Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca Limited Edition
Ford Designer Melvin Betancourt created a one-of-a-kind 2012 Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca for auction at a charity event to benefit cardiovascular care, research and education at the Henry Ford Health System. He says it was a labor of love that came straight from the heart.
2012 Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca: One of a kind , Betancourt says his goal in customizing the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca was to create a vehicle that would attract the highest bids from car collectors and ultimately the most money for heart research and education at Henry Ford Health System.
“Everybody knows the School Bus Yellow Boss 302 that Parnelli Jones drove to victory in the 1970 Trans-Am Championship, so we decided to pay homage to that vehicle and do a modern version of the 1970 Mustang that he drove,” said Betancourt.
The 2012 Boss 302 was painted the iconic yellow color at the AutoAlliance International (AAI) plant in Flat Rock, Mich., where all of Ford’s Mustangs are built.
“The fact that the car was built and painted at the AAI plant gives it more credibility as a one-off Ford vehicle,” explained Betancourt.
Instead of using decals like they did in 1970, Betancourt painted all of the black Laguna Seca graphics on the car, which include “hockey-stick” stripes along the sides, Parnelli Jones’ No. 15 on the doors and Jones’ name on the side rails.
“I approached the project from a car collector’s perspective,” said Betancourt. “I asked myself what would happen if they took me from today, put me back in 1970 and asked me to design a car for Parnelli Jones.”
Parnelli Jones signed the car at the “Get Your Heart Racing” event, enhancing its value even more as a collector’s item.
“Get Your Heart Racing” to fight heart disease. Ford Motor Company and Henry Ford Health System teamed up to fight heart disease by presenting the “Get Your Heart Racing” benefit which took place Saturday, Oct. 15, on Ford grounds in Dearborn.
Tanner Foust, host of Top Gear on the History Channel and an award-winning professional driver – including three X Games gold medals and two Formula Drift national championships – drove three guests chosen in a drawing on the Ford test track.
Parnelli Jones, winner of dozens of races over more than two decades including the Indianapolis 500, attended the Winner’s Circle Afterglow. Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally was also on hand to welcome guests.
The highlight of the evening was the live auction of this one-of-one 2012 Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca.
Source: Ford press