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10-11 March 2017

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Lot 242

1969 Tasca-Ford Mustang Boss 302 Trans Am "Metuchen Special"

$375,000 - $425,000


Please note that this lot is offered on a Bill of Sale.

Est. 500 bhp, 302 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine with two sandcast Holley Dominator four-barrel carburetors, race-prepared Toploader four-speed close-ratio manual transmission, Ford 9-inch 31-spline Detroit Locker rear end, Trans Am-specification front and rear suspension with Watts linkage, front and rear sway bars, and Koni double adjustable shock absorbers, and four-wheel oversized Lincoln disc brakes. Wheelbase: 108 in.

  • Rare Tasca-Ford Boss 302 Trans Am
  • Known as the “Metuchen Special”
  • Raced by Dean Gregson in period
  • Presented in its 1969 season livery


Tasca Ford was known for its heavy involvement and innovation with Ford Performance during the 1960s with an emphasis on street and strip racing. However, not many people are aware that Tasca was also involved in the very popular Trans Am road race series that had taken the country by storm in the late-1960s. With the piloting skills of Dean Gregson, their Performance Sales Manager, Tasca, stuck their toe in the water during the 1968 season with a Mustang prepared by fabricator Hank Fournier.

With the introduction of the Boss 302 for the 1969 season, Tasca had so much pull with Ford that they quite literally stopped the presses at the Metuchen Plant in New Jersey while they turned out a red ’69 Boss 302 built to their specifications. Interestingly, it was delivered with no serial numbers, only a door tag that simply noted “Special Unit,” with “No Sealer” and “No Deadner” [sic]. Dubbing the car “Metuchen Special,” Dean’s first outing in the Mustang was at Michigan International Raceway in May 1969. From here he put together a string of nine Trans Am races spanning into 1972. After that time, the driving duties we taken over by Hank Fournier to compete in regional events until the car’s professional retirement sometime in the 1970s.

Virtually untouched since that time, it changed ownership one or two times until it landed in the hands of Mustang enthusiast Chris Messler from New York. Honoring the heritage of the Tasca Boss, Messler left the car in its final 1970-period configuration while enjoying it occasionally at track and show events for over two decades. It was not until December 2014 that it was acquired by a well-known competition Mustang restorer and subsequently sold to the current owner, an Australian motorsport enthusiast. Having been out of the limelight for some time, the Boss 302 has just recently returned to the historic Trans Am scene, including recent outings at Sebring and the Monterey Historics in 2016.

Today, the “Metuchen Special” still sports all of its original sheet metal and has proudly been returned back to its 1969 Dean Gregson livery for Trans Am enthusiasts, historians, and spectators alike to enjoy. It presents a rare opportunity to acquire such an original Trans Am Boss 302, with known ownership history, that is ready to participate in the historic Trans Am series that remains so popular throughout the nation.

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

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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

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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

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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

David Swig

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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

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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

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Florida, United States

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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

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Kurt Forry

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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