Growing up my father always had some kind of muscular Ford in the driveway. Therefore it was quite natural that as a 13 year old boy in 1975 I was completely mesmerized by a Grabber Blue 1970 BOSS 302 Mustang that was for sale in my neighborhood. Despite saving my grass-cutting money and selling my dirt bike, any plans that I had for that car were dashed when my father announced to us that he was being stationed at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. By the time that we returned to the U.S. five years later I had acquired a 1970 Duster 340 (which was purchased in Okinawa, shipped back, and I still own today) and had become a bit of a MoPar afficianado, although I have always thought of myself as a Car Guy first, and a MoPar Guy second. But no matter what vehicles were out in the toy box (I currently have eight pre-1975 cars of various makes) I never forgot about that BOSS 302.
Fast forward to 2012 and Ford has reintroduced the BOSS 302, paying careful attention to build a car worthy of the name of a true automotive legend. Everything that I read or saw (SPEED TV documentary anyone?) told me that it was time to make up for opportunites lost. After arming myself with as much info as possible about reasonable selling prices I finally closed a deal with a dealer in Cleveland, GA – some 400+ miles away from my home in Tampa Bay. My wife and I made the drive up in my 2010 Ranger, traded it in, and took delivery of “Lucy”, my Race Red 2012 BOSS 302 on St. Patrick’s Day. A better car I have never owned and I could not be happier with my purchase. But the story does not end there…
While finishing the paperwork and waiting for the final prep to be done on my car my wife had spotted a gorgeous white & red 2012 Shelby Mustang GT500 sitting on the showroom floor. I simply could not keep her out of it the entire time that we were there! She even had pictures taken of her in the car. Once we left I assumed that all of the talk about the Shelby would die down. IT DID NOT. About 2 weeks later the dealership called to make sure that everything was going well with my car and that I was completely happy. After assuring them that all was well in my world, I asked about the Shelby. They still had it, so we started crunching numbers. Once I was convinced it was doable, I asked my wife how serious she was about this car. When she again lit up while talking about the car, I told her “We can do this.” Opting not make the trek on Easter weekend, we waited and again headed north the following weekend and took delivery of “Peppermint Patty”, my wife’s pride and joy. Initially she was not crazy about the name I proposed, but she later conceded that given the car’s colors it kind of seemed to be a natural fit. LOL
It would be hard to put into words how much pleasure we get from these two wonderful Mustangs – which are used as our daily drivers. I have attached a photo of both of them and hope that you all enjoy them as much as we do.