In 1969, Ford introduced the Boss version of the Mustang. Ford actually manufactured two cars under the Boss moniker – the 302 and 429 editions. For our money, the Boss 429 is the superior car. As the name suggests, the engine shoehorned into this 1969 Mustang was a 429-cubic inch big block V8 capable of producing 375 horsepower and torque to spare. The Boss 302, which came out at the same time, was equipped with a smaller engine and the exterior removed any unneeded body cladding and added a front lip spoiler. While some people initially preferred the Boss 302, history has pushed the 429 to the top of the heap. Today, the Mustang Boss 429 is prized by automotive collectors and historians. Many people consider this car to be the ultimate Mustang, praising its style, power, and performance, but there’s one other model that arguably outpaces it …
1. 1965 Shelby GT 350
And the top prize for best Mustang ever goes to the 1965 Shelby GT 350, which is widely viewed as the very best ‘Stang ever produced. Manufactured only a year after the very first Mustang rolled off the assembly line in Detroit, Shelby and Ford combined forces to create a raw, performance-based version of the car. Using the Mustang’s 289-cubic inch V8 engine, the engineers at Ford and Shelby tweaked the power plant to produce a then mind-melting 306 horsepower. The 1965 Shelby also removed the pesky rear seats; a move that, at the time, was considered revolutionary.
A GT 350R variant was used for racing and track events, and versions of the GT 350 would continue to be produced until 1970, but none would be as awesome as the original 1965 model. For 2016, Ford brought back the GT 350 and GT 350R nameplates. The current models aim to live up to the legend with 5.2-liter V8 engines producing 526 horsepower, but it is the original 1965 Shelby GT 350 that goes down in the history books as the top Mustang to date. It is a legendary car that has set itself apart from the competition.