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1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Tribute Car Has The Style Without The Cost

Among the most desirable classic Mustangs is the 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302. The challenge is not only finding a Boss 302 to purchase but affording the often extremely high price tag as well. It’s also not the easiest thing to find a fastback 1970 Mustang. At some point in its life, this 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 tribute car was made using a clean 1970 fastback as a base.

The car is painted in a green hue that certainly looks like the 70s and has the vinyl Boss 302 stripes. While the green paint looks good in images, the seller calls it a “driver’s quality paint job,” noting that it’s glossy with clear coat, and has been sanded and buffed to a nice shine. Inside the car has a green interior complete with a green dash and touches of fake wood grain. The interior has a new Bluetooth stereo, new carpet, new sound deadening, new seat covers, new dash, new door panels, Cobra steering wheel, three-point seatbelts, and more.

The seller says that the car, which is available on eBay, has modern air conditioning that blows cold with controls integrated into the car’s factory controls. It rolls on new wheels with white letter tires. The engine under the hood is a 302 cubic-inch V-8, but it’s not from the early 70s. The engine is a 1987 5.0-liter engine with Cobra valve covers and air cleaner. The engine has a new balancer, flywheel, gaskets, seals, intake, and carb.

The engine breathes through a set of long tube headers with full dual exhaust and Flowmaster mufflers. The transmission is a three-speed automatic, and the car has a new speedometer cable and kick down gaskets for the transmission. Mileage is listed as 60,458, but we don’t know if that’s on the current engine or the chassis. The vehicle was made to be a “cool weekend cruiser,” not a nut and bolt restoration. The eBay seller is asking $35,000.

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Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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  1. ShelBoss

    IMHO (as a certified Boss 302 judge, as well the owner of a genuine 47K mile 1970 Boss 302), the Medium Lime Metallic car depicted is really nothing more than a modified 1970 Mustang. If given the VIN we would know if the car started life as Mach I or just a plain sportsroof.

    1969-70 Boss 302s are special cars: low production cross between a muscle car and TA road racer with significant racing history. In their first road test Car & Driver called the Boss 302 “the new standard by which everything from Detroit must be judged.” Doesn’t that mean a tribute car should at least “try” to duplicate the original?

    The Boss 302 was built around the Boss 302 engine. By using the canted valve “Cleveland” head on the 4-bolt main “tunnel port” 302 block, Ford moved the power band up the rpm range to create a high-winding small block motor that looked as spectacular as it performed. This is exactly what you need for road racing, and exactly what the Boss 302 was built for. Boss 302s were strictly Trans Am cars for the street; you couldn’t get an automatic transmission or air conditioning. And they either had no hood scoop or a shaker scoop.

    The 1970 Mach I with 351C-V8 was more of the street cruiser. I had one for a decade with 351C-4V V8, auto transmission, factory air, power disc brakes, console, AM/FM and tilt wheel. With 300bhp from the factory and an easy 400-500bhp with standard performance builds, the 70 Mach I was IMHO, the best of both worlds. Many non-concours Mach Is could be found in the same price neighborhood as this pseudo-Boss 302. Well, to to each his own, but if it were my $35K and I wanted a comfortable 1970 street cruiser Mustang with AC and auto trans, I’d buy a Mach I.


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