Mustang Boss 302
Restored Numbers Matching Mustang Boss 302 4 Speed
Four years ago, we started noting that Boss 302 prices were inching up. At the time, we advised our clients and friends to look into the Boss as a smart investment. Today, cars like this beautiful 1970 Boss 302 are legitimate six-figure machines. After years of languishing at half that, the market has realized that pedigreed Boss 302s are not only great investments, but also great cars to drive. And that's where the future is headed, into cars that are not only unusual or rare, but also deliver big fun on the road. Until you've heard that high-winding 302 at 6000 RPM, you simply haven't lived. Facts to back those statements up? How about the restored yellow Boss 302 we sold last week (October, 2011) for $115,000.00? That came on top of the Grabber Blue car we sold for $125,000.00 in July, 2011 and the Medium Blue Metallic Boss 302 we sold for $120,000.00 in June, 2011.
Finished in code D Bright Yellow, this Boss is dressed to kill. Only 1454 Boss 302s were painted Bright Yellow, which is not many cars until you note that it was the most popular color that year, making ANY 1970 Boss 302 a rare piece. Top-quality Boss Mustangs, having graduated to the investment list, are also receiving scary expensive restorations like the one on this car. The paint and bodywork are beyond anything the factory could have managed, even if they only built one car a week! The sheet metal is straight enough to be used as a ruler, the gaps are even all around, and everything lines up with a precision that only hours of hand labor can deliver. Correct Shinoda-designed Boss 302 graphics were applied after the two-stage urethane finish had cured, and the satin black stripes have always been some of the best-looking designs of the era.
Other noteworthy Boss 302 details include the matching satin black chin and deck lid spoilers, the rear window slats, and, of course, the Shaker hood scoop that force-feeds the high-winding small block. Fresh chrome bumpers fore and aft offer a little bit of jewelry against the gorgeous paint, and the glass is excellent all around. We've had some exceptional Boss 302 Mustangs lately, and this one can hold its head high in the showroom against any and all comers.
The legendary Boss 302 engine needs no introduction. Advertised with 290 horsepower (coincidentally the same figures used by Chevy on the Z/28), engine builders and racers have long known that it cranked out substantially more than that, perhaps even knocking on the door of 400 legitimate horsepower. Whatever the actual number is, the matching-numbers power plant in this Bright Yellow Boss has been fully rebuilt to stock specs and moves the car with a vicious snarl from the exhaust. But perhaps more important than how well it runs is how accurately it has been detailed. The easy stuff is done, of course, like the Ford Blue paint on the engine, the canted Boss 302 valve covers, and hoses and clamps. But when you really look closely, even things like the nuts and bolts are correct FoMoCo pieces, even the smallest hoses are correctly stamped, and the original smog equipment remains in place. Part numbers are accurate, markings have been duplicated, and it has all been assembled the same way the factory did it. This is a Boss that can compete on the show field as well as on the track.
Underneath it's just as detailed. Obviously restored on a rotisserie, the floors are finished in matching Bright Yellow paint without any undercoating. The original close-ratio 4-speed transmission still handles the gear swaps, and out back a 3.50-geared Track-Lok 9-inch rear still puts the power to the pavement. The front suspension has been accurately refinished with dipped control arms and proper finishes on all the hardware. A reproduction dual exhaust system uses factory style mufflers for an authentic sound, and new brakes at all four corners deliver surprisingly effective stopping power given the vintage of the car and its ability to generate speed. Other new components include the shocks, the gas tank, and the reproduction F60-15 Goodyear Ployglas GT tires on gorgeous Magnum 500 wheels.
Boss 302s came with standard bucket seats, and the black Corinthian vinyl thrones in this one match the specifications on the original window sticker. Like the rest of the car, the interior has been fully restored for show, which means new everything. The seat covers are accurate reproductions that fit right and show well. New door panels and a fresh dash pad eliminate any worries about sun damage, and a new headliner overhead remains taut and wrinkle-free. The black carpets offer the correct weave and texture, and are protected by a set of proper rubber floor mats. Newly rebuilt gauges, including an 8000-RPM tachometer, give you a view under the hood, and the original AM radio lives in the dash. A Hurst T-handle shifter was part of the Boss package, and slices through the gears like the proverbial hot knife. There is no console, befitting the race-bred Boss's DNA. The trunk is similarly minimalist, with a proper textured rubber mat and a space-saver spare tire.
Documentation includes a Marti Report, copies of the original window sticker, and an original owner's manual.
So don't say we didn't see it coming, because we did. The Boss 302 is a legitimate A-list collectible muscle car, and thanks to this one's immaculate restoration and strong pedigree, your investment is safe. This car easily cost more than the asking price to restore to this level, so it's like paying for the restoration and getting the Boss for free. And there aren't many things more exciting than the sound of one of these hammering down the road, but to find out just how truly awesome that is, you'll have to experience it in person. Call today!