Ford Mustang California Special Gets Updates Inside and Out


The original version, pictured below, featured a blacked-out grille, fog lamps and self-proclaimed "over-the-top" racing stripes. Ford was so impressed by one particular dealer's rendition, they put it into production in 1968 and dubbed it the California Special.

Ford has produced special edition Mustangs on a number of occasions, most recently for the 2016-17 model years.

Ford did not release pricing information for the 2019 California Special.

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5 - The 2019 GT/CS gets unique wheels with a machined face and painted pockets. Inside, it comes with synthetic suede-trimmed seats, special logos, contrasting red stitching and a script badge on the passenger-side dash. "This signature design takes its cues from the original California Special, while enhancing the personality of today's Mustang". Of course, the GT/CS will come with the revised 5.0L V8, delivering 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque along with the rest of the mechanical features of the modern Mustang GT. Now, the GT's six-speed manual transmission offers automatic rev-matching technology that predicts shifts and quickly matches engine rpms accordingly. On downshifts, the engine rpm instantly kicks up to smooth out the transition between gears. Ford has also announced the addition of an available 1,000 watt B&O Play audio system across the GT lineup. The active exhaust and start quiet modes are also included. It appeared on stage with a surviving dark Highland green. "While colors like Shadow Black and Magnetic Gray will still be popular for those who prefer to go stealth, these new colors pack a brighter, more vibrant punch for 2019".

Ford says the 2019 Mustang GT/CS models will be ready to fly down the Pacific Coast Highway this summer.