Briefly produced 1968 Mustang California Special coupe

Briefly produced 1968 Mustang California Special coupe

The Pick of the Day is an original example of the special-edition package

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 result was the 1968 Ford Mustang California Special, a cosmetic and options package developed by Shelby Automotive and based on Shelby’s famed GT500 concept car named Little Red

The Special has a rear deck scoop and Thunderbird taillights

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  “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.

A 4-barrel 302cid V8 provides the power

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.

The interior looks to be in good condition

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

The asking price is $29,900, which seems like a fair deal for this piece of Mustang history.

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


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  • Laird Ross
    May 30, 2019, 6:23 AM

    This is the same car that sold at Mecum Phoenix last March for $18,700. Looks like this dealer is ambitious in his asking price. Nice HPOF candidate, but to drive this car, it will need every inch touched. One to inspect in person for sure.

    • Mike Paull@Laird Ross
      May 30, 2019, 8:43 AM

      Yes, obviously a California dealer. Asking 30k for a 20k car is no surprise. I do remember these California special Mustangs. They were a "cute" option but, not a performance car at all.

      • Wayne Langley@Mike Paull
        May 30, 2019, 2:34 PM

        I’ve seen a few of these start at 30K. I suppose they want a lot of wiggle room.

    • danny jones@Laird Ross
      May 30, 2019, 9:50 AM

      Laird, did you see the car in person and what did you think about it?

      • Laird Ross@danny jones
        May 30, 2019, 8:00 PM

        I did see the car in person, studied it for a bit with the original intention of bidding on it. I saw it as a 15-17,000 car given that Nothing has been touched on the car. If you restore one part, welcome to an expensive rabbit hole. Will be a great car to study and preserve, but there was rust on it, and it was well worn.

        • Wayne Culp@Laird Ross
          June 24, 2019, 8:33 AM

          Assume this car is still available since it still shows on line. Baird Ross comment is "right on". The only car I ever purchased w/o personal inspection was a classic about 5 years ago and it was guaranteed "rust free". Obviously the reason for my comment is that it did have rust when it arrived and the guarantee was not upheld. Never buy a car with rust as we all know it is a cancer and will soon need expensive body and paint work. I do not live on the West coast but thought California cars were usually rust free…….guess not. Also believe the car is way overpriced.


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