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Rare 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Show Car Found!

HOT ROD logo HOT ROD 2015-07-22 Jerry Heasley

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"I grinned when I read the VIN, 0F02G100081, followed by the words, 'Cleveland Intro Show, Cleveland Sheraton' from an issue of Mustang Monthly a couple years ago."

Bob Waters immediately recognized the digits "00081" as belonging to his 1970 Ford Boss 302 Mustang, a yellow car he acquired 25 years earlier in a small town in Iowa. He says he always knew that the Boss's low VIN meant it was a very early build and probably a first-day production unit. Now, as he read Donald Farr's magazine article, he found out his Mustang had a history as part of a group of 14 Boss 302s, all painted Bright Yellow, that Ford Motor Company assembled for dealer intro shows and other promotional activities.

These 14 cars were not exactly assembly line stock. Bob read with deep interest the differences in these cars, such as chrome taillight housings and stainless rear window molding, as opposed to blacked-out pieces.

He found out his Mustang had a history

Bob couldn't wait to walk out to his storage facility to check his car for the differences listed in the article. Sure enough, he found the brightwork in the trim. Another interesting feature was a different stripe placement on the rear quarters (stripes angling upward and into the side marker lights.)

Bob isn't sure of the exact year, but he guesses 20-25 years ago he attended a swap meet in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. There, he ran across a Boss 302 block for sale.

"Where is the rest of the car?" he asked the young man selling the block.

"Oh, it's back at home."

Bob left his contact info with the young man in case the Boss 302 ever came up for sale. Two years later it did.

Under the hood was a 351 two-barrel Cleveland motor. The original Boss 302 engine was long gone. Waters had purchased a 302 Boss short-block (and "several more parts") from the young man. However, this block was a Ford replacement, appropriate for this 1970 model, but not the original block.

"All I did was pull the engine and park the car inside. I cleaned it up, but other than that, I didn't do anything with it," said Bob.

I cleaned it up but didn't do anything with it

More than a quarter of a century flew by. When Donald Farr's article came out, Bob didn't have the time and money to invest in the significant restoration this car needed, so he sold the Boss 302 to Rick Parker of Signature Auto Classics in Columbus, Ohio.

Rick said, "I got a call from Chief Coleman, just a wonderful friend in Iowa. He called and said he had a friend named Bob Waters with 'one of those early special Boss 302s with the real goofy VIN numbers.'"

Rick checked out the magazine article and discovered 0F02G100081 went to Ford Motor Company's dealer introduction show in Cleveland, which took place at the Cleveland Sheraton.

This 1970 model would be a great car for Rick's shop to restore. Signature Auto Classics is more than a restoration shop. Rick is an enthusiast with a large collection of Ford muscle cars of his own. This Boss would be first a Boss to love, but with the bonus of a special Ford build with features unique to the other 13 "Show Boss" Mustangs.

Check our list below. Maybe one of our readers owns another one of these lost special Boss 302s. If so, please email me. — jerryheasley@gmail.com.

Maybe one of our readers owns another one of these special Boss 302s

The Show Bosses
0F02G100043 New York Intro Show, New York Hilton Hotel
0F02G100048* Detroit Intro Show, Cobo Hall
0F02G100049 Omaha Intro Show, Omaha Civic Center
0F02G100050 Houston Intro Show, Thomas Convention Center
0F02G100055* St. Louis Intro Show, Kiel Auditorium
0F02G100056* Phoenix Intro Show, State Fair Coliseum 
0F02G100057* Seattle Intro Show, Seattle Coliseum
0F02G100058 Dearborn Steel Tubing, Intro Show
0F02G100060 National Press Conference, Gurney's Inn, Long Island, NY
0F02G100062* Atlanta Intro Show, Atlanta Civic Center
0F02G100064 Richmond Intro Show, Richmond Arena
0F02G100065 Baltimore Intro Show, Baltimore Civic Center
0F02G100081* Cleveland Intro Show, Cleveland Sheraton
0F02G100082* Cincinnati Intro Show, Cincinnati Convention Center
*Survives today


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