Iacocca's biggest achievement of his career.
To say I am not a fan of Lee Iacocca is an understatement.
@john3976 I would agree with you from a performance perspective for sure but from a business perspective IMO he was a giant. It seems he read the market extremely well and very sadly muscle cars were somewhat passe.
Here is a video of three of the cars used in the John Wick movies, two of the Mach 1 mustangs being passed off as Boss 429's and a Chevelle SS clone with a small block in it. There three cars were actual movie cars from the John Wick 1 and 2 movies, as you can see both of the Mustangs are in fact Mach 1's with automatic transmissions in them. Interesting video.
Some comparison photos of the John Wick clone Boss 429 with Bunkie Knudsen's Boss 429 and the first Boss 429 to roll off the Car Kraft assembly line. Notice that the John Wick Clone has the battery in the trunk which is correct for a true Boss 429, ACME dropped the ball on this part with the two true Boss 429 examples as Kar Kraft moved the batteries to the trunk for room in the engine bay and better weight distribution. Look at the hood scoops and you see the difference in the Mach 1 John Wick car passed off as a Boss 429 verse the actual Boss 429 hood scoops that are bigger and functional.
In the movie you never see the engine in the John Wick Mustangs, but ACME using Highway 61 molds for all three of these cars did put a 429 engine in the engine bay of the John Wick car. The rear quarter windows pivot open on all three cars. The John Wick Mustang has a Highway 61 badge on the under carriage but the two Boss 429 mustangs do not have the Highway 61 badge on them but you can tell they are all from Highway 61.