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Lot Number
153

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302
2017 The Texas Classic Auction

ESTIMATE: $90,000 - $120,000
CHASSIS NO: 0F02G110018
• Incredibly rare Boss with factory-installed air-conditioning
• Original numbers matching engine
• Original Ford Motor Company executive vehicle
• Factory-equipped with extensive options
• Exceptional documents include original two-page invoice

302 cid V-8 engine, Holley four-barrel carburetor, 290 BHP, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs, and anti-roll bar, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and staggered shock absorbers, front disc, rear drum hydraulic brakes; wheelbase: 108”


Designed and built to return Ford to dominance in the SCCA’s wildly popular Trans Am series, the Boss 302 remains one of the best products of the 1960s “Total Performance” era. Former GM designer Larry Shinoda gave the car its “Boss” moniker – meaning “the best” – in tribute to “Bunkie” Knudsen, known to associates as “the Boss.” Track-bound Boss 302s were built at Ford subcontractor Kar Kraft in Brighton, Michigan and captured the Trans Am title for Ford in 1970. Just 8,641 Boss 302 Mustangs were built in total, including 1,628 for 1969 and 7,013 for 1970, with all survivors enjoying high demand. Factory-equipped with air-conditioning, which was not normally available on the Boss 302, this highly optioned Wimbledon White example from 1970 was used when new by a Ford Motor Company executive, with ample documentation and the historical record offered by the vehicle itself conclusively affirming its rare factory options.

According to the original factory invoice and a letter from the Ford Customer Service Division, this 1970 Mustang Boss 302 was built at Ford’s Dearborn Assembly Plant on September 22, 1969, making it an early-production car for the 1970 model year. Factory-installed features and options were numerous – so much so, that the vehicle’s original Ford Dealer Invoice required two pages to print. In addition to the comprehensive Boss 302 performance and appearance package, this example was equipped with 21 additional options including Wimbledon White paint, black painted hood, “Shaker” hood scoop, Traction-Lok limited-slip rear axle, heavy-duty battery, wide-ratio four-speed transmission, Sport Slat rear-window louvers, complete tinted glass, front bumper guards, and F60 Wide Oval belted tires on 15X7-inch chrome Magnum 500 wheels. The interior was exceptionally well-equipped to match the rest of the car, including such very rare and unusual options as a rectangular electric clock, floor console, Convenience Check Group with the standard black vinyl interior, Hi-Back bucket seats, tachometer, tilt steering column, three-spoke “Rim Blow” Deluxe steering wheel, intermittent wipers, and a rare and costly ($214 suggested retail price) AM-FM Multiplex stereo unit.

Following assembly, the Boss was shipped to the Ford Central Office Building Garage in Dearborn, where it served as a Ford executive car during its early years. The Boss’ subsequent history remains unknown until the late 1980s, when it was spotted in a backyard by Michael Caputo, a Mustang collector and Long Island Mustang/Shelby Club and Mustang Club of America (MCA) member. During the early 1990s, Mr. Caputo was finally able to purchase the rare Boss, which exhibited the tell-tale signs of its rarity as an original air-conditioned Boss 302. Among those clues were the plumbing holes in the firewall for factory air, the air-conditioner parts inside the trunk, and the intact plumbing and ductwork inside the car. Randy Delisio was put in charge of the restoration and, as he disassembled the vehicle, he found several interesting features setting this Boss apart from most others in existence. Among those differences were the car’s color codes on the front springs – indicating higher-rate versions, the codes for the clutch-type cooling fan found on the build sheet, and the fine characteristics of the electrical ground screw hole underneath the hood, consistent with factory air.

The Boss was painstakingly restored, including its factory livery, to MCA Concours Trailered standards, and the original engine was rebuilt by PCHS in Long Island, New York. Following completion, the Boss earned Best of Show honors at a local Mustang show, besting a field of 120 competitors. The Boss was also a crowd magnet at the SAAC-20 show held in Atlanta in 1995. Since then, the Boss was collector-owned and maintained, presenting nicely today. Documentation is excellent, including a preserved and mostly intact build sheet, the original two-page Dealer Invoice from Ford, the 1994-dated letter from Randy Delisio to Mike Caputo detailing the car’s unique features confirming its factory-installed air-conditioning system, a 2005-dated VIN decoding letter from Ford Motor Company, and a copy of the March 1996 Mustang Times article on the car, which was also the featured cover subject. Carrying fascinating history, highly equipped, professionally restored, and incredibly rare, this 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 is a thrilling find at auction as one of the best race-bred performers of the original muscle car era.

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302
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