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Purpose-built to help Ford regain dominance in the wildly popular SCCA Trans-Am racing series, Ford’s Boss 302 Mustang remains one of the finest and most collectible products of Ford’s “Total Performance” era. It is also one of the most satisfying drive, with excellent handling to match its high-revving 302 cubic-inch engine. With Ford struggling to make the Tunnel Port 302 racing engine work properly and the Roger Penske/Mark Donohue Chevy Camaro Z/28 juggernaut taking the Trans-Am title in 1968, the Ford camp acutely understood that something new was required.
Ford’s two-pronged counterattack was based on a new Mustang to homologate an all-new engine design for Trans-Am competition combining a high-strength 302 engine block and internals with the big port, canted-valve cylinder heads from the new “Cleveland” V-8. A hot solid-lifter camshaft, four-barrel carburetor, Toploader four-speed transmission, and other goodies from Ford’s parts bin rounded out the new Boss 302 package.
Suspension and aerodynamic development was largely ignored until former key GM executive “Bunkie” Knudsen and former GM designer Larry Shinoda, of Corvette Stingray fame, stepped in and insisted the new Mustang be the best-handling American car available. Shinoda also eliminated a number of tacky add-ons proposed for the new Mustang, replacing them with a simple flat-black hood, side stripes, spoilers, and optional rear-window louvers. He also contributed the car’s “Boss” moniker – meaning “the best” – in tribute to Knudsen, who was known simply as “the Boss.” The Boss 302 was certainly worthy of its provocative name, propelling Ford to the 1970 Trans-Am championship.
This W-Code 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 is one of the rarest of all Boss 302s built with its 4.30:1 Detroit Locker rear end and front-mounted oil cooler, being one of just 254 cars so equipped. Highly documented, matching numbers, and rotisserie-restored, it is also one of the finest and most desirable examples available today. The restoration was completed in January 2010. Outstanding factory equipment includes the “Shaker” hood scoop, rear-window Sport Slats, rear spoiler, and the tachometer and trip odometer. The correct engine is complete with VIN stamp and FoMoCo tag, the correct 4-speed, close-ratio transmission includes the VIN stamp and RUG tag, and the correct Detroit Locker differential sports its factory tag. Correct VIN stamps are found on both fender aprons.
The original and correct carburetor is also complete with its tag.
The Ford 999 report letter dated January 1997 verifies this car’s VIN, the term “Drag Pack,” and options; a Deluxe Marti Report confirms this W-Code Boss is one of only 254 built and confirms all 14 of its options including Medium Red Ford # 2008-A exterior finish, Black Corinthian bucket-seat interior, Sport Deck rear seat, tinted glass, power steering, and Rim Blow deluxe steering wheel. The original Eminger Invoice includes the factory sales invoice to Russ Milne Ford, and documents also include the original factory build sheet plus at least 100 maintenance pages/invoices covering the car’s history. Koni shocks and 3.90:1 gears were added during restoration for enhanced performance and drivability. A top-quality and highly rare “W-Code” example, this 1970 Boss 302 is an essential and highly documented example, fit for any proper muscle car collection celebrating America’s legendary Trans-Am warriors.