15-16 January 2015

Previous Next

Lot 127

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Kar Kraft Trans Am

  • BME no. 4

Sold for $200,000

460 hp, 302 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine with a Holley four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with upper A-arms, lower transverse arms with drag struts, coil springs, tube shocks, and an anti-roll bar, rear live axle suspension with multi-leaf springs, upper trailing arms, Watts link, and an anti-roll bar, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 108 in.

  • The final Kar Kraft Bud Moore Boss 302 Trans Am racer
  • Completed under the supervision of Bud Moore and sons to 1971 BME specifications
  • Certificate of Authenticity signed by Bud Moore
  • Eligible for HSR/SVRA events and a FIA Historic Technical Passport


“The 1970 season was the year that all of the stars would finally fall on the Trans Am series. With a serious racing effort from all four major automotive manufacturers—Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, and American Motors—and their backing of top-notch teams running Mustangs, Camaros, Javelins, Dodge Challengers, Plymouth Barracudas, and Pontiac Firebirds, the entry list was a spectator’s dream. With the factory teams fighting to contract the best available driving talent—including Parnelli Jones, George Follmer, Mark Donohue, Peter Revson, Sam Posey, Jim Hall, Ed Leslie, Vic Elford, Dan Gurney, Swede Savage, and Jerry Titus—it was truly a year in which at least 11 to 15 different drivers could potentially win any race on the 12-race schedule.” - Dave Friedman, Trans-Am: The Pony Car Wars, 1966–1972

Bud Moore Engineering became involved in the Trans Am series in 1967 with Lincoln-Mercury and the newly introduced Cougar model. Thanks to Moore’s long-time experience as a NASCAR crew chief and team owner, it was a natural connection. The two-car Cougar team under Moore’s leadership came within two points of winning the manufacturer’s championship. Unfortunately, the Mercury program lasted only one year, as Ford realized that its two teams (Mustang and Mercury) were equally competitive and running both was not cost effective. This success, however, led to the Ford Motor Company’s support, with Kar Kraft supplying Mustang Boss 302s for the 1969–1971 seasons.

With the intention of supporting a winning effort for 1969, Bud Moore was brought back to form a team that was based on the Boss 302, and he pulled out all stops by hiring Parnelli Jones and George Follmer as drivers. The 1969 season would become the hardest fought in the series’ first four years. The Bud Moore Mustangs, driven by Jones and Follmer, and the Penske Sunoco Camaros, driven by Mark Donohue, Ronnie Bucknum, and Ed Leslie, brought out record crowds, causing the series to be vaulted to instant stardom and resulting in some of the most anticipated races on the North American calendar. But alas, by the end of the season, Chevrolet won its second manufacturer’s championship in a row.

However, things changed in 1970. Penske (and his drivers) switched to AMC Javelins, and the remaining factory-supported Chevrolet teams were managed by Jim Hall. Fords, which were arguably the fastest cars in Trans Am, were further dialed in for 1970, with further development being made to the initial Boss 302 Mustang configuration. Bud Moore’s Ford Mustang team fought hard and emerged as the victors of the Trans Am Manufacturer’s Championship in 1970.

Bud Moore Engineering had been first provided with four serialized Mustangs by Kar Kraft in 1969, along with three more for 1970. At the end of 1970, in preparation for 1971 competition, Kar Kraft provided four additional “bodies in white,” identified as chassis numbers 1-1971–4-1971. Once in possession of Bud Moore Engineering, these last cars were christened BME 1–4 and have been identified as such ever since. As the 1971 season approached, the Ford Motor Company discontinued support for the Trans Am program. Bud Moore Engineering ran a shortened schedule, using two of the four “bodies in white” that were previously provided.


Due to the truncated season, chassis number 4-1971 (BME number 4) was never completed in period and had passed through a series of owners, all of whom are documented, until it was acquired by its current owners in December 2008. They also acquired a majority of the original Trans Am components that were required to finish the car. One of the owners recounts the following story: “The excitement in finding and obtaining the last Bud Moore Kar Kraft Boss 302 Trans Am Mustang has turned out to be only a chapter and not the book. Immediately, the question came to mind, ‘How to finish what Kar Kraft and Mr. Moore had started 40 years ago?’ The significant historical nature of this last car led to contact with Bud and Greg Moore and the soliciting of their opinion. Without hesitation, they said, ‘Finish it.’ When asked if they would guide the project, their response was a resounding yes!” It was decided that the car would be completed precisely as they would have done it back in 1971, had they pressed it into service. The result of this effort by the owners and Phoenix area restorer Phil Roberts is what Bud, Greg, and Daryl Moore wanted this last car to look and perform like.

There is only one “last” Bud Moore Trans Am Boss 302, and today, it is essentially as fresh as when delivered to BME, but it is now completed for the current owners and has never been raced. One of the owners elaborates: “Of the eleven Bud Moore Mustangs, it appears that the last two were not completed by Bud Moore or raced in Trans Am back in period, with only mine left unfinished until now. Over a period of approximately five years, under the direct supervision of Bud Moore and his sons, chassis number 4-1971 was built to accurate 1971-specification BME 4 form, with the upgrade including the installation of Bud’s notorious, specially engineered heads for the engine. Moore has since authenticated the car and the build (a certificate is included). In addition, Moore was insistent that the car be liveried with his championship colors and numbered with his famous ‘15.’”

A piece of history heretofore unfinished is now complete and ready to come alive at vintage events, where it will entertain not only those of us who remember the Trans Am series but also a new generation of fans. As the car has been built to original period specification, it is properly configured to run in HSR/SVRA and is eligible for a FIA Historic Technical Passport, opening the door to European racing events as well.

Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase an incredible slice of history from one of the greatest epochs in American racing, one that is being offered for the first time ever as a completed car, just as Bud Moore intended.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

Cameron Smyth

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Cameron Smyth joined RM Sotheby’s as a Car Specialist in 2015, working out of our corporate office and providing assistance on c... read more

David Swig

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more