1970 Ford Boss 302 – If Ford was embarrassed that its finest Mustang muscle cars were the handiwork of the same guys who developed the best Chevrolet Camaros, it certainly never said so. At any rate, revenge was sweet with the 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302. GM executive Semon “Bunkie” Knudsen, who used performance to revive Pontiac, defected to become president of Ford in early 1968. He brought along stylist Larry Shinoda, whose work included the Z28 that had unseated Mustang as ’68 and ’69 Trans Am champ. The Mach 1 was among their first efforts, but the most-special ’69 and ’70 Mustangs drew on Shinoda’s nickname for Knudsen, “boss.” Like the Z28, the Boss 302 was built as a Trans Am road-racing qualifier. Its heart was Ford’s 302-cid V-8 treated to the high-performance, big-port cylinder heads being readied for the famous Cleveland 351. The Boss’s solid-lifter small-block used the biggest carb employed by Ford, a 780-cfm Holley four-barrel, and was underrated at the same 290 bhp as the Z28’s 302. A Hurst-shifted four speed and 3.50:1 gears were standard; 3.91:1 and Detroit Locker 4.30:1 cogs were optional. Underneath were racing -inspired suspension modifications, Polyglas F60xl5s, and power front discs. Shinoda’s expertise in aerodynamics influenced the Boss’s exterior. Mustang’s phony fender vents were enclosed and a front spoiler was fitted; a rear air foil and backlight blinds were optional. Blackout trim and stripes finished the look. Ford built 1,628 Boss 302s for ’69, then came back with 7,013 for ’70, when quad headlamps were traded for double units flanked by fake air intakes, a “shaker” hood scoop was made available, and the engine got smaller intake valves and a 6000-rpm rev limiter. In Trans Am, racing Boss 302s retook the ’70 crown from Chevy. Street versions weren’t always as fast as a 302 Z28, but they had more cornering power and a less-peaky, more-flexible engine. “The Boss 302 is a hell of an enthusiast’s car,” said Car and Driver. “It’s what the Shelby GT 350s and 500s should have been but weren’t.”
One of the most exciting times in the search for classic vehicles is finding a vehicle that is both a quality build and fun to drive. If you add the collectibility that comes from being one of a limited production and you have a real automotive treasure. This Boss 302 checks those boxes and would make an excellent addition to any collections. Almost 50 years ago, this Boss 302 ruled the streets at the apex of the American muscle car era and still demands plenty of attention today. As optioned, this classic Ford is 1-of-1 and that in itself can guarantee the safety of its investment for years to come. Careful detail to attention was maintained in every aspect of this vehicle’s restoration and the caretakers have maintained and stored her correctly since the build’s completion. Everything works like it should and this Boss 302 is perfect for either shows or weekend cruises. Features and options include; Bright Yellow w/ Black Vinyl Buckets, Numbers matching 302, 4 Speed, Power Disc Brakes, Tachometer, Chrome Bumpers, Shaker Hood, Dual Exhaust, Rear Window Louvers, Rear Spoiler, Factory Philco AM Radio, Dual Sport Mirrors, Fold Down Rear Seat, Cloth Floormats, Center Console Storage, Tinted Glass, 15″ Factory Wheels, and Thick Goodyear Polyglas GT Tires! The experts at NADA, Hagerty, and CPI Black book all currently value this Boss 302 between $128k-$150k. At approximately half that valuation, we feel this is an opportunity you definitely don’t want to pass on at only $74,900.