In 1970, Ford built over 7,000 units of the Mustang Boss 302. And ever since muscle cars started to become collectible around the early 1980s, the Boss has always commanded respect. However, most pale in comparison to the real deal — an actual Trams Am racer from back in the day. One of these was just auctioned off at the RM Auction’s Scottsdale event on January 15th, 2015.
Built by Kar Kraft — the same folks who converted Mustang Sportsroofs into Boss 429s — this Boss 302 was campaigned by Bud Moore Engineering but with a twist, as it seems that Moore received three Stangs for the 1970 season but, in preparation for the 1971 season, received four more “body in white” Mustangs. Ironically, Ford discontinued its support for the Trans Am series in 1971, so Moore only managed to race two of the seven new Mustangs in several races. The Boss 302 racer seen here is the fourth of the second series of cars, and is one of the two that was never raced by Moore’s team. Its lineage, however, is well-documented.
“Of the eleven Bud Moore Mustangs [including the 1969 cars], it appears that the last two were not completed by Bud Moore or raced in Trans Am back in period, with only mine left unfinished until now”, says one of the owners. “Over a period of approximately five years, under the direct supervision of Bud Moore and his sons, chassis number 41971 was built to accurate 1971-sepcification BME 4 form, with the upgrade including the installation of Bud’s notorious, specially engineered heads for the engine. Moore has since authenticated the car and the build (a certificate is included). In addition, Moore was insistent that the car be liveried with his championship colors and numbered with his famous ‘15.’”
Notable features include:
- 460 hp, 302 cubic inch (5.0-liter) OHV V8 engine with a Holley four-barrel carburetor
- 4-speed manual transmission
- Independent front suspension with upper A-arms
- Lower transverse arms with drag struts, coil springs, tube shocks, and an anti-roll bar
- Live rear axle suspension with multi-leaf springs, upper trailing arms, Watts link, and an anti-roll bar
- 4-wheel disc brakes
- 108-inch wheelbase
Since the Boss is in original period specification, it is allowed to run in HSR/SVRA and is eligible for an FIA Historic Technical Passport, not to mention vintage European racing events. RM Auctions estimated bidding will reach $250,000-$450,000, and the pony was sold for a cool $200,000.