Brand-new Boss and Mach I Mustangs on the horizon

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Boss 429 will be the first of the re-issued Ford Mustang muscle cars | Classic Recreations illustration

National Mustang Day occurred earlier this week, but with an announcement Wednesday by Classic Recreations, perhaps this should be considered National Mustang Week. The announcement: That Ford Motor Company has licensed the Oklahoma-based coachbuilder to turn out turn-key Boss 302, Boss 429 and Mach I Mustangs.

The first such vehicle, a Boss 429 Mustang, will be unveiled at the SEMA Show in November in Las Vegas.

“We chose to offer these new models because we wanted to expand our Ford offerings beyond just Shelbys,” Classic Recreations owner Jason Engel was quoted in the company’s news release. “The Boss 429 is one of the coolest and rarest Mustangs ever produced, but they have gotten so valuable that most owners won’t drive them. This offers people the chance to own an incredibly rare car that they can actually drive, and with modern chassis and engine tech these cars will actually be faster and easier to drive than the original.”

Artist’s conception of the Boss 302

Customers can choose to have their cars built around a vintage Ford Mustang chassis or with all-new Ford-licensed bodywork. All three versions will be based on 1969-70 Ford designs.

“Each vehicle will be built to customer specifications using the latest chassis and drivetrain technology paired with new Ford-licensed reproduction parts – giving owners the opportunity to own and drive the most iconic muscle cars ever built, updated to run and drive like modern supercars,” Classic Recreations said in its announcement. 

The Boss 429 being built for SEMA will be powered by a custom-built Boss 429 engine with an updated valvetrain, electronic fuel injection and computerized engine management technology.

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Buyers of the 302 can select from a current-generation Coyote 32-valve Ford Performance V8 crate engine or a 363cid “stroker” engine utilizing a 302 block.

The Mach 1 can be equipped with any engine offered by Classic Recreations, including EcoBoost powerplants from Ford or an original FE big block. 

Classic Recreations is based in Yukon, Oklahoma and was founded by Engel, who helped in his father’s used-car dealership and repair shop as a youngster. Engel later secured a license to build tribute versions of the Eleanor Mustang of Hollywood movie fame and then focused on Shelby-licensed Mustangs.

The Mach I

“We chose to offer these new models because we wanted to expand our Ford offerings beyond just Shelbys,” he said. 

“The Boss 429 is one of the coolest and rarest Mustangs ever produced, but they have gotten so valuable that most owners won’t drive them. This offers people the chance to own an incredibly rare car that they can actually drive, and with modern chassis and engine tech these cars will actually be faster and easier to drive than the original.”

In addition to a series of Shelby-licensed Mustangs, Classic Recreations is a Ford Racing distributor; produces the CR1, a 1969 Camaro; and has done restorations on more than 200 collector vehicles.

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For additional information, visit the Classic Recreations website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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    • I know the Shelby Mustangs Jason does are over $100K. I visited his shop here in Oklahoma with a friend who was having a car built. Yes, the price tag is steep but he does amazing work. Glad to see he’s expanded his offerings. Time to start saving 🙂

  1. I think this is awesome. I will be waiting for the day I can place my order for the Mach 1,I’m a Ford guy all day

  2. this is amazing as the 1969 mach and boss 429 represent the best body ever created for a mustang. i would love to have one of these new ones next to my 65 Shelby gt350 clone and my 92 gt vertable 33k mile unmolested baby next to it

  3. I own a 1969 Mach1 and would love to look at these new models with option of buying one, but i would still keep my original.

  4. Not that this can be controlled but hopefully this would not diminish the value of the genuine Boss Mustangs at all. I’d hate to hear grown men crying that they might lose $25k on their Boss ‘9!
    I’ll take either a 69 Boss 302 with the 363 stroker in Competition Yellow, or 69 Mach 1 with the 5.0 Coyote in the dark green that Ford had available then.

  5. I have a 69 Mach 1 and just wondering what effect these clones will have on the appeal and the value of an original. Yes, they will be beautiful but they will never be the real thing!

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