1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 KK1649
It is one thing to own an excellent example of a particular vehicle. This 1969 Boss 429 would be an impressive addition of any automobile collection. It is quite another to own a touchstone to automotive history. KK1649 was purchased new by Willard Kendig, inventor of the Kendig Variable Venturi Carburetor. His son, Martin, recalls when his father jolted him out of bed at 1:00 a.m. excitedly explaining the new design to him. "He was on his way from Los Angeles to Visalia and he goes, 'Marty, I came up with an idea on a carburetor,' and he said, 'this damn thing is so simple, it's hard.'"
Armed only with a metal blueprint, the Kendig carburetor was born. Simple and efficient, by the early 1970's his design contributed many of Dyno Don Nicholson's drag racing wins. It even dominated in speed the speed boat arena, winning the USA 1 competition. Pollution Control Industries procured the Kendig Variable Venturi design and it evolved into the popularly known Predator carbs.
A California car for virtually its entire life, this Boss 429 retains 100% of her original sheet metal and drivetrain. Showing 64, 896 miles on the odometer, Willard drove this car and loved it. Kendig drove the Boss 429 more than most, and understood it more than most as well, using it often to test new design ideas and performance tunes. Legendary for elegant design solutions to sophisticated problems, people couldn't wait to see Kendig's latest and greatest creations. What is more amazing, he was purely self-taught. As his son, Martin, puts it, "He just operated on a different plane of existence than the rest of us."
"He (Willard) tore down his first Model T at 12 years old," said Kendig's son Martin. "And put it back together again. My grandpa almost beat him to death. It was their only means of automotive transportation and Dad dismantled it."
From the very beginning of his long career, he would often race against other speed part pioneers such as SEMA Hall of Fame members Ed Iskenderian and Phil Weiand. This car remained in his possession until his passing in May of 2011. The current owner purchased the car, not long after and completed a Concours restored in 2015, which currently shows 117 miles since built.
Using all original or NOS parts where ever practicable, it is also one of the finest restorations you'll likely see. The entire drivetrain is original, every single body panel is original & solid. The original engine tag, buck tag, multiple build sheets and original factory order invoice are all intact. Even the dash punch out when the radio was installed was found on the floorboard.