If you’ve got $100k to spend on a Boss Mustang, you have a couple of options: You can go to your local Ford dealership and order up one of the modern recreations or you can stop by RK Motors Charlotte and take your pick of show-ready originals. Current options include a "Medium Blue Boss":http://www.rkmotorscharlotte.com/sales/inventory/active#!/1970-Ford-Mustang-Boss-302/134104 featured on the cover of Car Craft, a "documented Grabber Blue":http://www.rkmotorscharlotte.com/sales/inventory/active#!/1970-Ford-Mustang-Boss-302/134037 version, and the latest addition – this killer 1970 Boss 302 dressed in Grabber Green. It’s a relatively rare car in an exclusive color, backed by the combination of a high-winding 302 and a 4-speed manual transmission. A Marti report and Eminger invoice support that it was born this way and accolades including an AACA Grand National Senior First Place and a MCA National First Place verify that the restoration is top notch in every way imaginable. If you’re the kind of Ford fan that appreciates authenticity, this Boss 302 a great choice!
We’ll get start by decoding the data plate:
Serial Number: 0F02G120399
•0 – 1970 model year
•F – Assembled in Dearborn, MI
•02 – Mustang Sportsroof
•G – Boss 302ci 4V V8
•120399 – 20,399th Ford schedule for production at Dearborn
•11/69 - Built during November of 1969
•63A - Mustang Sportsroof
•Z - Grabber Green paint
•BA - Black Rhino/Corinthian Vinyl Bucket Seats
•A - 3.50 standard axle ratio
•5 – 4-speed wide-ratio manual transmission
•33 – Detroit ordering district
This one left the assembly line with the following options:
•Rear deck spoiler
•F60x15 Wide Oval white letter tires
Total options: $146.00
Grand total: $3,961.40 (including $95.40 in transportation charges)
By today’s money, that’s somewhere around $24k – not bad for this kind of performance and prestige. The folks at Bill Moore Ford in Carleton, MI took delivery of this pony express, beginning its publicly traded life. To expand on the rarity factory, ANY genuine Boss 302 is a rare piece but color can certainly shrink those numbers. Ford turned out 7,014 of these cars during the model year and, of them, only 352 left the line sporting Grabber Green. Looking at this car, it’s a wonder that number wasn’t higher. The refreshed paintwork shows as new all around, highlighting crisp body lines and tight panel gaps that only come from the hands of a skilled body man. The paint is accented by those classic black Boss stripes that start down the hood, dip across the fenders, and travel to the rear of the car, forming one of the most revered looks of the era.
Ford definitely sweated details for the 1970 Boss, toning back some of its visuals in an effort to attract more buyers without lessening it’s potency at SCCA events. At the leading edge of this super slick Boss, a correct, Ford-branded grille hangs bright halogen 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 sculpted hood leads the eye to like-new glass that’s framed by spotless stainless wipers, correct sport mirrors, polished trim, and optional sport slats. 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. At the back of the car, a correct black valence anchors an ornate fuel filler and segmented tail lights between a large decklid spoiler, a fresh “MUSTANG” script, a second pristine bumper and wide-set reverse lamps.
Of course, the centerpiece is the original 302ci V8 planted in the subframe. Built to factory specifications, this 302 sports a correct D0ZE-6015-B casting number and a 9K29 (November 9, 1969) casting date, and a barely visible but matching partial VIN to verify its authenticity. The mill utilizes a heavy duty block design, original, large port, large valve, free flowing Cleveland heads, a race prepped crank, a solid lifter cam, heavy duty connecting rods, forged pistons and an aluminum intake to create 290 SCCA winning horsepower. At the top of the motor, a correct Holley 4-barrel rides between finned aluminum valve covers. In front of that carburetor, a correct Autolite coil sparks the distributor, which sends power through correct Autolite Radio Resistance plug wires. At the sides of the motor, restored cast iron manifolds send spent gases into a true dual exhaust system and, in front of the motor, a tagged radiator sends water through correct hoses and reproduction clamps. As you can probably tell, the block has been properly coated in Ford Blue paint and, from its Autolite Sta-Ful battery and correct Autolite ignition module to its correct and hard to find Autolite electronic RPM limiter and reproduction paper hang tags, comes 100% complete with correct ancillary markings and components.
Naturally, the bottom of this clean Boss 302 has been restored to the same high standards as its exterior and engine compartment. Behind the motor, a Toploader 4-speed wears a RUG-BJ1 tag, showing it to be 1972-spec equipment. While it may not be the original piece, it did make its first appearance in a Boss car certainly feels at home behind the 302. From there, power flows to a tagged Ford 9-inch rear with 3.50 gears. The car’s double A-arm front and solid axle rear suspension have been rebuilt with correctly marked OEM-grade equipment which includes correct, modified front shock towers, staggered rear shocks, correct heavy duty sway bars and new stainless hardware. Braking is handled by correct 11-inch power front discs and power rear drums which receive fluid through new stainless lines while turning remains a manual effort. At the center of the car, red oxide floor pans which wear a proper amount of green overspray ride above a fresh dual exhaust system that’s complete with an H-pipe crossover and factory replacement mufflers. Finally, a set of 15-inch chrome Magnum 500 wheels wrapped in new F60-15 Firestone Wide Oval tires fill in the wheel wells.
Inside the car, a stylish black vinyl interior combines original pieces with restoration pieces to provide a comfortable, well-designed driving environment. Front row seating is provided by a pair of vinyl-wrapped bucket seats that look great and offer plenty of support. The instrument bezel is loaded with original gauges and features clean black surfaces that remain as vivid and bright as the day the car rolled out of its Michigan showroom. A correct Philco AM radio sits in front of the cars chrome Hurst shifter which is topped by a solid Hurst T-handle. Like-new carpet covers the floor, a tight headliner stretches across the roof, clean door panels occupy the doors, and even the seat belts have been restored to great condition for a fresh and show worthy appearance. Behind the interior, a completely restored trunk includes a correct trunk mat, a correct Space Saver spare tire and correct trunk lid decals. During the late 60s, Ford definitely had some of the best interior designers in the business, and first-rate Mustang interiors like the one in this 1970 Boss are testament to both the cars staying power and its appeal.
As mentioned, the sale includes both a Marti report and Eminger invoice. Other documents include 1970 warranty information, an original owner’s manual, and restoration receipts. The car has also made its rounds in the show scene. MCA judging sheets are part of the sale but the full list of awards includes:
•AACA National First Place (2000 / 2002)
•AACA Senior National First Place (2007)
•AACA Grand National Senior First Place (2010)
•MCA National First Place (2010)
The Boss cars are true muscle car icons, easily recognizable to even novices. This one wraps celebrated hardware like the 302ci V8, 4-speed transmission, and a Ford 9-inch in laser straight sheet metal topped in attention-stealing Grabber Green. Best of all, this isn’t some fantasy tribute car – it’s the real deal backed by all the right paperwork and car show victories. If you’re looking to add a proper pony car to your stable, don’t miss the chance to bring this ’70 Boss 302 home today!