On April 17, 1964, Lee Iacocca changed the automotive landscape forever when Ford released the Mustang to the public, launching a new age of American sports car that continues to this day. About 6 months later, the desire to give that car a performance upgrade led to the infamous partnership with Carrol Shelby and the production of the first GT350. This started an industry-wide trend of releasing high-performance variants of different sports cars at the time. In 1969 Ford decided to stay in-house for their performance upgrades and released the now infamous Boss 302 engine option that was available for just two short years. More than 40 years later, Ford decided to celebrate the icon by re-introducing the world to the Boss 302, this time in the 5th generation Mustang. Keeping with tradition, the car was only available for two years (2012-2013) and featured an all new 302 cu inch 5.0L V8 with a hell of a lot more horsepower.
Cars like this one were the genesis of North American cars beginning to blur the lines of differential between themselves and their European counterparts. The “go fast in a straight line” days of your dads mustang are long gone and it's thanks to cars like the Boss 302 that we see more domestic representation at our local tracks. However, as the current generation of performance Mustangs (GT350R etc..) continue to move away from a distinctive muscle car and more towards a more true to form sports car, its cars like the Boss 302, the ones that fell into this specific era of manufacturing, that do such a fantastic job of blending the old school muscle car feel with the up to date feeling and response you would expect from a new sports car. It's the raw and rowdy life of the party, the one that rewards you when you get things right and lets you know when you're doing things wrong instead of compensating with a computer. Many car enthusiasts call this the best Mustang of all time and it's easy to see why. With staggering performance numbers wrapped up in such an affordable package, its no wonder why the Boss 302 has been converting Mustang non-believers since 1969.