Allan Settles of Guyton, Georgia, is among the many of us who appreciate the formal roofline on the coupe version of the Mustang, and indeed the coupe was the most popular offering for every year of classic Mustang production. However, as we all know, Ford devoted a lot of energy to the development of several special packages for the Mustang that became available only on the fastback or "SportsRoof" version of the car. For inclusion in Trans-Am racing, the Boss 302 package was developed under the leadership of Ford design genius Larry Shinoda, while the Mach I version of the car went on to become the most popular special edition Mustang ever produced. There's no denying that these special package Mustangs were indeed great-looking vehicles. Beyond sophisticated engines, heavy-duty suspensions, and great graphics, the Boss and Mach I packages also included things such as specific hoodscoops, emblems, and front and rear spoilers. Over the years of our involvement in the hobby we can remember hearing many enthusiasts lament that these great-looking and -running special Mustangs weren't offered on the coupe version of the car. It didn't make sense to them that these terrific versions of the Mustang weren't offered on the most popular body style. What's the solution? Take a coupe and dress it for success, and clearly that is what Allan chose to do when he acquired his '70 Mustang.
It's hard to go wrong when you use the Ford design studio for inspiration, and clearly the Boss 302 theme Allan chose for his car looks as good on his coupe as it did on the real McCoy. Allan went one step further and also incorporated some of the finer Mach I details onto the car. Not content to enhance only the visual aspect of his project Allan wanted this car to run as hard as a real Boss 302 as well. Toward that end he has added considerable muscle to the powertrain in the form of a centrifugal supercharger. With a blower puffing away on top of the Windsor-headed 341ci engine, it far outperforms any original Cleveland-headed Boss 302 concoction. As we all know, power isn't the only dynamic involved for true classic Ford performance and that's why Allan has paid close attention to equipment selection for his car from the ground up. From the rolling stock and suspension, to the engine bay and interior, the details on this coupe are very thought out. Take a moment or two and join us as we examine just what's in Allan's recipe for his cool coupe success.
Allan Settles' '70 Mustang Coupe