Of the legendary names in the history of the Ford Mustang, one stands apart: BOSS. Originally created to homologate the new Boss 302 engine and option package for SCCA Trans-Am racing, the Mustang Boss 302 debuted for the 1969 model year and was built in limited numbers for the street through 1970. Designed by the legendary Larry Shinoda, the Boss cars were easily distinguished by their race-bred powerplant, standard front spoiler, and bold graphics.
For the 2012 model year, Ford revived the Boss 302 with a modern street version that delivered more than 440 horsepower. To mark the historic occasion, Mustang historian Donald Farr wrote a complete history of the Boss 302, from its late 1960s origins in Ford’s boardrooms, through its Trans-Am successes and untimely demise in 1970, up to the conception and development of the new 2012 Mustang Boss 302. Packed with brilliant photography and first-hand accounts from the people who created the original Boss as well as the team that resurrected Ford’s most iconic Mustang, this is the story every Mustang enthusiast has been waiting to read!
With the release of a 2013 Boss 302, author Donald Farr was asked to update his 2012 book to include information about the latest iteration of the Boss with its new stripes and colors. This is the complete story of the Boss 302, from the original 1969-70 models to the the development of the 2012 and updates for the 2013 version.