The Ford Mustang was an instant smash hit when it was launched in 1964 and enjoyed a few years of unmatched sales as GM scrambled to create the Camaro and Chrysler did whatever Chrysler did back in those days. With the upcoming release of competitor pony cars, the California Ford dealers (who were responsible for as much as 20% of sales nationwide) pushed Dearborn for their own special Mustang to boost sales. The result was a Shelby GT-500 inspired coupe that was designed and engineered by Shelby Autmotive and is a pricey classic today, most of the time. Find this 1968 Ford Mustang GT/CS California Special offered for $8750 in Amelia, OH via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The GT/CS California Special is about the coolest notchback classic Mustang you can find and the prices of good examples reflect this reality. A nice example (non numbers matching) will go for around $20k like this one here on eBay so the above restoration candidate could be a good deal if you can do most of your own work.
The special part of the California Special wasn't under the hood, as you could get it with any of the standard Mustang coupe engine/transmission options. What made the GT/CS unique were the Machal or Lucas fog lamps, DZUS hood pins, fiberglass scoops & rear deck spoiler, '65 T-bird tailights, stripes, and a pop-open gas cap.
This GT/CS is going to need some significant restoration, but the good news is that all of the parts are available from any number of online Mustang parts suppliers. New seats, new door handles, new engine, new transmission, new sheet metal -- you can even get entire new bodies for classic Mustangs.
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