351CI CLEVELAND, BOSS 302 TRIBUTE, GRABBER BLUE, AUTO, VERY STRAIGHT FASTBACK
Is the Boss the best-looking Mustang ever? Hard to deny that it's got all the right ingredients, and that probably explains this very attractive 1970 Boss 302 tribute that nails the look but doesn't cost as much as a college education.
Grabber Blue is the quintessential Boss 302 color and combined with Larry Shinoda's graphics, it's one of the most iconic Mustangs of the muscle car era. This tribute does a great job of capturing the sleek race-inspired look which includes the chin spoiler, hood scoop, rear window slats, and a wing on the rear deck, all of which seem to make the sportsroof look even longer and lower than it is. The paint job is quite nice, good enough to make everyone look twice, but not so nice that you're afraid to drive it (after all, what's the point of a tribute if you can't hammer it now and then?). The stripes were expertly applied after the urethane paint was dry and the satin black hood treatment, hood pins, and blacked-out tail panel are little details that only enhance the look. Chrome bumpers sparkle against the paint, providing a cool contrast that really works on the early Mustang.
The black and white interior is largely stock, albeit nicely restored. The bucket seats show minor signs of use, but the vinyl seat covers are accurate reproductions that will wear like iron as you enjoy your new pony. The black dash pad is new and the matching carpets are in excellent condition thanks to a set of black mats. Factory gauges show bright, crisp markings and clear lenses, so it's likely that someone went in there and freshened them not too long ago, and with a fold-down back seat, this Mustang is a surprisingly practical car that can be used every day if you'd like. An AM/FM/cassette from Kenwood was stuffed into the original slot in the dash, just ahead of the shiny chrome shifter for the 3-speed automatic transmission (no automatic Boss 302s were built, but you can't argue with the ease of use this one offers). Pop the trunk and you've got a nicely carpeted cargo area, too.
The 302 in the original was a potent small block, but this tribute one-ups the original with a snarling 351 Cleveland V8. With 49 more cubes to work with, this one makes impressive torque and thanks to the 351C's legendary deep breathing abilities, it loves to rev. An Edelbrock 4-barrel carb and matching intake help with the horsepower boost, and it's dressed with enough chrome under the hood to make you look forward to checking the oil every time you fill it up. An MSD ignition system and its characteristic red wires and control box makes the heat and a big aluminum radiator effortlessly handles the cooling chores. Long-tube headers bolster torque production and Flowmaster mufflers give it that distinctive Mustang sound that fans love and competitors have learned to fear. Lots of new suspension components ensure a smooth ride and straight tracking on the road, and those pretty 17-inch alloys from Vintage Wheel Works do a pretty good impersonation of original Halibrands.
Tribute cars like this can be a ton of fun, and this one definitely has the hardware to make it more than just a cosmetic clone. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- Cassette Player
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Vinyl Interior
- Front Brakes
- Power Disc
- Rear Brakes
- Power Drum
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