Donald Farr
Former Editor, Mustang Monthly
October 1, 2003
Photos By: Mustang Monthly Archives

'69-'70 Boss 302

Like the 428 Cobra Jet, the Boss 302 arrived just in time. Designed to compete with Chevrolet's Z/28 Camaro both on and off the track, the Boss 302 revived Ford's small-block performance image after nearly a year-and-a-half lapse since the 289 High Performance went away after 1967.

According to the drag tests of the day, the '69-'70 Boss 302 Mustang was a steady high-14-second performer. Super Stock magazine, which was known for tweaking its test cars to get the best times possible, managed a 14.03 with experienced drag racers behind the wheel of a 4.30-geared '70 model. With slicks and the Shaker air-cleaner assembly removed, the Super Stock crew dropped the e.t. to 13.43 at 102.70 mph.

'70 Boss 302 - 14.03/100.55 - 4-spd. - 4.30 - Super Stock, Jan. 1970
'69 Boss 302 - 14.57/97.57 - 4-spd. - 3.50 - Car & Driver, June 1969
'70 Boss 302 - 14.62/97.50 - 4-spd. - 3.91 - Hot Rod, Jan. 1970
'69 Boss 302 - 14.75/98 - 4-spd. - 3.50 - Super Stock, Sept. 1969
'69 Boss 302 - 14.85/96.15 - 4-spd. - 3.91 - Car Life, Sept. 1969
'70 Boss 302 - 14.93/93.45 - 4-spd. - 3.91 - Car & Driver, Feb. 1970
'70 Boss 302 - 14.98/96.87 - 4-spd. - 3.91 - Car Life, June 1970
'69 Boss 302 - 15.0/96 - 4-spd. - 3.50 - Sports Car Graphic, June 1969
'70 Boss 302 - 15.8/90 - 4-spd. - 3.50 - Motor Trend, April 1970