You can now buy a brand-new old Boss Mustang or Mach 1
Classic Recreations has been recreating Shelby Mustangs for years. The coachbuilder is known for its modernized versions of first-gen Shelby GT350s, as well as 1967 and ’68 Shelby GT500s. Most wear Eleanor bodywork, and the GT500CR 900S packs 790 horsepower from 427 cubic inches and a Procharger F1-R supercharger. Each build is fully documented, licensed by Ford, and included in the Shelby Worldwide Registry.
Now the company, based in Yukon, Oklahoma, is getting in the Boss business. Classic Recreations recently announced that it will begin building brand new turn-key versions of the Boss 429, Boss 302, and Mach 1 Mustangs from 1969 and ’70. Again, the builds are officially licensed by the Ford Motor Company, and the first in the run, a brand-new 1969 Boss 429, will debut at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas in November.
Classic Recreations is the only company licensed by Ford to recreate these classic Mustangs, and company owner Jason Engel says these cars will incorporate modern chassis and engine technology, which will make them perform better than the originals. In other words, these are resto-mods and not replicas of the originals. Each build starts with an original 1969 or 1970 Mustang body, although buyers can also opt for a brand new body which is licensed by Ford. These are ground-up builds, and the Classic Recreations website says the cars will incorporate Ford Performance crate engines with updated valvetrains and cutting edge EFI and engine management systems.
Pricing starts at $169,000 for a new Boss 302 or Mach 1. Both are powered by a 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 with 435 hp, but a 507-hp version is available for an additional $2000. The Mach 1 model can also be equipped with a variety of other engines, including modern Ecoboost motor or an original old-school big-block like a 428 Cobra Jet.
These cars also get a Tremec manual transmission, although buyers can ask for a four-speed automatic (Ford’s 4R70W) as a no cost option. Coilover suspensions, rack-and-pinion steering, slotted-and-cross-drilled Wilwood disc brakes, 17-inch American Racing wheels, Z-Rated tires, and a “cosmetic” roll bar are also part of the package. But Classic Recreations says custom options are available on request, which means it will build the car any way your heart and wallet desires. For an additional $12,500, you can even have right-hand drive.
Boss 429 builds start at $209,000. Each is powered by a 514-cu-in monster with Boss 429 cylinder heads—with hemispherical combustion chambers just like the originals. The engine also gets FAST EZ EFI 2.0 fuel injection. That beasty big-block is backed by a Tremec manual and a nine-inch Ford rear end with 3.50 gears. The Boss 429 also gets all the same chassis upgrades as the Boss 302, but the front Wilwood disc brakes are upgraded from four-piston calipers to six-piston units. Ford never sold any Boss 429s with automatic transmission back in the day, but here it’s a no-cost option.
There’s also an available Pro Touring Track Upgrade Package. For $25,000 it adds a Detroit Speed suspension, subframe connectors, and mini tubs, as well as JRI shocks, a roll cage, 18-inch Forgeline wheels, and massive BFGoodrich Rival rubber.
Inside, Classic Recreations adds high-back Scat Elite seats, five-point belts, air conditioning, and a JVC CD player. Buyers can also add a navigation system and other audio upgrades. Although the Boss 302 and Mach 1 builds use the original-style gas tank, the Boss 429 builds get an 18-gallon fuel cell.
Each model’s appearance is faithfully old school with factory-correct scoops and spoiler, and each wears graphics that respectfully mimic the original. Also, many of the original colors from the era are available, including Calypso Coral, Acapulco Blue, and, of course, Grabber Blue, Grabber Orange, and Grabber Green. The Mach 1 is also offered in the “Wick” paint scheme, which apes the look of the 1969 Mustang that starred in the movie John Wick with Keanu Reeves (Hitman Grey and Beagle Black with custom stripes). The Boss 429 is also offered in its original colors, including Raven Black and Royal Maroon. But, of course, Classic Recreations will paint your brand new classic any custom color you want.
Classic Recreations has set up a configurator on its website so that you can spec out your new classic high-performance Mustang and get a quote on the cost of the build. We can’t wait to see the first one at SEMA. Hopefully we can talk Engel into letting us get behind the wheel.