The Boss cars have always held a place of awe and respect. We have grown to love that solid lifter sound from the Boss 351 and the Boss 302, as well as the mighty power that the Boss 429 can deliver under the right massaging. If there is one car that can turn heads while idling down the show field, it is the Boss--any Boss.
Many hold the Boss cars in the same light as the Shelbys, even though the Boss prices have not reached the nosebleed level of the cars fathered by Carroll himself. Still, the Boss era is kind of remarkable. Here was a car that was bare bones, made no attempt at creature comforts outside of the deluxe interior, and was only available with a four-speed. Even Shelby never did that after the first year. So the Boss is something special, something rare in Ford.
We'll examine the options that were specific as well as the basics. We dole out stats and figures to make even the baseball fans smile. We also muse over some items to make you go, hmmm--we hope.
The Boss cars came with a nice list of performance standard features. The Boss '9 gave you all these and a plush interior. One has to wonder if Ford did this because they felt guilty about the whopping $4,937 price tag.
Boss 302 1969
Boss 302 1970
Boss 429 1969
Boss 429 1970
Boss 351 (R Code)
Boss PricingAlthough the Boss cars are not top-of-the-heap in the Mustang market (that honor belongs to the Shelby), they are a pricey buy. Most will fetch more than a well-equipped Mach 1 of the same era, and the Boss 429 will even come close to touching the Shelbys in the cha-ching factor. These computations were factored using the "Good" rating from the Cars of Particular Interest (CPI) value guide, (800)760-2667. The value computations were done using the government inflation calculator available online at www.jsc.nasa.gov/bu2/inflateCPI.html.