Choose One Mustang: 1969 Mach 1 Versus 1970 BOSS 302
1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1
Interestingly enough, I chose a ’69 Mustang Mach 1 example that is almost exactly how I would imagine having one. Even down to the color, which is Gulfstream Aqua (a color that I noted in my Top 10 colors Ford should bring back for the Mustang article). This ’69 Mustang features the legendary 428 cubic-inch Cobra Jet V8 engine option. I think the only change I would make to this particular car is to possibly swap in a Tremec T56 Magnum XL 6-speed manual transmission. Maybe even throw a little nitrous on top of that 428, and call it a day.
Here’s a bit of history as to why I really enjoy the Mustang Mach 1 cars. Back in the day, when Ford debuted the Mach 1 as a sort of performance-oriented package for the Mustang as a 1969 model, these things really started a wave of high-performance Mustangs almost anyone could own. The Mach 1 iteration was so popular in fact, that these models outsold the Mustang GT nearly 13 to 1 in their first year. Because of the declining sales of the Mustang GT, Ford opted to discontinue the popular nameplate in favor of the Mach 1. And for that reason alone my friends, is why I really enjoy the Mach 1’s heritage.
1970 Ford Mustang BOSS 302
Another one of my Top 10 favorite colors from the list is Grabber Green, and this 1970 Mustang BOSS 302 wears its minty hue extremely well. I’m almost positive the car’s been repainted, but from the pictures via the eBay ad, that paint looks to be in excellent shape. The BOSS 302 is another sort of unicorn-slash-halo Mustang, right up there with the BOSS 429 of course. The color alone makes me want this car so badly – and while some enthusiasts don’t necessarily care for the ’70 Mustang’s facelift, I actually don’t mind it at all.
Here’s your brief yet equally as cool tidbit for the day. While the Mach 1 had a nice run spanning a little over a decade, the BOSS 302 (and the BOSS 429 for that matter) had just a two year run, from 1969 until 1970 (not counting the late model BOSS 302 & Mach 1 models of course). For all intents and purposes, the ’69-’70 Mustang BOSS 302 models were put into production to meet the homologation rules for SCCA Trans-Am Series. Without getting into too much detail here, the short version of what the Trans-Am Series was back in the day was nothing shy of an epic battle between manufactures like Ford, Mercury, Plymouth, Dodge, Pontiac, Chevrolet and AMC.
Which One Is Your Favorite?
This is obviously a tough one, as both Mustang models have such a rich and diverse history when compared to each other – for different reasons, obviously. Now, if you were to ask me which one I would pick, I would have to say I’d choose the ’69 Mustang Mach 1. I really like the idea of having a 428 cubic-inch Cobra Jet powered Mustang, and I love the heritage behind the Mach 1 nameplate. Not to say that I don’t enjoy the history behind the Mustang BOSS 302 (in fact, if anything, I probably enjoy that one more), I just really like the Mach 1 for different reasons.
To me, the fact that the Mach 1 back in the late ’60s, early ’70s outsold the Mustang GT nameplate nearly 13 to 1, causing Ford to make the decision to discontinue that nameplate in favor of the more powerful, more potent Mach 1, really speaks volume to me. It’s the classic story of king of the hill, and everyone loves an underdog. Side note – both of these unique Mustang models are available on eBay as of this writing. You can find the ’69 Mach 1 here, and the ’70 BOSS 302 here – but bring the big bucks.
Which one is your favorite?