Text by Joe Babiasz, Photos by Huw Evans

During its heyday, just when you thought the bar couldn't be set higher for factory performance vehicles, Ford did the impossible; or almost impossible. NASCAR racing was, as it is today, hugely popular in the United States. While Ford was doing well on the circuit, its 427-wedge engine used in NASCAR was getting long in the tooth. Since its inception in 1963, the mighty wedge continued to be updated in an effort to compete with GM and Chrysler but little more could be done to increase its horsepower. Chrysler had its Hemi and Chevrolet had its porcupine big block leaving Ford struggling to keep up in the races. Unknown to many Ford had a secret skunk works team putting together an engine like no other engine; the Boss 429.

Introduced in March 1969, the Boss 429 was dropped into a Ford Torino and a Mercury Cyclone and readied for NASCAR racing. The new engine propelled the two cars to a record 10 victories out of 11 appearances. The Boss 429 also dominated short tracks, winning seven out of nine races. Ford had a winner on their hands. The question now was

Published Oct 25th, 2017

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