Is the Boss the best-looking Mustang ever? Hard to deny that it's got all the right ingredients, and that probably explains this very attractive 1970 Boss 302 tribute that nails the look and delivers a bit more performance than you'd expect, even from the legendary Boss.
Grabber Orange is the quintessential Boss 302 color and combined with Larry Shinoda's graphics, it's one of the most iconic Mustangs of the muscle car era. This tribute does a great job of capturing the sleek race-inspired look which includes the chin spoiler, hood scoop, rear window slats, and a wing on the rear deck, all of which seem to make the sportsroof look even longer and lower than it is. The paint job is quite nice, good enough to make everyone look twice, but not so nice that you're afraid to drive it (after all, what's the point of a tribute if you can't hammer it now and then?). The stripes were applied after the urethane paint was dry and the satin black hood treatment, hood pins, and blacked-out tail panel are little details that only enhance the look. Chrome bumpers sparkle against the paint, providing a cool contrast that really works on the early Mustang.
The black interior is largely stock, albeit nicely restored. The bucket seats show minor signs of use, but the vinyl seat covers are accurate reproductions that will wear like iron as you enjoy your new pony. The black dash pad is in good shape and the matching carpets are in excellent condition thanks to a set of Ford-logo mats. Factory gauges are a little faded, but they all work and with a fold-down back seat, this Mustang is a surprisingly practical car that can be used every day if you'd like. The original AM radio still lives in the dash, just ahead of the Hurst T-handle shifter on the 4-speed gearbox that was mandatory equipment with every Boss sold. You can tell that this one was originally a more upscale Mach 1 from all the faux wood in the interior, but it makes a nice complement to the Boss's take-no-prisoners attitude. Pop the trunk and you'll find a correctly finished cargo bay with plaid mat and full-sized spare with jack.
The 302 in the original was a potent small block, but this tribute one-ups the original with a snarling 351 Cleveland V8 punched out to 393 cubic inches. With 91 more cubes to work with, this one makes impressive torque and thanks to the 351C's legendary deep breathing abilities, it loves to rev like the original Boss did. It's making a claimed 594 horsepower, so it'll definitely get your attention, and it looks so good under the hood that it'll make you look forward to checking the oil every time you fill it up. An MSD ignition system and its characteristic red coil makes the heat and a big radiator effortlessly handles the cooling chores. Long-tube headers bolster torque production and Flowmaster mufflers give it that distinctive Mustang sound that fans love and competitors have learned to fear. Lots of new suspension components ensure a smooth ride and straight tracking on the road, and those pretty 15-inch Magnum 500 wheels look appropriate, especially with fat white-letter radials wrapped around them.
Tribute cars like this can be a ton of fun, and this one definitely has the hardware to make it more than just a cosmetic clone. Call today!