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This 198-mile 1969 Boss 302 Mus­tang is an in­cred­i­ble barn find

OF THE MORE THAN 100 BOSS 302s AT THE 2018 BOSS NA­TION­ALS IN MARYSVILLE, KANSAS, LAST SEPTEM­BER, ONE CAR STOOD OUT AS A BARN FIND—THIS 1969 BOSS 302 WITH 198 ORIG­I­NAL MILES. Owner Randy Saba from Pine, Colorado, un­veiled the car at 9 a.m. on Septem­ber 8, 2018, and we were there to take pho­tos and ask ques­tions. Ob­vi­ously, the Boss 302 had been pre­pared to drag race. “The car was in stor­age for 38 years in Hous­ton, Texas. It was pulled out in 2008, when the fam­ily de­cided to sell the car. They ad­ver­tised it through a bro­ker, and the car was sold to a good friend of mine that lives in Illi­nois,” Randy told us.

Next, the car went to a col­lec­tor in Michi­gan that was a friend of a friend of Randy, which was his con­nec­tion to pur­chase the Boss 302 in No­vem­ber 2017. We had seen pho­tos of this car in 2009 when a su­per­car en­thu­si­ast named Dick Jones pur­chased the Boss 302 from the es­tate of the orig­i­nal owner, Bob Jus­tice, and then resold it to the man in Illi­nois. Jones, orig­i­nally from New Zealand, has lived in the States (Bren­ham, Texas, to­day) for the last 25 years. One day he got a call from an auc­tion­eer named Judy McLel­lan about a 1962 Chrysler Im­pe­rial. “I don’t even know what they look like,” Jones said.

He drove to Hous­ton to see the ’62, which he bought to save from “some young guy that was go­ing to cut it up as an art car,” in his words. While there at the auc­tion com­pany, he met Larry Jus­tice, Bob’s son. The Jus­tice fam­ily was ready to sell the old car that Bob’s wife had shut the garage door on and left when her hus­band died. Jus­tice had only drag raced the car three or four times be­fore his un­timely pass­ing. He had or­dered the ve­hi­cle brand new specif­i­cally to drag race and had di­rected the deal­er­ship, Von-Wil Ford in Whar­ton, Texas (a sub­urb of Hous­ton), to in­stall a hot­ter cam and make other mod­i­fi­ca­tions.

Randy knows the story chap­ter and verse. When the op­por­tu­nity came up to buy this Boss 302, Randy, who has other clas­sic Mus­tangs in his sta­ble, had a long dis­cus­sion with his

wife and de­cided to make the pur­chase. As Randy rolled the cover off the ’69 Boss 302 this past Septem­ber, his com­ments mir­rored our re­ac­tion when he said, “When you pull the cover off this car and peo­ple see it for the first time, they ab­so­lutely can’t be­lieve it. This paint has no touchup. This is the orig­i­nal paint and orig­i­nal graph­ics.” The Aca­pulco Blue paint was in­cred­i­ble, but so were the graph­ics, which were also orig­i­nal and un­re­stored. “All we did was de­tail the out­side. We buffed the paint.”

Randy opened a door to re­veal a pris­tine Blue Vinyl (code 2B) in­te­rior that sparkled like new, as did the

The 1969 Boss 302 vin­tage drag car was a big at­ten­tion-get­ter at the 2018 Boss Na­tion­als at Boss Mo­tors in Marysville, Kansas.

PHOTO: DICK JONES

■ The Boss 302 had been parked for 38 years (1969 or 1970 to 2008) in­side a garage at the fam­ily’s home in Hous­ton, Texas.

Mod­i­fi­ca­tions done when new, ap­par­ently by the Ford dealer, in­clude a new cam, head­ers, and re­moval of smog equip­ment and rev lim­iter. In the class that this car ran in, the muf­flers had to re­main on the car but did not have to be con­nected to the en­gine.

The in­te­rior is pris­tine. The one mod­i­fi­ca­tion in­side is the Hurst shifter with T-han­dle.

PHOTO: DICK JONES

Dick Jones loaded the ’69 Boss 302 onto a flatbed in 2008. In the back­ground is the garage where the car was parked for 38 years.

The car comes with ex­ten­sive pa­per­work, in­clud­ing this win­dow sticker. The op­tional rear axle was a V-code, which is a 3.91 Trac­tion-Lok. Jus­tice had the deal­er­ship in­stall a set of 5.13s.

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