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Competition is the mother of innovation, and the story of the Boss 302 Mustang is no different. The
Mustang’s legacy was forged in the Trans-Am racing series where it won the prestigious championship in
1966 and again in 1967. The success the Mustang experienced was a direct confirmation of Ford’s motto
which was, “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday.”
However, it was competition from Chevrolet and their Camaro Z/28 that sparked the birth of a legend. The
Camaro brought home the Trans-Am championship in 1968. Unrelenting, Ford went back to the drawing
board in order to one-up their fellow Detroit rival, thus in 1969 the Boss 302 was presented in retaliation.
The name of the car was derived from the engine, which was the key component that needed to be
overhauled in order to compete with the Camaro. The 302-cubic engine was mated with the canted-valve
cylinder heads from the Cleveland engine which was already in development. The main goal was to
maximize flow, and the new Cleveland heads were up to the task. This combination pushed its output to 470-
bhp, while the production version was rated at 290-bhp.
The man in charge of designing the Boss 302 was Larry Shinoda, a former GM employee. Some of the
styling cues that set the Boss apart from the standard Mustang are the black horizontal rear window shades,
side “hockey stick” stripes, and front spoiler and rear deck wing.
Despite a competitive initial showing by the Boss 302 in 1969, it was unable to capture the Trans-Am title,
again Chevrolet held that honor. It was in 1970 (with the help of renowned driver Parnelli Jones) that the
Boss 302 was able to reclaim the championship and place Ford back in the pony car war.
I added plug wires with the correct firing order, fuel lines and heater hoses. The kit Magnum 500 wheels and
tires were used. Exterior is finished with Model Master Bright Yellow, sanded and polished. The engine block
was finished with authentic Ford Engine Blue from Model Master. Bare Metal Foil was used on all exterior
chrome trim. Valve covers, they were stripped and painted Metalizer Silver.