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Dearborn’s Camaro-Eater: The 1970 Mustang Boss 302

Posted December 22, 2009 12:01 AM by dstrohl

The last rose of summer. That's what Jacques Passino of Ford racing fame called the Boss 302. "the engine and the car did more than we could have expected it to do It was a winner, it was a good car, a good street machine. But I guess you could call it the last rose of summer, because right after that, everything died."

By any measure, the Boss 302 was a success. It accomplished for Ford about everything they asked of it. It won on the Trans-Am circuit, and on the street it improved the performance image of the Mustang. But the days of the high-performance production car, specially produced to make a car eligible for racing, were ending for Ford Motor Company. With the Boss, Ford left with a winner."

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12/21/2009 11:09 AM

Is the past prologue? Edmunds is reporting that the 2011 Ford Mustang GT has a 5.0-liter V8 with 412-hp. The Mustang vs. Camaro rivalry just got more interesting - and don't forget the Challenger.

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12/22/2009 7:28 PM

...Ford had the Boss 302, Chevrolet had the 302 Z-28, AMC had the destroked-390 Javelin, while Plymouth had the AAR 'Cuda and Dodge had the Challenger T/A (both 340/6BBL).

...by 1971 they were all dead.

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12/23/2009 11:23 AM

Very interesting blog. Thanks dstrohl for the ride back in history! Luv'ed it!!!!

But why is it when everyone mentions hot pony cars of the late 60's and early 70's do they forget about the 1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am??? I was lucky enough to have bought one while I was stationed at Ft. Lewis back in 1977. I was the second (and very proud) owner of this gorgeous pristine beastie with 1,267 original miles on it.....Any yes, I bought it from a little old lady too! *LOL* It was originally bought by her son who was later KIA in Viet Nam, ans so the car sat in her garage for roughly 7 years before she decided to put in up for sale.....and I paid only $2,000 for it and replaced the battery, the tires and a few radiator hoses. That buy was a steal!!!

Anyhow, I was able to blow off pretty much anything stock in a street race light-to-light with that 400 CID engine, M22 trannie and 4:11 rearend! And by God, it was fun to drive on country back roads to boot! Only after I got out of Active Duty did I sink a lot of money into the engine, but that is a long story in of itself.......Today, I wish I had never sold it for $5,000 college money! Look how much one of those rare birds goes for now days, even in an auction!! ***YIKES***

Just adding my 2 Cents in the the fray!!! California Dreamin'.......

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12/23/2009 8:52 PM

Has the Boss 302 label been dusted off lately Stateside?

Over here it sure has. The original Boss 302 in Oz was a Falcon Hardtop. Ford Performance Vehicles have reissued the name this time referring to 302 KW (400hp+).

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Re: Dearborn’s Camaro-Eater: The 1970 Mustang Boss 302

12/28/2009 7:31 PM

I wonder what this car might be worth on the market today?

What if it was a convertable in great condition, new top?

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