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This very rare and original, numbers matching 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 4 spd in the stunning looking Grabber orange color with black de luxe interior which also is equipped with many special factory options. This migh well be a one of handfull ever produced Boss 302's.
In 1970 the Boss 302 became legendary because it won Ford the Trans am racing series with drivers Parnelli Jones and George Folmer at the helm. They called it The Boss and for two short years it ruled the muscle car scene in the US, establishing itself as one of the greatest road and race cars of the era togheter with the other T/A legends like the Plymouth's Cuda AAR, Chevy's Camaro Z28 and Dodge's Challenger T/A and than some. It’s one of the most collectible muscle cars worldwide and a car with some real succesfull racing pedigree.
In the 1960s US street lingo, if something was ‘boss’ it was cool, tough, the best. And the 1969 Boss 302 Mustang wore its badge with pride. It launched just four and a half years after the first Mustang was revealed to critical acclaim and record sales. Yearly updates to keep Mustang fresh in the face of tough new challengers from General Motors and Chrysler (particularly the Camaro) resulted in the once lean and pretty ’Stang muscling up, both in body shape and under-bonnet brawn, and the 1969-70 Boss models were the zenith of Mustang styling.
Thereafter, Mustangs became increasingly bloated and anaemic as the 1970s fuel crisis and stricter pollution laws cut horsepower and stylists lost their way; the rippling flanks and thrusting nose of the late 60s/early 70s cars gave way to boxy, bland designs. That early look would not be recaptured until 2005, when new Mustangs were given retro styling.The Boss 302 was launched at the same time as its big-block brother, the Boss 429. Both were positioned as competition specials; Ford wanted to homologate its 302-cuber for Trans-Am and the 429ci monster for NASCAR.
In fact, Ford went wild with engines between 1969-70, offering nine V8s – the ‘economy’ 302, 351 Windsor, 351 Cleveland, 390, 428 Cobra Jet, 428 Super Cobra Jet, 429 ‘wedge’, Boss 302 and Boss 429. For the Boss 302, Ford’s high-compression 302ci small-block V8 was beefed up with four-bolt main bearing caps and redesigned ‘Cleveland’ cylinder heads with bigger inlet and exhaust valves, and ports that allowed the engine to breathe more efficiently.These ‘semi-hemi’ heads were based on the Ford 427ci racing engine’s combustion chambers, and a balanced forged steel crankshaft and forged steel conrods allowed the engine to handle high rpms for sustained periods. These were very special and true race thoroughbred build V8's and its a blast to here and drive them.
A single 780cfm four-barrel Holley carburettor sat atop a high-rise aluminium inlet manifold, while a dual-point distributor, high-pressure oil pump, windage tray and screw-in welch plugs were further indications of its competition intent.A rev limiter was fitted, progressively cutting spark from 5800rpm to 6150, but it was easily bypassed and the Boss 302 could reportedly keep making power up to 8000rpm with minor mods. In the muscle car marketing war, Ford claimed a peak horsepower figure of 290bhp at 5800rpm (the same as the Camaro Z/28), but that was extremely conservative for insurance reasons as we all know now these engines had close to 400hp or more easily.
Two four-speed manual Top Loader transmissions were available: a wide-ratio ’box with Hurst shifter more suited to street and strip use, and a close-ratio unit for racing. Adding to the race or road options list were four diffs: the stock 3.5:1 nine-inch, Traction-Lok 3.5:1 and 3.91:1 and the No-Spin 4.30:1 built by Detroit Automotive. Axles and diff centres were also strengthened to take the loads Suspension was also race-inspired with heavy-duty springs, shocks and sway bar up front, and Hotchkiss-style rear suspension with heavy-duty leaf springs, sway bar and staggered shock absorbers. The left-hand shock absorber was bolted behind the axle and the right in front, to reduce axle tramp under acceleration.
Amazingly for such a high-performance car, braking was still only discs and drums with power assistance. Ironically, the Boss 302’s sexy shape was styled by former General Motors designer Larry Shinoda, who is often credited with coming up with the Boss moniker. When asked what he was working on, he replied, "The boss’s car", a reference to new Ford president ‘Bunkie’ Knudson, who was also ex-GM and had recruited Shinoda to Ford. While the wheelbase remained unchanged at 2740mm, the ’69 Mustang was 96.5mm longer overall to accommodate all the V8s offered, although the big-blocks still had to be shoe-horned under the bonnet.
Shinoda’s ’69 Boss 302 was also one of the first production cars to offer an optional front air dam and adjustable rear wing, and his use of high-contrast black panels, rear window SportsSlats, and go-faster stripes made the Boss a real attention-grabber.In 1970, American Hot Rod magazine dubbed the 1970 Boss 302 as "definitely the best handling car Ford has ever built", and the proof for that was of course there famous winn at the 1970 T/A racing series.
And with 6 race wins of the 11 races ( 5 by Parnelli Jones and 1 by George Folmer ) the car was almost unbeatable. Parnelli Jones, a true American racing legend made the 70' Boss 302 a legend and the other way around. Parnelli who later on also was team boss at Indy 500 and even owned and managed a Formula 1 racing team ( 1972-1976 ) with the other American racing legend Mario Andretti, stated years later that the 1970 Trans am series were one of the tuffest and most competing races he ever attended and his memories about the Boss 302 still made him smile ear to ear.
The immaculate 1970 Grabber Orange Boss 302 we present to you here is one of these cars that was purpose build to homologate Ford's succes number for the T/A series back in 1969/70. The Homologation rules requered that every official Ford dealer should have at least one of these cars on its showroom floor and Ford succeded in that because the production of the Boss 302 was expanded to the Metuchen plant besides only at Dearborn. The car you see here is also painted in its factory original Grabber Orange paint color, just like the actual T/A race winning cars !, how great is that.
But besides that this car is also a very rare car as it's equipped with many options that most factory boss cars miss out on as you can see in the below option list. But there is more that makes this beauty stand out... To start with it was produced at the Metuchen Ford plant (T code in the Vin) which only produced only 1/3 of all Boss 302 cars in 1970 and the Metuchen produced cars had some special production details as well.
Of the total produced Boss 302 cars only around 588 cars were sold as export cars to Canada and this is one of these cars. It was sold new to its first Canadian owner who had the car for around 9 years before it was sold to the Second owner ( also in Canada) who held on to the car for more than 40 years!
He pampered the Boss all of those years and the car never saw any damages or bad weather as it was installed in his home garage. The complete body and all important pieces are therefor in great shape and all original. And at some point in its live it was restored and also the complete factory original drivetrain was rebuild. We estimate this Boss is one of maybe 3-4 ever produced with these specs and it might well be one of the last ones around that still carries its original drivetrain.
So we think what you see here is a real two owner car and we also feel this car is in great and all original condition, which is pretty rare. The engine, transmission are still the ones that the car came with from the factory back in 1970 and so are most of the cars important features and parts. The engine runs amazing and the car is very fast to say the least. Its close ratio manual 4 speed transmission and its special peformance suspenion and steering system makes it handle like a dream and all feels very racy up to this very day.
PTTM found the car in Canada with its last owner who sold the car because he no longer had the age to enjoy the car anymore as he did for more than 40 years..This means also that this car was never marketed before and that makes it even more attractive for collectors. We will give the car a complete check up and a fresh restoration upgrade once it arrives and when its ready it will be for sale in our showroom. With its Grabber orange color, its optional Shaker hood! and rare 8000rpm factory tach, de luxe interior with sport bucket seats and the woodgrain dash fronts and floor console all makes this car really stands out.
As you can see on the pictures the underside of the car is also in factory correct style with red oxide protection and some overspray from the factory Grabber orange color. PTTM will also detail the underside even more to factory concours style condition. The paint will also be completely fresh and new and done in our quality paintshop yto make this icon look factory new.
If you ever wanted to own a very rare and very collectible piece of American muscle car history than here is your change to own one. This iconic and legendary purpose build factory street racer will give its owner great joy and besides that its also a great investment, as these cars will only go up in vallue for years to come, just like the have done in the past.
And what better car to have than one thats not only rare by itself, but also in its Ford factory correct race team colors and with its rarity in additional extra cost options its rare production back ground and combined with it's original and rustfree survivor body and structure and original driveline. It just doesnt get any better than this.. Its also a car that isn't over-restored and can also be driven and enjoyed as the should.
Its for sure one of the rarest Boss 302's around today and PTTM is proud to be able to present this exclusive car to its clients. Its asking price will be well below its actual market value so it will leave room for its future owner to grow.
Here is also a link to another great story about the Boss 302 and why its such as great car to own :
MORE PICTURES, A WALK AROUND VIDEO, AND MORE DETAILS WILL FOLLOW SOON.
But if you have any questions ahead, or want to make an exclusive reservation on this beast than please contact our sales.
Some of the base factory options for the Boss 302 were :
Special suspension and handling package, Close ratio steering system, Front spoiler, Dual painted rally mirrors, Standard interior with buckets, Hurst shifter, Boss stripes, 15 inch wheels, Power disc brakes,
Some of this cars additional (cost) options are :
- - Grabber orange.
- Boss 302 cui V8.
- - Close ratio 4 spd trans.
- Traction lock rear axle.
- Power disc brakes.
- - Sport Bucket seats.
- Deluxe interior.
- Magnum 500 wheels.
- Rear spoiler.
- Floor Console.
- Window louvres.
- SHAKER HOOD !
- Tinded windows.
- Factory in dash tacho !
- Decor group
- and more!
If there are details on the car you want to change or add some personal details, we can assist you with that no problem!
- The car comes with US title and EU import taxes paid and included
- All our cars are sold with complete service and inspection prior to delivery.
- On request, we can transport the car door to door worldwide!
- On request we can also sell the car with Dutch plates or assist with TUV (H)
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