Beautifully Restored 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Shows Off Rare Color Combo

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By 1969, Ford had three performance-oriented Mustangs in showrooms: the GT, the Shelby GT350, and the GT500. But that didn't stop the company from rolling out three more beefed-up rigs. That year, Ford introduced the Mach 1 and the Boss twins.
While the Mach 1 was essentially a package available with almost any V8 engine, the Boss models were limited-edition homologation specials. The Boss 429 was developed to homologate the 429-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) V8 engine for NASCAR. The mill found its way into the championship-winning Torino Talladega.

The Boss 302 homologated an entire car for SCCA Trans-Am duty. Although the Mustang had been racing in Trans-Am since the inaugural 1966 season, new regulations required a different setup. Much like the Boss 429, the Boss 302 hit dealerships with a unique appearance package and a bespoke engine.

In addition to the special stripe package, the Boss 302 also featured a front spoiler and a rear deck wing, while an all-black hood and rear window louvers were optional. The bundle also included a stiffer suspension, front disc brakes, and larger sway bars.

As for oomph, Ford developed an HO version of the 302-cubic-inch (4.9-liter) small-block V8. Featuring solid lifters and heads from the 351 Cleveland engine, the Boss 302 delivered 290 horsepower and 290 pound-feet (393 Nm) of torque. It provided Ford with a solid competitor against the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.

Far more popular than the Boss 429, the Boss 302 sold 1,628 units in 1969. But the beefed-up Mustang became significantly more popular in 1970, when Ford delivered 7,013 examples. It's not the rarest Mustang, but it's among the scarcest iterations of the first-generation muscle car.

And while the nameplate is somewhat common compared to other rigs from the golden era, some features can turn a Boss 302 into a rare gem. This 1970 example, for instance, has a scarce color combo to brag about. It may not seem like it, given the Candyapple Red exterior, a common choice at the time, but the interior sets this 'Stang apart from most of its siblings.

While most Boss 302s were ordered with all-black cabins, this one rocks white upholstery. Or should I say a two-tone interior since the dashboard, the floor, and the lower door panels are black. How rare is this combo? According to the owner, only 173 units were sold in this exact color combination. That's only 2.5% of the total production. Our host also has a Marti Report to confirm this figure.

Scarcity aside, this 1970 Boss 302 is also a gorgeous classic, thanks to a complete restoration. It also rocks a numbers-matching 302 V8 that just got a rebuilt carburetor. This Mustang looks the part and sounds healthy. Hit the play button below for a walkaround.

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Ask Ciprian about cars and he'll reveal an obsession with classics and an annoyance with modern design cues. Read his articles and you'll understand why his ideal SUV is the 1969 Chevrolet K5 Blazer.
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