I have always loved Mustangs. From my best friends mother's red convertible when we were little to my neighbor's 1968 Shelby (lucky him, he actually owned 2 over time), I was hooked on Mustangs. Since 1980, between my wife and me, we have owned at least 1 Mustang. For 21 of those years, we have owned 2 at the same time. Right now, my wife owns a red 1988 LX 5.0 Convertible.
I bought my first Mustang in 1980. It was a 1971 Mach 1. I told my wife that I would only sell it for a Selby or Boss Mustang. Back in the early to mid-80's, a friend owned a 1971 Boss 351. I loved that car. I even had my Mach 1's hood painted like a 1971 Boss. After owning my Mach 1 for 28 years and part of the way through its restoration, I came across a 1971 Boss 351 Mustang for sale about 50 miles from my house for a very reasonable price on CARS.COM while looking for a car for one of my daughters. After doing some calculations, I determined that it would cost me just as much to finish restoring my Mach 1 than to buy the Boss and sell my old Mach 1.
My wife and I went and looked at the car. With many scams out there, I checked very possible part number as well as VIN to make sure that it was a true Boss 351. On July 1, 2008, I bought the car of my dreams a red 1971 Boss 351 Mustang. I am the second official registered owner (the person I bought it from did not register the car). I am trying to find the original owner to find out the history of the car. With only 1806 Boss 351s made in 1971 and only 591 known survivors in the Boss 351 registry, it is very rare to see them on the road. It gets looks everywhere we go. After going through the car and checking part numbers, I had bought a true numbers matching car. It is a very solid Boss 351 with 90,000 miles on it with all of its major parts still on the car. I even found out that it had the original alternator on the car. I have since sent the alternator and rev limiter out and had them restored. The only parts missing from the car to make it exactly as it came off the showroom floor are the carburetor and the steel wheels with the caps and rings. While these are very rare, I have started to collect he caps and rings.
This car will be part of our family and passed down to our children. It is truly the BOSS.