When you ask most Ford enthusiasts what their favorite Mustang is, the Boss is always at the top of the list. Between its classic good looks and legendary SCCA pedigree, it’s the platform that officially buried the brand’s ‘secretary car’ stigma. And if you can find a documented Boss that’s been correctly restored and has all the right hardware, you can get a serious investment grade piece that’s almost guaranteed to produce returns. Well, if you’re a Ford fan who’s looking for some thrilling muscle that has all the right stuff to be shown and enjoyed, this 1970 Boss 302 is a classic you can bank on! Wrapping a date-correct 302/4-speed drivetrain and a correct blue on blue color combination in a fresh, six-figure restoration, it’s the perfect car to cruise and rule shows with!
According to this exquisite blue oval’s Deluxe Marti Auto Works Report, it was assembled on May 29th of 1970 in Dearborn, Michigan with the following door data and options:
* 0 – 1970 model year
* F – Assembled at Ford’s Dearborn manufacturing facility
* 02 – Mustang Sportsroof
* G – 302-4V Boss
* 93,543rd Ford vehicle scheduled for production at Dearborn
* 05/70 – Assembled in May of 1970
* 63A – Mustang Sportsroof
* Q - Ford #3319-A Medium Blue Metallic paint
* BB – Medium Blue Rhino/Corinthian Vinyl bucket seats
* A – 3.50 standard axle ratio
* 5 – 4-speed wide ratio manual transmission
* 21 – Atlanta Ordering District
* 4-speed wide ratio manual transmission
* F60x15 belted tires with raised white letters
* Power steering
* AM radio
* Completely tinted glass
* Sports wheel covers
Take a look at this Mustang’s original factory invoice, which IS included with our sale, and you’ll see that its initial home was Long-Lewis Ford in the hot and dry heat of Bessemer, Alabama. But by the time Ken Maisano, owner of Mascar Auto Body, in Costa Mesa, California, found its eBay listing, the car had made its way to Atlanta, Georgia and underwent a partial restoration. Maisano decided to start from square one and, after spending a lot of time finding a date-correct engine, subjected the car to a multi-year, $108K restoration. That rotisserie reboot, which commenced in 2008, began with a few floor patches, progressed to prepping original quarter panels and terminated with a body that was entirely e-coated. That razor-straight and professionally aligned body was highlighted with a glossy coat of correct Medium Blue Metallic two-stage, buffed to a brilliant shine and dressed in a brutal ensemble of black Boss 302 war paint. And today, roughly 4,900 miles later, this killer pony car sits as a classic collection of straight and flat body panels, perfectly ridged character lines, and narrow build gaps that create one incredible show-stopper!
For 1970, the Mustang received a smoother body, a less aggressive face, a flat rear valence and a variety of balanced trim tweaks. The idea was to tame looks that some believed were hindering sales and better the car’s performance in crucial SCCA Trans Am events. At the leading edge of this super slick Boss, a correct, Mustang-branded grille hangs bright FoMoCo headlights between familiar ‘fender fins’, a pristine chrome bumper, crystal clear parking lamps and an aggressive chin spoiler. At the top of that grille, a ridged hood leads the eye to like-new glass that’s framed by spotless stainless wipers, correct sport mirrors and a subtle combination of polished and painted trim. At the sides of that glass, re-fashioned fenders combine with chrome-trimmed marker lights and traditional Ford door handles to provide an aggressive, yet finished appearance. And at the back of the car, a blacked-out valence hangs an ornate fuel filler and clear tail lights between a large decklid spoiler, a fresh “MUSTANG” trunk script, a second pristine bumper and wide-set reverse lamps.
But hey, never mind all that talk about how pretty the car is, what really matters is under its hood! Stroked to 331 cubic inches, upgraded to a one-piece rear seal and completely balanced and blueprinted, this Mustang’s date-correct 302 utilizes a heavy duty block design, correct free-flow heads, a forged nitride crank, a Competition camshaft, Crower Sportsman connecting rods, forged Keith Black pistons and a correct aluminum intake to create mountains of SCCA-winning horsepower. At the top of that buff mill, a Ford Blue air cleaner feeds a big 4-barrel carburetor that’s anchored between finned aluminum valve covers. In front of that carburetor, a familiar points distributor shoots sparks through correct Autolite Radio Resistance plug wires. At the sides of that distributor, restored cast iron exhaust manifolds funnel spent gases into stainless, true dual pipes. And in front of those manifolds, a re-cored Ford radiator sends water through fresh Autolite hoses and reproduction screw clamps. You can probably tell the hot V8 has been sufficiently coated in Ford Blue paint and properly seated in a satin black bay. You probably can’t tell that there’s a ton of high quality ancillary components like a Cloyes billet timing set, Mahle piston rings, TRW bearings, ARP bolts and Smith Brothers pushrods that keep it burning mean and clean. And items like correct marks and decals, a tagged Autolite Sta-Ful battery, a correct Autolite rev limiter, a correct Autolite ignition module and factory smog equipment round out a clean, trophy worthy engine bay.
Naturally, the bottom of this clean Ford has been restored to the same high standards as its striking exterior and pristine engine compartment. Behind the motor, a date-correct, wide ratio 4-speed engages a new Centerforce clutch to spin an original rear end that’s been upgraded with a Sure Grip differential and steep 3.91 gears. Holding that awesome drivetrain off the ground is a correctly restored independent front and solid axle rear suspension that mixes like-new, OEM-grade equipment with correct paint marks. At the ends of that suspension, optional power steering combines with optional power front disc and rear drum brakes to provide competent track capability. Overhead, correctly oversprayed floorpans appear just as they did when the car was new. In the middle of those floors, a fresh true dual exhaust system sends roasted dinosaurs from restored manifolds to an H-pipe crossover and great sounding turbo mufflers. At the edges of that exhaust system, power flows to the pavement through OEM Magnum 500s that spin meaty 245/60R15 BF Goodrich Radial T/As around galloping horse center caps. And everything from this Mustang’s new stainless fuel tank to its high quality Motorcraft oil filter is fully sorted, ready to show and itching to go!
Inside this blue beast, a correct Medium Blue interior features freshly re-covered seats and a roster of color-keyed accents that blend seamlessly with the car’s awesome exterior paint. Everything from the black headliner to the blue carpet and color-keyed floor mats appears to have been replaced during restoration. The dash is loaded with rebuilt and re-chromed gauges, features a correct Philco AM radio, and looks good in a black and blue paint combination that''s as vivid and bright as the day it rolled into the showroom. Between the seats, a chrome Hurst T-handle shifter rides inside a Medium Blue console. In front of the driver, a Medium Blue steering wheel spins around a solid black steering column. Behind the passengers, a completely restored trunk features a correct mat, a correct jack, a correct lid decal and a collapsible spare tire. And, like most first generation Mustangs, this Boss’ design and detailing is impressive proof that 60s-era Ford definitely had some of the best interior designers in the business.
The sale of this investment grade Mustang includes the original factory invoice mentioned above, the Deluxe Marti Auto Works Report detailed above, a thick stack of restoration receipts, a breakdown of that restoration’s cost, a breakdown of the 302’s build specs, a copy of the car’s feature in the November, 2011 edition of Car Craft magazine, and a set of rare sport wheel hubcaps.
If you’re a fan of Ford performance, you know that documented small block cars deliver white-knuckle thrills and unmatched exclusivity. This 1970 Boss is the perfect piece to show and enjoy with no worries. Take care of it, maintain it, keep it looking great, and it will easily hold its value while you have a ton of fun. A classic, numbers matching Mustang that''s covered in cool blue paint and wrapped in a six-figure restoration? What’s not to love?