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John Wick’s 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

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By Dave Ashton

There’s a few golden rules in life. Don’t mess with another person’s ride and don’t mess with their dog, especially if they are owned by international assassin John Wick…….oops, sorry dude. John Wick is played by Keanu Reeves and his beloved car is said in the movie to be a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, but is it?

Like most movie vehicles, the cars used for filming are usually a hybrid of an original to make what looks visually the best on the screen. The cars used were a bunch of 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1, instead of the much more expensive and rare Boss 429. John Wick in one scene is asked if the car is a Boss 429, which he agrees with. He’s hardly going to say, ‘Nah, its a Mach 1 I got off Ebay…’

Some pointers on the car revealing its identity are the ’69/’70 Mach 1 non-functional hood scoop rather than the bigger one on the Boss 429. No blacked out hood. Chin splitter and rear spoilers on the movie car were not on the production Boss 429, though people did add them at the time. The interior is more like a ’69 Mach 1 and the steering wheel is a Shelby Mustang variant. Hood pins were also added. It’s unclear what engine is under the hood and if 429’s were used or not, but the engine sound in the film sounds big enough so we will gloss over that one.

Apparently five vehicles were used throughout the movie shoot and as all five had to visually match up. Using 5 Boss 429s which were potentially going to get smashed up would be a very expensive and wasteful affair. The takeaway here is that like any great movie with cool pony and muscle cars, it fictional and the cars can be aswell. I wish the Chevelle was used as the main car, but the Mustang is more well-known.

John Wick features some other tasty vehicles such as a black 1968 Dodge Charger and a Ford GT 40 Replica in the chop shop, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 and a 2011 Dodge Charger LD. There are tons of other vehicles in the movie, but they are makes and models thou shalt not mention the name of on this website……

Arguments about the Boss 429 authenticity aside, John Wick movies are high adrenaline, fantastic viewing and that’s the main takeaway here along with pony/muscle cars having been chosen as the main star vehicles.

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