The very rare Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca 2012 model has got an interesting story behind it. This particular Mustang is a proud creation of Melvin Betancourt (Ford Designer), which will be auctioned at an approaching charity event. Interestingly, the said charity event is for the benefit of Henry Ford’s Health System for education, research and cardiovascular care. Here’s why. Not known to many, but eleven years before, the Ford Designer suffered a severe heart problem. Betancourt described the one-off Mustang Laguna Seca as something that he made “straight from the heart.” He even referred to it as “labor of love” because he wanted to thank the doctors at Henry Ford’s cardiovascular unit for giving him a second chance to live.
Betancourt narrated the time that he went for a visit (to the doctor) and thought that he only had a bad case of flu. Apparently, the specialists told him that he has a tear in the major blood vessel (a.k.a. Aortic dissection). This problem led to the abnormal growth of his aorta that’s why all at once, he was subjected to an open-heart surgery to save his life.
During the talks, Betancourt also stressed the importance of early detection because the same type of heart problem usually causes sudden death. He remembered how the doctors at Henry Ford warned him how almost anything (i.e. sleeping, straining) could trigger the aorta to burst. Good thing, the heart surgeons at the Henry Ford Hospital did a great job in fixing his heart. Nevertheless, he knows the implications of high-risk surgery that’s why he couldn’t thank these people enough for the positive outcome of the procedure.
Meanwhile, the 49-year-old Ford Designer also explained his objective in customising the Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca. He said that he wanted to make a car that would get the highest bids so he could donate the money to Henry Ford Health System’s cardiovascular research and education Programme.
In line with this, Betancourt also pays tribute to the “School Bus Yellow” 1970 Mustang Boss 302 which won Parnelli Jones the Trans-Am Championship. In fact, this is the same reason why he used the identical vibrant shade of yellow on the limited to one model. Besides, the new Boss 302 was also painted in the home of Mustangs. The AAI plant in Flat Rock, Michigan is the only place in the world where the Ford Mustang is manufactured and produced.
Of course, Betancourt knew how this adds more authenticity to the extraordinary vehicle he designed. He also used black graphical statements all over the limited edition Mustang. The designer painted the Boss 302 with the iconic “hockey-stick” stripes with Parnelli Jones’ surname and No. 15 drawn at the doors and side rails. Betancourt thinks that this kind of approach would entice car collectors especially those who knew the racecar driver back in the ’70s.
As a matter of fact, Jones himself would sign the car to increase its value. For those who are interested, the signing will take place at the “Get Your Hear Racing” event, so be there when it happens.