Meet The BossThe Ford Mustang was spectacularly successful from the very beginning of its long and illustrious run. Ford expected the Mustang to be successful of course, but even company executives were astonished at just how well received the car actually was.
They didn’t expect it to reach the 100,000 mark in total sales for the 1965 model year, but in fact they sold that many cars during the first three months. In all, over 400,000 Mustangs were sold for that initial model year and by the time the car was 18 months old 1 million of them had been produced.
As you might imagine, this got the attention of General Motors and they were committed to entering into the pony car market with a vengeance. They did so with the Chevrolet Camaro, which was actually more powerful than the Mustang. One of Ford’s responses was the 428 Cobra Jet which we will cover in a future post. Another was the Boss 302 Mustang that was around for the 1969 and 1970 model years.
Larry Shinoda was the brains behind the Boss 302 Mustang, and it is interesting to note that he was formerly on the team at General Motors. They let a good one get away and their loss was Ford’s gain.
The 1970 Boss 302 Mustang is a relatively rare piece of automotive history that is highly coveted by many classic Mustang fans. There were just over 7000 of them produced and they a carried a sticker price of $3720.
Interestingly enough, the Boss 302 Mustang has risen from the ashes like the proverbial phoenix. Ford has brought the car back this year and you may want to check out the hot new 2012 Boss 302 Mustang if you are true fan of Mustangs both old and new.