If you're thinking in the back of your head, "why can't I get lucky with a barn find", you're not alone, but there's still hope, as proved by the following story of a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Fastback that was found hiding in a New Hampshire barn, some four decades after its owner abandoned it there.
The Acapulco Blue-colored V8 pony car was left in the barn after its second owner, who purchased the Mustang from the original buyer in 1971, had a crash-encounter with a fire-hydrant and subsequently lost his license and interest for the car sometime in the mid-1970s.
As pointed out by Autos-Yahoo that found the Boss 302 listed for sale on eBay, in one of the photos, there's an oil-change sticker on the door sills from 1973, which could very well be the last year the car was used.
The eBay seller found the car last summer and has now listed the matching-numbers Mustang Boss 302 for auction, with the highest bid currently standing at US $68,600, with some 7 hours left to go at the time we wrote this post.
eBay Seller's Description:
"A perfect way to start the New Year with a barn find that is an absolute time capsule and one of the most sought after Muscle Cars. This Boss survivor was just removed from a barn on the east coast where it was hiding for the past 30+ years. It has been under the same ownership for 42 years after it was purchased from the original owner in 1971. Fully documented, Numbers Matching born in engine, real deal, Marti Report and even the newspaper ad the original owner placed.
There are only 43,002 miles on the Acapulco Blue Ford. It features the original, factory installed Black Clarion Knit Vinyl Hi-Back Bucket Seat Interior and is equipped with the Original Boss 302-4V Engine, Four Speed Close Ratio Manual Transmission, 3.91 Traction-Lok Rear Axle, F60x15 Belted Tires w/ Raised White Letters, Rear Deck Spoiler, Sport Deck Rear Seats, Power Front Disc Brakes, Power Steering, AM Radio, Color Keyed Racing Mirrors and Tachometer.
After lowering the car off of the jack stands and carefully removing the Boss 302 from the barn, the car was then transported back to Valenti Classics, which is a restoration and service facility. After admiring this magnificent piece the spark plugs were removed, cylinders were lubricated and the engine was turned over by hand. A battery was temporarily installed to test the electrical system, interior lights came on once the doors opened, dash and exterior lights functioned and engine turned over. The Acapulco Blue paint is the original finish that was sprayed on at Ford with the exception of the left front fender, which was refinished and blended into the door in the early 70’s. This was the result of the owner trying to avoid capture and meeting a fire hydrant. Subsequently he was captured, lost his license and the car was parked.
The original Ford dealer that sold this Boss was Main Line Motors in Devon, PA and they sold it to a Mr. Tompkins of Villanova, PA on 9/17/69. Mr. Tompkins sold the car to the Seger's of Concord, NH on 5/1/71 and the car remained under their ownership and in NH until 7/31/2013. We have copies of the bill of sale, envelopes from coming from the original owner to the Seger's as well as a copy of the newspaper ad Mr. Tompkins placed in 1971."