Pick of the Day: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 ‘concours quality’ restored

An extensive refurbishment has brought this performance pony back to new condition

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The Mustang Boss 302 glows in Grabber Blue with its signature 'hockey stick' graphics

When special-edition muscle cars appeared on the scene in the past, they often were homologation models to meet production requirements for racing series. In the case of the 1969-70 Ford Mustang Boss 302, the high-performance 302 cid V8 was designed for competition in SCCA’s popular Trans-Am Series, in which engine displacement was limited to 305 cubic inches. 

The Pick of the Day is a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 that has been nut-and-bolt restored to immaculate factory spec, according to the Apex, North Carolina, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com.

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While the Boss 429 gets all the attention these days because of its big-block NASCAR engine, the Boss 302 is certainly no shrinking violet.  The fastback was a powerful performer with a uniquely designed small-block 302 Hi-Po engine that was much different from the standard Ford 302.

The Boss 302 V8 features a forged crank and four-bolt main bearings, forged connecting rods, larger valves in freer-flowing heads, a high-rise intake manifold topped by a Holley 4-barrel carburetor, and specially designed dual exhaust, among its refinements. 

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The result was an official rating of 290 horsepower, although the experts estimate its true output considerably higher.  A close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission came standard.

The suspension also was modified and improved, with a lowered stance, bigger sway bars, staggered shocks with strengthened towers and front disc brakes.  All told, a fast, good-handling car that was a road-course dynamo.

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This Boss benefits front a “full-concours-quality” restoration on an original 50,000-mile car, the seller says in the ad.  (The ad also refers to the restoration as “frame-off,” which is highly unlikely since the Mustang is unibody.)

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“The exterior is finished in the original code J Grabber Blue with a base coat/clear coat paint job,” the seller notes. “This paint shows beautifully and really adds depth to the beautiful body lines. The body is very straight and lots of time was taken to make this paint job as great as it is.

“The chrome rally wheels show beautifully with PolyGlas GT tires. All the chrome shines and shows very well.

“This car looks good from every angle. Even the underside looks as good as the top.”

Lots of time also was spent making the interior excellent and authentic,  the seller adds, so that it “looks as if it just came out of the showroom.”

“This car drives like it looks,” the dealer adds. “Featuring the 302 4v Boss engine mated to a 4-speed close ratio transmission makes for one fun drive! Plenty of power is produced by this 302 and the 4-speed feels amazing. The gears are easy to find and smooth to shift. A 3.50 ratio rear end helps move this mean machine.”

Documentation and manuals include “a Deluxe Marti Report, photo album of restoration, owner’s manual, shop manual and a shop-tips booklet.”

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The asking price for this apparently showroom-condition Boss 302 is $89,500.

 To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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  1. I’d rather go to a Meacum auction and hopefully bid on a car similar to the same condition as this one with “ no reserve” as you may end up paying a lot less than $89,500 even with buyers commission paid.

  2. Back then (still am) I was a mopar guy (age 22) BUT loved all the muscle cars. I drooled over this exact color Boss 429 on a Ford showroom. But Cecil Yother (NHRA Hall of Fame pro stock driver) talked me into Chrysler’s 426 Hemi. I traded in my all time favorite car, 1969 Road Runner for a Challenger with the hemi. A friend of mine bought a Mercury Cougar Eliminator with the Boss 302. If I could afford this very Boss, I’d buy it without haggle. Thanks for taking me back to wonderful times.

  3. …. this looks like a good deal! – never many of these around back in the day; plus they didn’t hold up well – rust, thrashed drivelines etc… just sourcing the smog equipment would be a challenge; this is a beautiful and apparently correct restoration of a desireable Mustang by anyone’s standards (although I would want to closely examine the underside etc). 🙂
    p.s. – where are all the 1st gen Cougars!? – I would Love to have seen that Boss 302 Eliminators; never knew they were available. :b

  4. Beautiful car,I restored an identical car back in early 90s. Mine was a best in show winner, too nice to drive and had enough car shows so I sold it and have regretted every since. I am considering this replacement if someone can get in touch.

  5. According to the dealer this car is in “‘concours quality’ condition. Not to be picky here but, I saw two fitment issues just on the few pics shown in this article. Still a very cool car though. I remember drooling over these in the showroom back when I was a teen.

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