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Claimed Survivor: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Red 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Front Corner

Update – The auction for this questionable Boss survivor has ended with a high bid of $35,350, but the reserve was never met. We will watch to see if the seller relists the car, but we doubt they will lower the reserve anywhere close to $35,000.

We have featured several Boss 302s in the past, some in better shape than others. This bright red 1970 Mustang Boss 302 may be one of the nicer survivors we have found. From the looks of it, it has been well cared for over its entire life. The current owner has decided to move the car on and has listed it here on eBay, where it has a current bid of $24,400 with the reserve not met. The value of Boss 302s has been all over the place in recent years, so it’s hard to predict where this one will go.

Red 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Front Corner Up Close

This beauty is located in Casper, Wyoming, which is in the heart of the State. The seller claims the car has never been restored and only has a few rust spots. Wyoming doesn’t use salt on the roads, but it does snow a lot there, so you will want to check all the problem areas for rust. We also have noticed a few things that make us question if this car hasn’t had a respray. It’s possible that this car hasn’t been resprayed and the pictures are just playing tricks with our eyes, but we would definitely want to verify the seller’s claims before bidding.

Red 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Interior

The inside of this Boss is nearly perfect, with only one small flaw. It has a small hole in the headliner, but it could easily be replaced without negatively affecting the value of the car. Being a factory high performance car, one would expect a more sporty interior Sadly the street going Boss’ interior isn’t much different from the standard Mustang, with the most notable difference being the Hurst shifter.

Red 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Engine

The 302 in the Boss 302’s name was derived from the 302 cui Windsor V8 that powered the car. The Boss’ engine was built for racing with a heavier duty bottom-end, thicker cylinder walls, and forged pistons. To help the engine breath better, Ford strapped Cleveland heads to the block. This combination allowed the 302 to rev up to 6000 rpm and produce about 300 hp.

Red 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Rear Corner

This Boss looks great, but that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t proceed with caution. It wouldn’t be the first time a seller has described a restored car as a survivor. We really love the looks of the Boss 302 and the more we learn about them, the more we want one. We just hope the seller has set the reserve realistically and that the next owner has enough smarts to keep the car in as original condition as possible.


  1. Ken Jones

    Looks too good to be true for a “Barn Find”

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  2. J. Pickett

    Is it still a survivor with that Mickey Mouse steering wheel. I would definitely want the original wheel for that kind of money.

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  3. J. Pickett

    Having had a 69 Mach I without the extra spoilers and silly slats, I’ve always wondered why people set the accessory rear spoiler’s angle to increase lift rather than downforce. I guess aesthetically they want to follow the line of the roof, but it does defeat the purpose. They are adjustable. You see it on so many muscle cars with separate spoilers.

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  4. Ricky Lawrence

    Nice looking car, but it does look like some orange over spray on the firewall. It could just be glare and I hope it is.

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  5. Jeff V.

    Nice. From what I know the Boss 302 was made to compete with GM’s DZ 302 Z-28 (Racing/production stuff). These cars were grossly underestimated in HP (Insurance reasons), 400 HP was more accurate (Chiltons state 290). The solid lifter cam produces a sweet sound, the compression I think was around 11:1. This was a production/streetable race car.

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  6. RT Savoy

    Also looks like the Rev limiter is missing…..

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  7. fred hunt

    Is that strut brace stock?

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  8. TJace

    I bought a 69 a few years ago with less than 50K original miles. It sat in a garage according to the owner for 35 years. The Mustang I bought didn’t look near as well as what I see in these pics.. Not saying the guy selling this one isn’t on the level, but tough to buy into what he is saying.

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  9. A Ewers

    Looks an awful lot like bentonite in the grill surround. That stuff does interesting things to paint, and is next to impossible to remove. Wonder if the car is downwind from one of the plants?

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  10. J. Pickett

    Those braces to the struts were stock, If it had the optional Shelby one or aftermarket it would go straight from strut to strut. Overspray under the hood or under the car was in keeping with the quality control at the factory in those days.

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  11. fred hunt

    Thanks J.

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  12. tom

    I noticed most have no Shaker scoop? optional I guess ,but look weird without it.

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