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Lot Number
45
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302
Scottsdale Auction

ESTIMATE: $110,000 - $130,000
CHASSIS NO: 0F02G184327
• Very rare factory 4.30 'Drag Pack' option
• Highly desirable Grabber Orange with White Décor interior
• Original numbers-matching engine and drivetrain
• Concours restoration to OE specifications

302 cid V-8 engine, Holley four-barrel carburetor, 290 HP, close-ratio 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 and rear drum hydraulic brakes; wheelbase: 108”


Ford Motor Company had long realized that success at the race track was integral to success in the showroom. "Win on Sunday, sell on Monday" became a winning marketing strategy as much as a slogan. During the 1960s, most of the focus in motorsports was on NASCAR and NHRA drag racing where acceleration and high sustained speeds were the name of the game. However, that would soon change with the introduction of the 'Trans-Am Series' by the Sports Car Club of America.

The Ford Mustang Boss 302 was a high performance, limited production model offered for only two years to homologate the car for this new series. The Trans-Am series proved to be wildly popular and featured Challengers, ‘Cudas, Camaros, Cougars, and Mustangs as well as some of the most famous names in all of motorsports like Roger Penske, Mark Donohue, Dan Gurney, George Follmer, and Parnelli Jones. The culmination of Ford's efforts was realized when the Bud Moore prepared Ford Mustang Boss 302 driven by Parnelli Jones won the Trans-Am Championship in 1970. The success of the Boss 302 on the track drove traffic to the showroom and sales took off.

The Boss 302 was designed by the legendary Larry Shinoda and was the brainchild of Ford CEO Semon "Bunkie" Knudsen. The Boss 302 moniker was Shinoda's homage to Knudsen, the "boss", but it also referred to one of the best small-block engines of the muscle car era. Unlike its big brother, the Boss 429, the Boss 302 was designed around homologation requirements that limited engine displacement to 305 cubic-inches, but not at the expense of power. The unique 302 cid Ford small-block engine featured a thin-wall, high nickel content block casting with 4-bolt mains, screw in freeze plugs, and heads using a canted valve design that was being developed for the planned 351 cid Cleveland engine. The entire vehicle package was geared toward road racing where handling was at a premium, and it included a competition suspension, lower ride height, front disc brakes, larger sway bars, heavier duty spindles, and reinforced shock towers. With the high revving, solid-lifter Boss 302 V-8 engine and its free-breathing Cleveland style heads mated to a close-ratio four-speed, Ford knew it had a winner. The Boss 302 was as successful on the showroom floor as it was on the racetrack, and just over 7,000 were produced in 1970. Unlike the Boss 429, whose only option was a choice of color, the Boss 302 was available with an array of options.

The example offered here from a private collection is most unique due to its configuration of highly sought-after factory options. It was ordered with the uncommon White Décor interior as well as sport slats, rear deck spoiler, sport deck rear seats, and seldom seen sports wheel covers. A mere 28 Boss 302s were produced in Grabber Orange with a White Décor interior notwithstanding its long list of highly desirable options. More impressive, it was ordered with the optional shaker hood, close-ratio four-speed transmission, and the 4.30 'Drag Pack' with a Detroit Locker rear differential and external oil cooler. Only 254 Boss 302s - or less than 4% - were ordered with the W-code rear end making this example most likely the only one made in this configuration.

This example was built on May 5, 1970 and sold new to its first owner about a month later at Canyon Ford, Inc. in Phoenix, Arizona. The original owner drove the car for about a year before he spun a bearing at about 22,000 miles. The car was put into storage and the engine was removed, and it remained there for over 34 years where it was well-preserved in the dry, arid climate. It was purchased by the current owner some twelve years later from the brother of the since deceased original owner. The Boss 302 was in completely original condition and still retained its original engine which had been placed in the first owner's kitchen.

The owner then commissioned a no-expense-spared rotisserie restoration to concours standards by the noted Boss specialist Rick Parker at Signature Auto in Columbus, Ohio. The unibody was taken down to bare metal and painted to the highest standards, and the unique Boss 302 high performance Blackout treatment were correctly applied to the hood, tail light panel, and deck lid as well as the distinctive reflective black "hockey" stripes. The interior was completely refurbished, and the drivetrain and mechanicals were all disassembled and fully rebuilt to exacting standards. Upon inspection, the original numbers-matching block was found not to be damaged, and the engine was then fully rebuilt.

No car better epitomizes the 'Golden Era' of the SCCA Trans-Am racing series than a Boss 302 finished in the same Grabber Orange hue as Parnelli Jones's 1970 Championship winning car. With its long list of highly desirable and seldom seen options, this unique Boss 302 is way out in front of the competition.

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302
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