In the Mustang world the word Boss is synonymous with extreme performance and big collectability. And when you throw the name Carroll Shelby into the mix, you’re talking about running straight up a value curve that just won’t quit. This 1970 Boss 302, equipped with rare Shelby dual-quad induction, is a fully documented, magazine-featured award winner that’s considered the ultimate small block Mustang. What’s more? It’s mostly original body and rare gold over black color combo was recently ground up restored by the experts at Santa Barbara Muscle Cars in Santa Barbara, California. If you’re a prospecting enthusiast who’s looking for long-term gains via a pristine example of one of the finest pony cars ever produced, this world class Boss is the classic you’ve been craving!
According to Kevin Marti of Marti Auto Works, this super rare coupe was bolted together in Metuchen, New Jersey on November 28th of 1969. Here’s a thorough breakdown of the car’s original door data and optional equipment:
SERIAL NUMBER: 0T02G138675
* 0 – 1970 model year
* T – Built in Metuchen, New Jersey
* 02 – Mustang Sportsroof
* G – 302 cubic inch, 4V Boss engine
* 38,675th Ford vehicle scheduled for production at Metuchen
* 11/69 – Assembled in November of 1969
* 63B – Mustang Sportsroof
* K – Ford #3340-A Bright Gold Metallic paint
* EA – Black Clarion Knit/Corinthian Vinyl bucket seats
* S – 3.50 Traction-Lok axle
* 5 – 4-speed, wide-ratio manual transmission
* 28 – Louisville Ordering District
* Rear deck spoiler
* Chrome Magnum 500 wheels
* F60x15 belted, raised white letter tires
* Décor Group
* AM 8-track stereo
* 4-speed, wide-ratio manual transmission
* Traction-Lok differential
One of two identically optioned Boss 302s sold through Jefferson Ford in Fayetteville, Tennessee, this awesome pony car is a rare, magazine-featured award winner. Not too long ago, its solid body was the beneficiary of a thorough restoration that primed bare, mostly original metal for a correct and glossy coat of Bright Gold Metallic two-stage. Once that even pigment was buffed to an excellent shine, a full array of factory war paint tapped into an aggressive demeanor that’s both classic and fitting. And today, the car sits as a revered collection of well-aligned panels and ridged character lines that presents a stunning, show worthy appearance.
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 halogen headlights between familiar ‘fender fins’, a pristine bumper, clear parking lamps and an aggressive chin spoiler. At the top of that grille, a solid Mustang hood leads the eye to like-new glass that’s framed in satin-finished wipers, correct sport mirrors and straight stainless trim. At the sides of that glass, re-fashioned fenders combine with chrome-trimmed marker lamps and classy chrome door handles to provide an aggressive, yet finished appearance. And at the back of those fenders, a Satin Black valence anchors an ornate fuel filler and segmented tail lights between a correct decklid spoiler, a fresh “MUSTANG” script, a second pristine bumper and wide-set reverse lamps.
But hey, never mind all that talk about how pretty the trim is, what really matters is under the hood! Never disassembled, and still churning to factory specifications, the car’s 302 cubic inch Windsor small block utilizes Cleveland-style heads, a race prepped crank, a solid lifter cam, heavy duty rods and forged pistons to create over 290 horsepower. At the top of the Ford Blue mill, a finned and “COBRA” branded air cleaner feeds two Holley 4-barrels that are seated on a big Shelby intake. In front of those Holleys, a traditional points distributor sequences fire between an Autolite coil, an Autolite voltage regulator and fresh Autolite Radio Resistance plug wires. At the sides of that distributor, long-tube headers funnel spent gases into a menacing, side-exit exhaust system. And in front of those headers, a tagged radiator sends water around a big fan via pliable hoses and tight screw clamps. As you can probably tell, the raucous engine has been trimmed in chrome and crowned with sweet aluminum valve covers. That bejeweled appearance contrasts well against Satin Black fenders and a full array of decals. And everything, from the car’s correct Autolite rev limiter to its tagged Autolite Sta-Ful battery, looks 100% authentic and complete.
Aesthetically, 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 wide-ratio 4-speed spins a correct Traction Lok differential around competent, road-ready gears. Holding that awesome drivetrain off the ground is a correctly restored suspension which mixes fresh paint with new Koni shocks. At the ends of that suspension, standard manual steering combines with power front disc and rear drum brakes to provide competent track capability. Overhead, clean, oversprayed floorpans, the only place the car has ever needed new metal, look solid and ready to show. In the middle of those floors, a fresh true-dual exhaust system pipes roasted dinosaurs through an H-shaped crossover and thin, glasspack-style mufflers. At the sides of that exhaust, mirrored Magnum 500s twist meaty 245/60R15 BF Goodrich Radial T/As around galloping horse center caps. And everything, from this Mustang’s stainless fuel tank to its factory sway bars, is fully sorted, ready to show and itching to go!
Inside this blue oval beaut, a correct black interior features freshly re-covered seats and simple stainless accents that blend seamlessly with the car’s awesome exterior panels. Everything from the tight headliner to the fade-free carpet appears restoration-fresh. The dash is loaded with rebuilt and re-chromed gauges, features a correct stereo, and looks good in wood trim that''s as vivid as the day it rolled through the showroom. At the floor, a traditional Hurst T-handle rides inside a stylish, hard-lined console. In front of the driver, a Rim Blow steering wheel spins a bright wood rim around a tri-color Mustang emblem. Behind the passengers, a completely restored trunk features a correct jack, correct lid decals and a collapsible spare tire. And, like most first generation Mustangs, this Boss’ design and detailing is impressive proof that 60s-era Ford definitely employed some of the industry’s best designers.
Naturally, this solid gold thoroughbred features extensive provenance. Here’s a chronological list of what our sale includes:
* An Eminger invoice
* An original owner''s manual
* An ownership history that dates back to 1989
* Service records that span the early 90s
* A stack of restoration receipts
* Photos of its re-paint
* A reproduction window sticker
* A copy of its feature in the March, 1995 edition of Muscle Car Review
* A framed copy of Muscle Car Review that’s signed by Larry Shinoda
* A Deluxe Marti Auto Works Report
* A Deluxe Marti Auto Works Report that’s framed with an official Marti Auto Works letter which states the car is 1 of 1
Few classics have the attitude and presence of an old school Boss. And if previous trends are any indication, these cars will continue to gain value as they become more exclusive and more collectible. This professionally restored 302 is a documented, fully-sorted gem that drives and sounds every bit as good as it looks. If you’re a dedicated purist who desires only the best, here’s your chance to own the ultimate muscle car!