1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302
The third redesign of the Mustang appeared for the 1969 model year and the car grew again. Ford changed engine choices, as well as equipment list. Also, they concentrated the Mustang lineup in two main directions. One was a luxury car in the new Grande notchback model. But the other was a pure muscle car with three brand new models, the Mach I, Boss 429 and Boss 302.
But Ford also introduced the legendary 428 Cobra Jet engine as a regular production option. And that engine put the Mustang among the fastest muscle cars of the era. But for most, the Boss 302 is the most important Mustang model. Ford produced it for only two years, 1969 and 1970. And the Boss 302 featured the 302 V8 engine which Ford conservatively rated at 290 HP. In fact, the real output was closer to the 350 HP mark.
But the Boss 302 was a model Ford intended for racing in the Trans-Am championship. So apart from the blackout hood and trunk spoiler, it featured a stiff, track-tuned suspension. The car also had a close ratio gearbox and a high revving engine. Best yet, it was light because it was without any unnecessary luxuries.
This model belongs on this list because it is a perfectly balanced car with great performance and driving dynamics. It is a muscle car, but its handling characteristics, high revving engine and overall feel make it a sports car with racing success. Basically, it’s the best of both worlds and a unique model in Mustang’s long history.