7. Ford Mustang Boss 302
The third redesign of the Mustang appeared for the 1969 model year and the car grew again. They changed the engine choices, as well as the equipment list. They also steered the Mustang lineup in two main directions. One was the luxury segment with the new Grande notchback model. The other was pure muscle with three new models: Mach I, Boss 429 and Boss 302.
Although Ford only produced it for two years, 1969 and 1970, the Boss 302 featured the 302 V8 engine, which they conservatively rated at 290 HP. The real output was closer to the 350 HP mark. The Boss 302 was a model they intended for racing in Trans-Am championships. The Boss came with a blackout hood, spoiler on the trunk and other details. It also featured a stiff, track-tuned suspension, a close-ratio gearbox and a high-revving engine.
The car was light and without any unnecessary luxuries. It was a perfectly balanced car with great performance and driving dynamics. It was a muscle car, but its handling characteristics, high-revving engine and overall feel made it a sports car with racing success. Basically, it’s the best of both worlds and a unique model in Mustang’s long history.
During its two-year production run, they produced the Boss 302 in less than 10,000 examples. Always considered one of the best Mustangs ever built, prices reflect its position in the muscle car world. That is why perfect examples cost around $100,000 today.