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1968 Ford Mustang California Special


The Mustang California Special is a rare, highly optioned model
The Mustang California Special is a rare, highly optioned model

A few days ago, I got a message from a friend about a car he was looking for. It was a car that I had not thought about for quite awhile, the 1968 Ford Mustang California Special. Somehow these often overlooked pony cars are still affordable, having not experienced the run up in price that has happened to every other classic Mustang.

The Pick of the Day is a 1968 Ford Mustang California Special in Seafood Green with a Gold Ivory interior. Located in Miami, its options include GT Cyclone Wheels, Shelby style hood with hood locks, fiberglass Shelby-style side scoops, Shelby-style trunk lid with spoiler, blacked out grille with fog lamps, and racing-style fuel cap.

Just 4,118 California Specials were produced by Ford
Just 4,118 California Specials were produced by Ford

The California Special also has power steering, AM/FM radio, seats belts and handling package, according to the listing on ClassicCars.com.

The California Special is truly a special Mustang model, developed by request for Ford dealers in California to help Mustang to compete with the newly released Pony cars from Chevy, Pontiac, Dodge, Chrysler and AMC.

For designers took the idea of a notchback Shelby Mustang concept car called Little Red and built a Cal with such options as the hood with quick releases, the rear trunk lid with spoiler, fiberglass side scoops, Thunderbird tail light assembly like the GT350 and BT500, and blacked out grille with driving lamps.

The California Special was built for one year, with a total of only 4,118, including 251 that were labeled High Country Specials for Colorado dealers.

These cars represent what has to be the best deal on a limited production Mustang available today, largely because few people know they exist. The asking price only $28,900 or best offer puts it in the same price category of a standard Mustang GT, making it look like an amazing buy.

So if you can’t afford a Shelby, like many people out there, and still want a special Mustang, you might want to consider a California Special. My advice to the friend was to buy the one he was looking at.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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