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Old meets new: Retrobuilt classic Boss 302 conversion for the S197 Mustang

By - September 28, 2010 – 7:10 am11 Comments | 28,953 views

Retrobuilt Boss 302 Mustang

For those Mustang fans that want the styling of the classic Boss 302 with the convenience and performance of the new S197 Mustang, Retrobuilt of Nixa, Missouri has a possible solution. The company will fully convert any 2005 to current Mustang to look like a 1970 Boss 302, although it’s easy to tell that the proportions aren’t quite exact. The conversion package includes fiberglass body panels plus a shaker hood assembly, 18″ custom wheels, HID headlights, authentic stainless steel trim and more.

Both fastback and convertible models are available, and the complete package is priced at $32,900 and $33,900, respectively, although that doesn’t include the price of the donor car.

Retrobuilt Boss 302 Mustang Conversion Package features:

  • Installation and Finishing of complete kit
  • Fiberglass Front Clip replacement  panels
  • Fiberglass Deck Lid replacement panel
  • Fiberglass Rear Valance replacement panel
  • Fiberglass Rear Tail Light replacement panel
  • Fiberglass over metal Door panels
  • Fiberglass over metal Rear Quarter panels
  • Custom made Stainless Steel Trim
  • Rear Window Louvers  (Fastback only)
  • Rear Deck Lid Spoiler (Fastback only/Convertible option)
  • Authentic  Steel Headlight Buckets, Metal Bumpers, Door Handles, Mirrors, Side Marker Lights
  • Custom Top Boot  (Convertible only)
  • Roll Bar (Convertible only)
  • Authentic BOSS 302 Strip kit
  • Complete Shaker Hood Assembly
  • 18” Custom Wheels
  • Performance Tires
  • Upgraded HID Headlights
  • Custom Hood Pins
  • Choice of Standard Exterior Colors

[Source: Retrobuilt]

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  • Chad says:

    this is AWESOME!!!!!!!!! I love the car!!!!!!! Would love to have one for sure. In the article it states 1970 but the picture and 4 headlight look is 69.

    great job guys though – the cars are so close to looking like a classic – this just makes it even better.

  • design61 says:

    That is horribly mis-shapen. The wheel base is not long enough for the bloated rear quarters making it look like a shriners car. Their other vehicles show the same lack of sensitivity to form and design as well. It really looks like they just took the parts off an 69-70 mustang and grafted them on to a new mustang without re porportioning anything.

    Now that I think of it, it looks like a cheap plastic molded slotcar body.

  • Rick says:

    @Chad: That’s because you’re absolutely correct, it’s not a 1970 replica. It’s bodykit is based on a 1969 Mach 1. The website where this bodykit was designed even says so.

    Had anyone done any actual fact checking in this article, this would’ve been extremely obvious.

  • Administrator says:

    @Rick – actually, the body kit is based on the Boss 302. You can see for yourself on Retrobuilt’s web site here: http://www.retrobuilt.com/boss_302.htm

    The company does have a conversion for the Mach 1, which can be found here:


  • Rick says:

    @Administrator: lol Did you even check to see if there was a page?

    There is no Boss302 page, because there is no Boss302 kit. Just LOOK at it, it’s based on a Mach1.

  • MustangsDaily says:

    There previously was a page for the Boss 302, but the company deleted it, probably due to trademark reasons. The car has now been renamed simply the “Retro Mustang GT”.

  • TOM says:

    design61 c-mon man….! the car looks awesome dude..! any TRUE mustang lover would admit it.. they have brought to life, the old with the new. awesome job retrobuilt, awesome job….!!!! bravo…! FORD MOTOR CO. should hire you guys to build them to sale. I would bet more mustangs would be sold, retro the 68,69,70,71 shelby’s and mach’s WOW.!!!! is all I can say man…!!

  • 2010gtconvcandy says:

    Well i think this retro is an awesome retro and keep in mind that the mustangs that come out of the factory will most likely all be the same except for different options, but if i had the money i would get one of these retros. just imagine that its 1970 and you can get a mustang with all the best options of different years would that not be the best ….great job !

  • Mike says:

    Looks good – but the 69 Boss 302 did not come with the rear fender fake scoops, the round rear pillar emblem or a shaker hood.

  • Mark Henely says:

    What a bunch of nimrods to the guys putting down these cars. This is obviously a well thought out, and executed conversion. Anybody that thinks different has never picked up a bunch of tools and tried to make anything like this happen. If you want the right wheelbase and correct geometry of a classic car, get a classic car! I have two concourse Mustangs, quite an undertaking to restore and maintain, a ’69 Cobra Jet and a ’71 Mach One. Both are fabulous cars, but still almost 50 year old cars built for a 7 to 10 year lifecyle. They go to plenty of shows and are fun to drive but I wouldn’t think of getting more than 25 miles from home in either of them except via enclosed trailer. We’ve also got newer cars, the wife drives an ’07 Roush Stage 3 convertible every day, and I have a 2008 Cobra Jet sitting in the garage. She puts up with the rough ride and the noise because she loves it. Mine stays put except for a couple of shows or a race or two every year. I bought a ’65 coupe to build the wife a daily driver, but even after rebuilt motor, transmission, suspension, and differential, added rack and pinion steering, disk brakes, electronic heat and air conditioning, and a digital radio system, it’s still a ’65. Nice driver but it will never match the comfort and feel of the newer models. And reliability? If you want to ride in a classic, and make a car show or two without the hassle and expense of trailering and keeping up a tow truck and trailer, this looks like a marvelous idea. Pricey? You bet, but try a concourse restoration out, and you’ll see it’s a bargin. And check out the Roush package adder. I caught one on Ebay, and I see a trip in my future to Missouri!

  • Andreas says:

    THIS is a Mustang – Ford, please redesign the front end of S 550 according to that! May be “old fashioned” to some people but other classic cars keep their old design also successfully, look at Porsches 911 (and that every Porsche looks like a 911 ;-))

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