1970 Mustang Boss 302 lost in British Columbia
The late 1970s and early 1980s were an interesting time in the history of the muscle car. High-end muscle like Shelby GT500s, Hemi Daytonas, and LS6 Chevelles had just begun their ascension into what would become stratospheric pricing. However, mid-level muscle had yet to begin the trend upwards. For Kelly Cartwright of Vancouver, British Columbia, the timing was perfect for culminating his youthful dream: owning a Boss 302.
Evolving Mustang Ownership
Kelly’s ascension to Boss 302 ownership was not dissimilar to a lot of us. First there was a 1966 coupe, followed by a 1967 coupe with a 271 HP, and finally a 1969 GT coupe with a 351 4-speed. Each step up saw a bump in cubic inches and horsepower. Each subsequent Mustang kept feeling like he was tracking toward that ultimate goal of Boss 302 ownership.
One spring day in 1982 Kelly was cruising on King George Highway in Surrey on his way to Westminster when he spotted it. We’ve all had that feeling when your dream car hits your eyes for the first time. In a flash. he pulled into the used-car lot to have a look at the Bright Yellow 1970 Boss 302. It was everything he ever wanted—spoiler, slats, and a set of 3.91s out back. In no time, Kelly was talking with the lot attendant and securing the purchase of the Mustang for the ripe sum of $6,900.
One of the first things Kelly had done was to have the car repainted. A fresh, new coat of Bright Yellow was laid down on the Mustang and Kelly took it upon himself to reapply the Boss striping. The careful reapplication of the stripes came out perfectly. With the Boss looking virtually brand-new. Kelly really started enjoying cruising in the Mustang with his friends, as any 20-year-old youngster is wont to do.
A Strange Road Race
One night Kelly was cruising around town when a fellow in a second-generation Trans Am pulled alongside. Kelly willingly accepted the head-nod invitation, and both mashed the gas with the Boss pulling away at ease. Kelly thought nothing more of the race and continued his evening out in the Mustang.
A few hours later, a third-generation Corvette eagerly sped up from behind. As Kelly glanced over, he couldn’t believe his eyes: The Trans Am owner had returned! With a look of aggression and anticipation, Trans Am/Corvette guy peered over and gave an antagonistic nod looking to settle the score. With that, both cars hammered down and just like before, the Boss 302 began pulling away, though this time there wasn’t a conceding lift.
The guy in the Corvette pulled in behind Kelly and kept his foot to the floor. Kelly had no choice but to keep the hammer down and work on gapping the Corvette. Through some evasive driving the Trans Am homologation machine started carving through side roads as the Corvette’s piercing headlights turned into a faded dim beacon. Kelly thought better of having one more go down Fraser Highway as his foe’s next mount might just be a tank!
The Fateful Sale
Kelly continued enjoying his Mustang over much of the next year when out of nowhere he got an itch to sell. He listed the Boss in the local paper and a new buyer from Vancouver Island came to the mainland and purchased the car. Maybe there was nothing left to do after owning his dream car, but as soon as the car pulled out of the driveway he started getting seller’s remorse.
And now it’s been that way for the better part of 35 years! Through the years, Kelly has followed up on virtually every Boss 302 for sale hoping to come across his old Mustang. Rumors persist that it still may be on Vancouver Island. Here’s where we need your help.
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