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Iconic Cars: The 1970 Mustang Boss 429 ‘Lawman.’

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Muscle cars can get a reputation for their power, performance, wins or the people who drove them, but there are few that cover all these areas.
One of these is the Elton “Al” Eckstrand 1970 Mustang Boss 429 ‘Lawman.’


Elton “Al” Eckstrand (Elton was used for professional legal work) is best known for being the director of the Vietnam-era U.S. Performance Team driving program, with Ford in 1970. This program was to bring in safety exhibitions to outgoing Vietnam personnel as “the ultimate expression of American muscle.”

Two Lawman Boss 429s were created, with one unfortunately being crushed in transport.
Eckstrand toured Vietnam, Japan, Guam, Hawaii and the Mainland bases, where he showed driving skills with the car to over a quarter million returning servicemen over three years. This gave the chance to wounded and disabled servicemen to drive, feel and touch the car and appreciate it in all its detail. A small but worthy contribution to their service.

The surviving 1970 Mustang Boss 429 , was sold at Barrett Jackson auction in Arizona in 2003, with its 1200hp engine, said to run a quarter mile time in 8.4 seconds at 185mph.

Ironically, Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s group vice president, saw the car in Vietnam, which inspired him to eventually become the lead designer on the S197 Mustang.



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