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1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Sports Bright Yellow Unapologetically, Secretive Engine Mods

Say what you will about the first-generation Mach 1 or the Shelby GT350/GT500 duo, there’s just something about the Boss 302 specification that may just make for the perfect late-first gen Mustang. It looks aggressive without having to try too hard, yet clean.
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Unlike the Mach 1, or even the Boss 429 for that matter, your run-of-the-mill Boss 302 doesn’t come with any hood scoops or rear fender ducts. Not that there’s anything wrong with those things, but some people really do want a clean looking 1969 Mustang, and whenever that’s the case, their no.1 aim should be the Boss 302 specification.

The Boss 302 was built to adhere to Trans Am rules, featuring those instantly recognizable hockey-stick stripes. Only 1,628 units were sold for the 1969 model year, which means that what we found here is a relatively rare American classic, getting auctioned off to the highest bidder.

It’s got a Bright Yellow exterior, a front spoiler, the previously mentioned side stripes, dual side mirrors, a rear spoiler, rear window louvers, dual exhaust outlets and a set of 15” Magnum 500-style wheels with BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires.

The car also has power steering and power-assisted front discs, two features its next owner should definitely appreciate.

Inside, you get the usual good stuff such as the black vinyl front bucket seats and rear bench, a cassette stereo, a floor-mounted center console, a Hurst shifter, plus a heater, which hopefully works because the horn and the dashboard-mounted clock sure don’t.

You’ll also find a steering column-mounted AutoMeter tachometer, fronting the speed-o, fuel level and oil pressure gauges.

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 getting auctioned off
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Now, what’s going on underneath the hood of this car is... interesting. You’ve got a replacement 302 ci V8 engine that’s been fitted with a Holley CFM 650 carburetor, an MSD distributor and ignition coil, Ford Racing spark plug wires and aftermarket exhaust headers.

However much power it’s putting down (probably over 290 hp), it all goes to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual gearbox with a Traction-Lok differential, aka a limited-slip differential.

Show me more Bosses

We’ve actually got three that you might be interested in, and for a curveball, let’s start with this 1969 Mustang Boss 429, on sale recently. It looks great, and the absence of a rear wing works in its favor, surprisingly.

Then there’s this 1970 Mustang Boss 302 in Grabber Blue, which had been fully restored prior to going on sale earlier this year. It’s really nice, but for some reason I think yellow works better – like we see here, or with this other yellow 1970 Boss 302 we showed you last year.

Visually, it’s a nearly identical car with the one on sale now, but with slightly different hockey stick decals and no woodgrain trim on the inside.
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About the author: Sergiu Tudose
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Sergiu got to experience both American and European car "scenes" at an early age (his father drove a Ford Fiesta XR2 supermini in the 80s). After spending over 15 years at local and international auto publications, he's starting to appreciate comfort behind the wheel more than raw power and acceleration.
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