The famous Ford mustang it doesn't need Hollywood to bolster its fame in American muscle car history. But when John Wick, played by real-life gearhead Keanu Reeves, had his pride and joy, a stolen 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 in the first John Wick movie, it cemented the Boss 429's place in popular culture. With a repeat appearance in John Wick: Chapter 2, there's no denying this is one classic car that is not just for gearheads.
That's why this modern restomod of the legendary 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 by digital artist Rostislav Prokop is the perfect candidate for an appearance in the upcoming sequel to John Wick: Chapter 4, due for release in 2023. While the car used in the films was actually a Mustang Mach 1 modified to look like a 1969 Mustang Boss 429, the model of 1970 seems totally inferior. And this is a modern restomod of a classic car that certainly doesn't hold its punches in the style department. If Ford decides to bring back the Boss nameplate, this is definitely the car they should put it in.
Just one look at this recreation of the 1970 Mustang Boss 429 and you'll know exactly which car a restomod is. The 1970 Boss 429 brought a different style to the 1969 car, highlighting the exclusion of the double headlights, resulting in a more squared look. In place of the outer headlamps were stacked dual air intakes. It makes the '70 Boss 429 look unlike any other Mustang that came before or since.
Digital artist Rostislav Prokop faithfully recreates this, even giving the front end more character with a front fairing that extends to the fenders. The modern LED headlights tucked into the center grille, with dipped daytime running lights, are definitely a feature we want to see on modern Mustangs - bring back the circle lights, Ford!
The hood, with its pointed fold along the center, is pure Boss 429. As is the functional air intake. The air vent on the original Boss 429 made it the first Mustang to have functional hood vents. Fun fact: the reason the Boss 429 models looked different from other Mustangs was because Ford had to cut the support towers to make the massive 429 cu. engine tuning developed by NASCAR.
In this restomod, a deeply curved front bumper brings some modernity to the design. The extreme front splitter takes off on the '69 model's subtle chin spoiler. While the original bumper line remained straight undisturbed (except for the '69 which had an opening behind the tailgate), this restomod shakes things up to accentuate the installation of modern wheels and tires. There's still that classic twist on the rear wheels.
Speaking of the rear, it doesn't get any cooler than the Boss 429's version of the Mustang's triple slat taillights. The sawn-off look at the rear is again the classic Boss 429, as are the louvers on the rear windshield cover. A set of four exhaust pipe outlets indicates the power this modern restomod is packing.
The 1969 and 1970 Boss 429s were Ford's answer to the Chrysler threat in NASCAR. Ford simply didn't have an engine at the time to compete with Chrysler's firepower. The solution was a new 429 cubic inch engine with combustion chambers and “semi-hemispherical” heads. This engine would never have made it into a road car. Except, NASCAR regulations required the engine to be sold commercially, in at least 500 units.
That's how the Boss 429 was born. Ford claimed the engine produced 375 hp, but these registered on the dynamometer at almost 500 hp! The Stock Boss 429s were capable of 14-second runs in the quarter mile! These cars worked too, with race suspension, Traction-Lock differential and 15-inch Magnum 500 wheels. In all, 857 of the 1969 Boss 429s were sold and only 499 of the 1970 Boss 429s were made. This makes the '70 Boss 429 even more rare and desirable.
While other retro Mustangs made a comeback, the Boss 429 did not. So far, that is. This Boss 429 recreation will include a Roush Yates NASCAR V8 True to Tradition🇧🇷 This box engine is purpose built by Roush Yates Performance and is the official engine supplier to Ford's NASCAR effort. It is based on the Windsor 358 engine and is also known as the Ford FR9 NASCAR engine. They are even identified as 452 engines. These engines are capable of over 800 hp and can easily be pushed to over 1,000 hp.
That would make this '70 Boss 429 restomod king of the hill instantly. Now, the only questions that remain are: why isn't Ford already making one of these? And why isn't John Wick directing one?
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