One of the local specialty car dealers has a Candy Apple Red 69 Boss 429 up for sale. Asking price is $49,995 (oh heck, call it $50K). I went back yesterday for a second look because I was too dazzled on the first pass. I'm a serious buyer only needing about $47K more to take this one home, so I wasn't wasting their time. Boy, was I disappointed. The engine compartment was a real mess. All the components were covered with a patina of crud and general dirt. The valve covers were real clean, though. The paint was badly spiderwebbed where the roof meets the rear quarter on both sides. The owner had drilled a hole through the left front fender to accommodate a key lock. The driver's side door panel was chewed up. The deck lid looked like someone had plinked it about three times with something heavy. The valance panel was a GT instead of the correct standard piece. The exhausts had 70 Mach I square tips instead of the proper turndowns. And finally, to complete the 70 Mach I rear effect, the taillight panel had been painted matte black. The guy showing me the car says "What do ya think? This car worth $43K?" I say that CPI shows a good one is worth $38,600 and an excellent is worth $64,600. His buddy says "One sold at Barrett-Jackson recently for $85,000." I replied that an old car is worth what somebody will pay for it and this one isn't anything that would make the floor at Barrett-Jackson or even a solid "good" on the CPI rating system. I can't imagine anyone having a significant car like that and not keeping it in pristine condition. I am amazed, though, at the number of these 69 Boss 429's that are turning up at car shows locally here in the SF Bay Area. IIRC there were about 840 69's built for homolgation (?sp) purposes by Ford to qualify the cars for racing. Most of the survivors must live here. I've been at local shows where more than one is present.
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