[Video] Jay Leno plays with newly restored Ford Mustang Boss 429 from 1969 image

Since he’s a wealthy car collector and well known TV star, Jay Leno gets some perks with the territory, including getting first dibs on driving duties for freshly restored Mustang Bosses.

The Ford Mustang – especially in its more powerful Boss and Cobra iterations – is eponymous to the words American muscle, so it’s no surprise Jay Leno jumped at the chance of driving a painstakingly restored 1969 Mustang Boss 429. The former Tonight Show host takes us in his latest installment of Jay Leno’s Garage YouTube series along for a ride in the classic ‘Stang that has been lovingly restored by Marcus Anghel of Anghel Restorations. This Mustang Boss 429 was originally acquired for $4934.76, and manufactured under contract by Car Craft. It came with a bespoke front end a front spoiler, and a sporty hood scoop. It also features tweaked fenders and the mandatory Boss 429 badging.

More important modifications have been operated under the bonnet where muscle is delivered via a 7.0-liter (429 cubic inch) semi-hemi / shotgun V8 engine that had a rating of around 375 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. The figure won’t be very impressive by today’s standards but the general consensus is the numbers were actually underestimated. Since the engine was actually envisioned for NASCAR racing it had to be modified to fit inside the Mustang bay – with battery located in the trunk and some other parts redesigned. Watch the footage below to see why Leno thinks this is a “very impressive car” that was much better than he initially estimated.