For Sale: 1969 Shelby Trans Am Mustang Boss 302
First of 3 Kar Kraft Chassis
Prototype for 1969 Trans Am Mustangs
Ford Media Car
Shelby Team Car
Driven by Horst Kweck, Dan Gurney, and Peter Revson
Going into the 1969 season Mark Donohue’s #6 Sunoco Blue Camaro would be the car to beat. Ford’s answer to the Z/28 was the new ’69 Boss 302, and Ford financed two teams for 1969–Carroll Shelby’s with drivers Peter Revson, Horst Kwech, Sam Posey, and Dan Gurney and Bud Moore’s with drivers Parnelli Jones and George Follmer.
Kar Kraft built three cars for the 1969 season; this car chassis 9F02R-112073 was the prototype, test car and Ford media car. When Ford and Kar Kraft were done with the car it was given to the Shelby team. It did not appear until the fourth event of the season at Bridgehampton. It was raced in the remaining seven races of the championship with Horst Kweck as the primary driver and carried race # 2. Dan Gurney drove it at Kent and practiced with it at Sears Point. Peter Revson drove it at Laguna Seca finishing 4th overall for the car’s best result of the 1969 season.
It was the war between Ford and Chevy that made the ’69 Trans Am year legendary. The Shelby and Bud Moore-prepared Mustangs were fast and stout–the Boss 302 engine thrived at high speeds. The Mustangs stayed close to the Camaros in the manufacturers’ championship, even though they only won half as many races. They ended the year second, 64 points to 78.
1969 was Shelby’s last year as a Trans Am entrant. At the end of the year the car was sent to Bud Moore’s shop where it was used in the wind tunnel to test new front air dams and rear spoilers. It was updated to 1970 sheet metal, kept as a backup car, but not raced. It was then sold to John Gimbel of Dark Horse Racing who competed in the 1971 and 1972 Trans Am series. The car was returned to Bud Moore at the end of 1972 and then sold to Daher Racing from Guadalajara Mexico. Once again the car was returned to Moore who then sold it to Danny Moore (no relation). Danny won the SCCA National Championship with the car. Doc Rechnagel purchased the car in the mid 1980’s racing it in Oklahoma and Texas. Phil Gallant purchased the car and restored it back to its 1969 configuration in 2003.
During the restoration a huge amount of research was done on the car and many historic documents collected. Among those are the original Shelby files on each of the car’s races. Letters from Lew Spencer at Shelby attesting to the originality of the car. Contracts between Shelby, Revson, and Gurney for their services for the 1969 season. Engineering drawings from Kar Kraft and period photographs of the car in action. And much more.
The restoration was done to a very high concours standard with as many of the original parts retained as possible. Tony Oddo of T.O.E Performance Products built the engine, which produces 527hp with 420 ft lbs of torque. This car has been restored to period correct perfection. It is fully sorted and race ready. Of all the cars racing in the historic Trans Am group, this is with out a doubt one of the best. The attention to detail, and quality of the restoration is second to none.
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