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The Baba Yaga drives a Ford, among other things. That’s right; “John Wick,” the franchise featuring Keanu Reeves as a reluctant trigger puller caught up in the world of clandestine killings, includes a sinister 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429. Of course, in keeping with the character’s secrets, that movie car was multiple 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1s instead of one Boss 429. 

What is the Mustang in John Wick?

Although John Wick fans and movie maniacs will say the character’s car is a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, the truth is slightly different. Specifically, the car that gave partial impetus to Keanu Reeves’ noir hitman in the first film is actually a series of 1969 Mustang Mach1s.  

According to Muscle Car UK, the special Mustangs that Reeves drives in the John Wick franchise are “Hitman Mustangs.” The modified Mustangs are available with an automatic transmission, an option the 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 didn’t offer. Moreover, exposed hood pins and a smaller Mach 1-inspired hood scoop weren’t available on a true Boss 429. 

Did John Wick’s wife give him the car?

A gray and black 1969 Ford Mustang "Hitman" shows off its Boss 429 and Mach 1-inspired rear-end was featured in the Keanu Reeves John Wick franchise.
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John Wick’s wife gave him the puppy from the first film, but it’s unclear whether she gave him the 1969 Ford Mustang. One thing is sure, though: the car was one of the reasons the assassin came out of retirement in the first film. We wouldn’t have the same weapon-toting Wick without his beloved Mustang. 

How much HP does John Wick’s Boss 429 really have?

If Wick’s on-screen ‘Stang was a mechanically-stock 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, it’s rated at 375 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. However, enthusiasts believe the factory rating was conservative, and the actual horsepower figure was closer to 400 or more. 

Of course, ponies escape over the years, and classic car factory horsepower ratings get lower over time. Still, it stands to reason that a high-speed hitman like Keanu Reeve’s character would drive a modified version of the classic. For instance, some Hitman Mustangs pack a modern 5.0 Coyote engine, which can make nearly 500 horsepower without forced induction

How much is a Ford Mustang Boss 429 worth?

A numbers-matching 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 is among the most valuable classic Mustangs. For instance, reports that the average sale price for a Boss 429 is around $312,471. 

On the other hand, a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is a much more affordable classic. The average sale price for a 1969 Mach 1 in the last five years is $74,324. Of course, considering a 1969 Ford Mustang Hardtop in good shape is closer to $26,000, the Mach 1 isn’t exactly cheap.  

Besides the legendary Ford Mustang, what other muscle cars does John Wick drive?

For the latest film, “John Wick 4,” Keanu Reeves reprises his role behind the wheel of yet another jaw-dropping American classic: a 1971 Plymouth Barracuda. Moreover, Wick also piloted a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS in the franchise. The dapper assassin has a soft spot for muscle cars.

Moreover, in keeping with the intensive standards of the fight and gunplay choreography of the franchise, Reeves participated in stunt driver training with former Top Gear USA host Tanner Foust.

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