2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 and the 10 Greatest Mustangs Ever

1969-70 Mustang Boss 302
After promoting the development of the Camaro Z28 during his tenure at Chevrolet, Ford president (and GM turncoat) Semon "Bunkie" Knudsen insisted Ford needed a Mustang that could go toe-to-toe with his prior creation and compete in Trans-Am racing. Along with a beefier block, Ford's 302-cubic-inch V-8 was treated to forged pistons and a high-rise intake manifold, and enlarged valves helped deliver additional high-end power. Engineers added wider tires, stiffer springs, heavy-duty dampers, and a larger antiroll bar in front (a rear bar was added for 1970), plus a quicker steering box. Designer Larry Shinoda (another GM expatriate) added a blacked-out hood and deck lid, large C-shaped stripes, rear window louvers, and an aggressive chin spoiler.

Ford launched the Boss 302-possibly named for its awesome power, wild looks, or as a nod to Bunkie himself-in the second half of 1969 and sold 1628 examples, more than enough to homologate the car for racing. Ford failed to clinch a Trans-Am title that year (it did in 1970), but Boss 302 customers were the true winners: with a few mild modifications, they owned a factory-built race car-albeit with a complete interior.

Base Price: $3500 (1969)
Engine: 302-cubic-inch (4.9L) OHV V-8
290 hp @ 5800 rpm
290 lb-ft @ 4300 rpm
0-60 MPH: 6.9 sec
total built: 8641

1968 1/2 Mustang 428 Cobra Jet
From the era of glorious muscle-car excess comes the 428 Cobra Jet. Introduced in April of 1968, the 428 CJ was the brainchild of Robert F. Tasca, an influential Ford dealer from Rhode Island. It was a drag-race winner from its first event (the NHRA Winternationals, in February 1968) and is still winning NHRA Stock and Super Stock races today. And it's been a legend on the street since day one. After recording a 13.6-second quarter mile at 107 mph in a test of a Cobra Jet prototype, Hot Rod magazine proclaimed it "probably the fastest regular-production sedan ever built." Under the ram-air hood was a 428-cubic-inch V-8 whose special features included low-rise heads patterned after the 427, a variant of the Police Interceptor intake, and a Holley four-barrel. Ford rated the engine at a demure 335 hp, but the true figure was somewhere north of 400 hp. Power front disc brakes, a nine-inch rear end, and a heavy-duty suspension helped round out the package, which was offered on all three body styles. Honorable mention goes to the '69 Mach 1 with the Super Cobra Jet option and Shaker hood, as it is in our opinion the best-looking Mustang ever and an equal performer to the '681/2.

Base Price: $3110
Engine: 428-cubic-inch (7.0L) OHV V-8
335 hp @ 5400 rpm
440 lb-ft @ 3400 rpm
0-60 mph: 5.5 sec
Total built: 2870

daregooch
How in the hell did you guys include the bullitt and forget about the 03-04 Cobra? Next time do your homework a little better.
Felice1965
I am drooling all over my keyboard. I can not stop looking. This must be a dream. I know I will wake up in the morning and it will be a Ford Escort or something lame like that....
tumbleweed2
The paint job on the 2010 is godawful, butt ugly. Looks like a 3 year old was turned loose with a pine bough and a bucket of red and black $h!t.

New Car Research

our instagram

get Automobile Magazine

Subscribe to the magazine and save up to 84% off the newsstand price

subscribe

new cars

Read Related Articles

TO TOP