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Spotless Survivor: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302

What do you believe to be the greatest First Generation Mustang ever produced? Undoubtedly, some readers will select a vehicle from the Shelby range, while others will opt for a Mach 1. A third group will provide compelling arguments for the earliest versions, contending that those cars represent the badge in its purest form. Me? The Boss 302 is a clear winner. Ford produced these cars as a total package that provided the best combination of power, handling, and braking available at the time. The Boss 302 was borne from a desire for competition success, and spotless examples command serious attention when they hit the market. Such is the case with this 1970 model. It wears one of the most desirable paint shades, and finding anything worth criticizing seems virtually impossible. It is a turnkey proposition needing a new home. Therefore, the seller has listed the Boss here on eBay in Dripping Springs, Texas. The action has been intense, pushing the bidding past the reserve to $40,100 at the time of writing. There is still time for interested parties to stake a claim, and I would understand if you do.

The seller has only been this Mustang’s custodian for around a year. However, the listing suggests they have had an intimate knowledge of this classic for considerably longer. It presents beautifully in Grabber Blue, one of the premium shades for that model year. The paint holds an impressive depth of color and shine with no significant flaws or defects. The panel gaps are tight and consistent, with no visible bumps or bruises. The underside shots aren’t the best, but they tend to indicate there are no rust issues that might cause the new owner grief. The seller says it hasn’t received any refurbishment or restoration work while in their care, although there are suggestions it may have when possessed by the previous owner. The “shaker” hood joined the options list in 1970, although, surprisingly, this feature never saw use in Trans Am competition. This car retains its original spoilers and features optional Sport Slats on the back window. The glass and trim are immaculate, and the Boss rolls on Magnum 500 wheels.

Ford introduced the Boss 302 V8 to the Mustang range in 1969, with this motor’s power and torque figures remaining unchanged in 1970. It generated 290hp and 290 ft/lbs of torque, with many experts believing that both figures were significantly understated. This car feeds those ponies to a limited-slip rear end via a four-speed wide-ratio manual transmission. The “Boss” package upgraded the suspension and brakes to maximize performance in those areas. The Boss 302 was purely a homologation exercise designed to bring success in the competitive Trans Am series. Ford fell short of the mark in 1969, trailing Chevrolet by fourteen points in the Manufacturer’s Championship. Despite a significantly reduced factory racing budget, 1970 proved a resounding success. Not only did Ford triumph with seventy-two points, but Chevrolet didn’t receive the silver medal. That honor fell to American Motors on fifty-nine points. Chevrolet trailed in third on forty points, justifying the money Ford had invested in developing the Boss 302. The seller doesn’t say whether this Mustang is numbers-matching. They indicate an odometer reading of 19,000 miles but not whether they hold evidence verifying the reading as genuine. However, the car is in excellent mechanical health and is a turnkey proposition for its new owner.

Boss 302 buyers in 1970 could order their new toy with virtually any trim combination in the Mustang range, but most selected the Black vinyl we find in this car. Its condition is immaculate, seemingly supporting the mileage claim. There are no signs of wear, abuse, or UV damage. The plastic is spotless, and the faux woodgrain has avoided the typical deterioration issues. There are no visible aftermarket additions, and the factory AM/FM radio will provide in-car entertainment for those who tire of the tune sung by that sweet V8.

This 1969 Mustang Boss 302 is a stunning car, and the thirty-three bids submitted confirm that people agree with my view. The fact that the reserve has been met means it is destined to find a new home in only a few days. If there is evidence confirming that it is original and the odometer reading is genuine, I expect the bidding figure will need to at least double before someone gets to drive it away. Are you tempted to join the bidding war, or will you join me sitting back as an interested spectator?

Comments

  1. Howie

    What a beauty!! It is a 70.

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  2. JCH841

    Holy nice car Batman. If I had a garage and a spare forty some thousand dollars to play with … It would be a hit at the local shows and a blast to drive there.

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  3. Hcallaway

    I it was numbers matching the seller would mention that important information.

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  4. Hcallaway

    If it was numbers matching the seller would mention that important information.

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    • Larry Shinoda

      If it were “numbers matching” it wouldn’t be a Ford.

      Unless you account for engine numbers of an appropriate year of manufacture.

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      • CATHOUSE

        Please stop spreading this misinformation. Starting in the 1968 model year Ford VIN stamped the engines and transmissions in their cars. This was done to comply with federal regulations. So there most certainly is such a thing as a numbers matching Ford.

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  5. BleedNRed

    When I was 13 yo, there was an identical Boss 302 (Grabber Blue) in our neighborhood (including the shaker and louvers). Every day, I would ride my bike over to that home to look at that car. I was in love with it… I still am today.

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    • Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TN Member

      Similar story for me. There were two Boss 302’s in my small town, both ordered at the local dealer by young guys who had finished their military service. One a low-option Grabber Blue, one a high-optioned Lime Gold. The Lime Gold was actually just a few houses away, so I got to regularly gush over it.

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      • 370zpp 370zpp Member

        There was one in my town, yellow. The owner bought it new, before he went to Nam. Never came back. I believe his younger brother ended up with it. Beautiful car. Terrible outcome.

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    • John ferrara

      I bought a 1970 grabber blue boss 302 while I was in Vietnam. No shaker or magnum wheels.

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  6. Mike76

    Survivor? It looks like it has been restored to me. Good looking car either way. If you’re a Mustang enthusiast, a Boss 302 in grabber blue has to be pretty high up the list.

    Like 4
  7. Cam W.

    Hmmmmmm. This car looks familiar….. I saw this car about this time, last year on BAT, where it sold for $73K. According to BAT, it was refurbished by a previous owner, and repainted grabber blue. Sold with Marti report and other documentation.
    This may be a scam…….
    The photos in the ebay ad are copied directly from BAT , and the ebay description is very basic, missing key info.
    ALWAYS inspect in person, before paying.

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    • Rjonec

      Appears to be a scam. Said he will have a hard getting back to you with questions. BAT pics from a year ago. Buyer beware!

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      • Howie

        Sellers feedback (731) as a buyer, sellers feedback as a seller (0).

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      • PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

        Auction completely removed from EBay = yet another scam.

        Buyer must always be aware!

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  8. Dan

    Whether restored or a survivor, this car presents very well but the reserve seems very low for a car of this caliber. And with no mention of matching numbers, I have a queasy feeling about this one.

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    • Robert Gunn

      From the moment I saw this past the reserve in the 40’s, I thought no way this is going really going to sell for that.

      Like 1
  9. Frank Sumatra

    Now I feel really bad about what I did to my 1970 Boss 302 back in 1973. What a dummy!

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  10. Oldschoolmuscle

    I dont know about you but when i look at these 60s and 70s muscle car i just see American muscle. When i see the muscle cars of today i see a wannabe
    muscle car.Just not the same feeling when looking at them.These just never get old to me!!!! If that makes sense…

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  11. russell

    I didn’t think the console in 70 had the seatbelt receptacles, thought that was 69. My 70 Mach 1 did not have hem, or is that specific to the Boss 302 that year.

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    • CATHOUSE

      You are correct. 1969 consoles had the seatbelt receptacles, 1970 consoles do not have them.

      Like 0
  12. Cal Steward

    The bottom of the door and rocker panel look funky on the passenger side.

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    • Euclidkid Member

      Noticed that too. Could have been t-boned and someone changed the lower rocker.

      Like 0
  13. kevken1959 Member

    This is almost certainly a scam. Same for this car: https://www.ebay.com/itm/325997860318. About 10 years ago I fell for a scam like this on Ebay. A 1971 Red 429CJ Mustang Mach I was listed and it did not sell. It was a deal that seemed “too good to be true.” The car was on the other side of the country and there was no way I could go look at it in person. I got the seller’s phone number and worked a deal. I had many conversations with the scammer and he even provided a photo of a title in his name (that later I found had been photo shopped). I was still suspicious though, so I told him to re-post the car on Ebay with a “Buy it Now” of $25,000 (for what was easily a $50,000 car). I did this because I had been reimbursed by Ebay insurance once before when a car I had won was no where to be found on pick up. I wired him the money that day. Excited by the great deal I got, I posted pictures of the car on one of the Mustang websites. I was horrified when one of the members pointed out that the numbers on the dash VIN in one of the photos had been photo shopped but they failed to change the number on the VIN in the door tag photo. A quick Google search of the correct VIN showed that the car had been listed on line for sale for $70,000 several years earlier and the scammer used the exact same photos from that ad. It was a long drawn out process but I eventually got all my money back from Ebay’s insurance. In these instances the “sellers” are not even showing the VINs so you can’t research them. Another red flag on the black Mach I is that I have messaged the seller through Ebay several times and he will not respond. I learned a lot from my prior experiences with Ebay insurance. First, try to do all you communications with the seller through Ebay’s messaging system. Second, never do a transaction with a seller outside of Ebay if you want their insurance protection. Third, it is very hard to get your money back from Ebay and they only agree in a few very specific circumstances. About the only way to get your money back is if the add was truly a scam where someone high jacks another users account and puts up a description and photos for an imaginary car or in the case where there is an issue with the title of the car where you can’t get it titled in your state. I contacted the FBI about what had happened to me, and they said I was part of a nationwide scam that was initiated overseas. The scam was responsible for over $50 million in losses and the FBI was unable to recover one penny.

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  14. Larry D*

    This deal seems a bit sketchy to me. Can’t even get the model year right?
    Buyer beware.

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  15. Mark

    Me, a spectator, a verrry jealous spectator.💔

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    • Nelson

      Front spoiler not right either gona need work / wondering what else .

      Like 0
  16. Ed

    Auction is gone. Hopefully somebody didn’t get ripped off.

    Like 2

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