- Jan 2, 2023
- Reaction score
- Beloit, Wi. 53511
- My Car
- 1971 Boss 429 ram air HO? 4 speed top loader, 9' with "Detroit" Locker rear end Anti-sway bars both ends, Blue paint w. silver stripes. Memory fuzzy?
I bought the first on leave from a dealer in, or near Skokie, ILL. It was one of two Boss-429s made that model year, as told to me by the dealer, I now suspect he was not truthful, but it had the big valve covers and huge headers, this being august or September of 1970. It was dark/bright blue with silver stripes and signage. It had a four speed and Detroit locker rear end, Poli-glass wide ovals and disk brakes all around and hood locks. Crank windows, manual locks and a pass-through to the trunk where my Malamute lived and drooled on the kids. I drove the car to some fort in New Jersey to ship out to Germany and waited six weeks for the car to show up. Thats when I learned how expensive the insurance and taxes were over there. We made do, drove the car all over Europe to see the sights. The speedo would bury the needle and we were forced to time the car with a stopwatch to see how fast it was. As large as it was, we could take 6-8 of my Platoonies to a concert anywhere in Germany. They bought the gas and tickets, and we supplied the transportation. I loved that car more than you can ever know. Got an offer that was much more than I paid for it and took the money and bought a much more affordable Pinto in the PX! Made do with that pinto for four years, then bought a used Boss 351 and some years later a '72 Mach-I with a "HO" 351 that was quicker, but not nearly as fast as the Boss 351. Best nine years of my life until 1982 when they launched the swoopy Trans-Am. Much lighter, more aero-dynamic and better handling too! And it would fit a B&S'd BBC under the hood!