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John Wick’s 1969 Mustang: Everything You Need to Know About the Iconic Ride

John Wick’s 1969 Mustang: Everything You Need to Know About the Iconic Ride

Next to Steve McQueen’s Bullitt Mustang, John Wick’s Mach 1 might be the most iconic pony car in all of cinema. However, the retired assassin’s ride is the impetus for the entire blood-soaked saga kicking off in the first place.

At the beginning of the first John Wick movie, following his wife’s funeral, John (Keanu Reeves) takes his new dog, Daisy, out to grab some food. He also makes a pit stop at a gas station to refuel his car. About to leave the gas station, three men pull up next to him. One of them admires John Wick’s gorgeous Mustang.

Of course, later that day, the three men from the station follow John Wick home, break in, kill his dog, and steal his Mustang. Despite Wick extracting revenge in the first film, he doesn’t get his pony car back. In the second movie, John sets off on a carnage-filled adventure to recover his cherished vehicle.

What is the Actual Model of John Wick’s Mustang?

While the antagonists dubbed John Wick’s vehicle a Boss 429, in reality, it is a Mustang Mach 1. As Street Muscle Magazine points out, the key indicator that Wicks’ car isn’t a Boss 429 is the presence of an automatic transmission. Every 1969 Ford Boss 429 Mustang came with a 4-speed manual transmission.

Fans can easily spot that it is an automatic transmission in the second movie. In the scene where John takes back his car from the man, he reaches for the distinct StarShifter Automatic gear lever and shifts the car into reverse. This highlights that it’s indeed not a manual transmission, thus ruling out the possibility of it being a Boss 429.

Moreover, the car includes the decorative hood scoop, a standard feature on the 1969 and 1970 Mach 1 models. This design distinctly differs from the prominent hood scoop found on the Boss 429.

Additionally, John Wick’s vehicle is equipped with a chin splitter and rear spoiler. These are features that were not offered with the Boss 429. Finally, the car’s interior resembles the Mach 1, with the addition of a steering wheel from the Shelby Mustang for extra style.

However, John Wick fans looking to see the screen used Mustang in person are out of luck. During the filming of the first movie, the production company utilized five Mustangs. Regrettably, all five of these classic cars were destroyed during the filming process. Reports indicate that Reeves was involved in most of the stunts with the car, including crashing one.