Ford developed one of its first Mustang special editions by tapping into a vibrant California automotive market, as well as the pop culture emphasis on all things West Coast.
The Pick of the Day is a “very original” example of the California Special, of which just 4,118 were built for less than six months during the 1968 model year, most of them sold in their namesake state of California. This one is finished in the classic combination for the package of Lime Gold with a Parchment vinyl roof and Ivy Gold interior.
“This is a numbers-matching example still equipped with its VIN stamped original engine,” according to the Irvine, California, dealer advertising the coupe on ClassicCars.com. “Equipped from new with the J Code 302ci V8 with a 4bbl carburetor, a C4 Automatic transmission, power steering, power disc brakes, factory air-conditioning, AM radio, tinted glass, and the argent styled steel wheels.
“The car comes with a deluxe Marti report, and the original owner warranty card. It is an excellent candidate to restore or to simply preserve and drive it as is. It runs and drives very nicely and is solid example.”
Although California Specials were developed alongside Carroll Shelby’s Mustang-based GT350 and GT500, they had very little in common with those iconic performance machines. Still, they are rare and attractive variations of the basic factory Mustang and command a premium in the collector car market.
Among the special features of the GT/CS package were grille-mounted fog lights, hood pins, unique rear fiberglass decklid with spoiler and end caps, 1965 Thunderbird taillights, side scoops, side stripes, pop-open gas cap and California Special script lettering on its rear side panels.
This car looks good in the gallery of photos with the ad. The photos also show the 5-digit odometer reading 6,805 miles, which is most likely inaccurate or a 100,000-mile-plus rollover. The dealer makes no special mention in the listing of the mileage, which would be unusual indeed and definitely worth crowing about.
The asking price is $29,900, which seems like a fair deal for this piece of Mustang history.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.