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1968 California Special Mustang


California Special

There was a quantity of 4118 California Special (GT/CS) hardtops built in 1968. They had the same rear taillight panels and spoiler as the Shelby, fiberglass side scoops, stripes, blacked out grille, fog lights, hood locks, but did not come standard with the 1968 GT options package although 8 percent were ordered with a subset of them. All GT California Specials were built at the San Jose assembly plant and were offered with any engine and paint combination.

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Royal Maroon California Special
Royal Maroon 1968 Mustang GT California Special hardtop owned by Don Potter from Ohio. This was our featured Attitude Of The Week for March 2nd, 2008. Don has this extra information to share, "The car was found on the internet and purchased February 2004 from an exotic car dealer in the Seattle, Washington area. The photos I received with car indicated that the body work and paint were done in September 1997 and is still in very good shape. The engine bay and engine along with interior and floor pans were in pretty sad shape. The mileage at time of purchase was 54,243. Once the engine and tranny was pulled, the undercarriage was inspected completely. We found several modifications that led me to believe car had been extensively drag raced at one time. The right rear shock housing was pushed up and split in three areas. The trans linkage, clutch bracket and shifter had been modified. Since my purchase, the following work has been completed: interior gutted and replaced, dash repainted correct color and all dash pieces replaced, factory console replaced with a humphugger console, factory shifter replaced with a Hurst shifter, electrical gauges replaced with mechanical gauges, 390 engine replaced with a 428 Cobra Jet engine, grille replaced with correct GT/CS grille and Marchal fog lights, front and rear bumpers replaced, engine bay detailed, rearend rebuilt with new axles and 325:1 Posi w/traction bars, GT pop-open gas cap added, standard LED sequential tail lights from Mustang Project, and the driver's side floor pan and passenger side floor pans replaced along with left front torque box."

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Gulfstream Aqua Blue California Special
Gulfstream Aqua 1968 Mustang GT/CS California Special hardtop owned by Arlie Moses and now Shane Mills. This was our featured Attitude Of The Week photo for 6-15-08. Options include the C-code 289ci V8 engine, C4 transmission, 3.00 open rear, air conditioning, power steering, and power disc brakes.

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Presidential Blue California Special
This beautiful Presidential Blue 1968 Mustang GT/CS with a 289ci V8 was our Attitude Of The Week for April 5th, 2009. Arlie says that this was a 2008 Christmas present to myself. Only 155 California Specials built with 289 & 4-speed. Still has the original 8-track player and smog equipment. Arlie also has a Gulfstream Aqua 1968 GT/CS which was our Attitude Of The Week for 6-15-08 and December of our 2009 calendar.

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Candy Apple Red California Special
Candy Apple Red Mustang GT/CS with 230 hp (302 cubic inch) 4 barrel, V8 engine. The CS stands for California Special which included a Shelby style decklid with a spoiler, sequential taillights, and a blacked-out grille with out Mustang identification. The GT was also missing from the normal GT wheelcovers. A similar option package was available in Colorado called the High Country Special.

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Acapulco Blue California Special
Acapulco Blue 1968 Mustang GT California Special. This car was originally Lime Gold with a gold interior, but it is an original California Special model. The California Special included a front grille with no horse or other emblem, Marchal or Lucas fog lights (this one has Lucas fog lamps), competition style hood locks/pins, turn signals integrated in the hood, Shelby style side scoops, GT/CS Striping and California special script, fiberglass trunk lid and extensions (same as the Shelby convertible), horizontal tail lights (same as 65 Thunderbird and 68 Shelby), pop off gas cap, and plain GT wheel covers (although this one has GT wheel covers).

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Lime Gold Green California Special
This Lime Gold 1968 Mustang GT California Special hardtop was our Attitude Of The Week for December 1st, 2007. The California Special options group included a Shelby style decklid with a spoiler, unique taillights, and a blacked-out grille with out Mustang identification. In the CS option the GT was purposely missing from the normal GT wheelcovers. A similar option package was available in Colorado called the High Country Special.

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Raven Black California Special
This 1968 California Special Mustang GT is owned by Amy Moores of Washington and is our Attitude Of The Week for the week starting May 15th, 2011. We photographed Amy's car at the 2011 Spring Mustang and Cougar car show sponsored by the North Olympic Mustangs and Cougar club in Port Angeles, Washington. Also check out the Ford designed GT/CS newspaper advertisement we just found looking though tons of newspapers.

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Highland Green California Special
This is a Highland Green 1968 Mustang California Special hardtop. They are also called GT/CS cars. Steve McQueen drove a Highland Green 1968 Mustang GT fastback in the movie Bullitt. This one is an original code-R Highland Green Mustang, with code 2A black interior, date code 29C March 29th 1968 build, ordered by code-71 Los Angeles district, code-2 rear end with 2.79 gears, and a code-W C-4 automatic.

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Highland Green California Special
Highland Green 1968 GT California Special hardtop with Argent style GT wheels, black vinyl top, metal rocker panel trim, fog lamps, side scoops, GT/CS side stripe and graphics, and an emblem-less front grille. This photo is available in two wallpaper sizes; 1024-768 wallpaper and 2400-1600 wallpaper.

Brittany Blue California Special
Brittany Blue 1968 Mustang GT California Special white vinyl hardtop with all the GT options of fog lamps, grille emblem delete, GT Argent styled steel wheels, hood pins, louvered hood; and the California special options of a GTCS side stripe and rear fender lettering. This car has its original 289 cubic inch V8 engine.

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Candy Apple Red California Special
A beautiful Candy Apple Red 1968 Mustang GT/CS hardtop with black vinyl roof, argent styled steel GT wheels, Lucas fog lamps with covers, GT/CS side stripe, side scoop, hood pins, metal rocker panel trim, hood vents, and passenger side mirror.

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Acapulco Blue California Special
Acapulco Blue 1968 Mustang GT/CS hardtop with argent styled steel GT wheels, white GT/CS side stripe and lettering, California Special rear letters, metal rocker panel trim, and aftermarket vented hood.

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Candyapple Red California Special
Candyapple Red 1968 Mustang GT California Special convertible owned by Hannes Streng from Germany. This is our featured Attitude Of The Week for the week starting April 26, 2015. Hannes adds, "This is one of the very few 1968 California Special convertibles; it's in condition 2 (which is also quite rare to find). I bought it for my son Fritz - it will be his first vehicle."

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Acapulco Blue California Special
Acapulco Blue 1968 Mustang GT/CS hardtop with Argent styled steel non-GT wheels, fog lamps, white GT/CS side stripe and lettering, California Special rear letters, metal rocker panel trim, vented hood, blue vinyl interior, and a 289ci V8 engine.

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Wimbledon White California Special
Wimbledon White 1968 Mustang GT/CS hardtop with argent styled steel wheels, black GT/CS side stripe and lettering, California Special rear letters, metal rocker panel trim, vented hood, hood pins, and a 195hp (at 4600rpm), 289 cubic inch, 2 barrel, V8 engine.

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Candy Apple Red California Special
Candy Apple Red 1968 Mustang GT California Special owned by John Roller from Hooksett, New Hampshire. This GT has it's original J-code 302ci 4bbl V8 engine and an automatic transmission. It still wears its original and unrestored paint. It has it's original interior and drivetrain. The engine bay has been repainted in some areas. It was a one owner car till 2010 with 41K miles. John has the original dealer invoice and paperwork.

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California Special
Brought to you first by MustangAttitude.com, this is the top part of a great newspaper advertisement we found for the 1968 California Special GT Mustang. Click on the second and third photo from this set to see the rest of the ad. It was placed by Galpin Ford on March 22nd, 1968 in the Van Nuys News of Van Nuys, California.

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Wimbledon White California Special
Wimbledon White 1968 Mustang GTCS hardtop with standard Argent styled wheels; metal rocker panel trim; black GTCS side stripe; Shelby styled side scoop, hood pins, hood louvers, fog lamps, and rear wing; and a 289 cubic inch, 2 barrel, V8, originally rated at 195hp (at 4600rpm).

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Seafoam Green California Special
An incredible Seafoam Green 1968 Mustang GTCS hardtop with white side stripes; Argent styled steel wheels with GT hub caps; Shelby side scoops, rear wing, and fog lamps; louvered hood with integrated turn signals (facing the driver); and a 289ci, 2 valve, V8 engine.

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Acapulco Blue California Special
This Acapulco Blue 1968 Mustang GTCS hardtop was at the 2010 Mustang car show in Port Angeles, Washington. The 1968 California Special has the same rear taillight panels and spoiler as the Shelby, fiberglass side scoops, stripes, blacked out grille, fog lights, and hood locks.

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Raven Black California Special
This Raven Black 1968 California Special hardtop was at the 2010 Mustang Roundup car show in Bellevue, Washington. It has the standard 12 slot argent styled wheels, white side stripe, side scoops with GT/CS graphics, California Special rear fender graphic, rear wing, and 289ci V8 engine. The C-code 289ci V8 was the most common engine for the 1968 GT/CS but others ordered included the T (200ci), J (302ci), X (290ci), S (390ci), and the R (428ci) code engines. Side stripes came in white, black, red, or metallic blue depending on the main exterior color. Most of the grilles included Lucas fog lamps but some did receive lamps manufactured by Marchal. 2.79:1 was the most common rear axle ratio but others included the 2.75:1, 3.00:1, 3.20:1, 3.23:1, and the 3.50:1. The GT California Special was a California special promotion but only about 8 percent of the cars was ordered with the GT option which included dual exhaust with quad exhaust tips, argent slotted steel wheels with GT center caps, and heavy duty front and rear spring. All other standard 1968 GT options were not used.

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Acapulco Blue California Special
This Acapulco Blue 1968 Mustang GT California Special hardtop was at the 2010 Mustang Roundup car show in Bellevue, Washington. Over 1000 Mustangs showed up for the event. This car was parked in the California Special section which included the classic 1968 and 2007+ versions.

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Meadowlark Yellow California Special
This Meadowlark Yellow 1968 GT California Special Mustang hardtop was a the 2010 Mustang Roundup car show in Bellevue, Washington. This GT/CS has GT style wheels and a 289ci V8 engine.

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Royal Maroon California Special
This Royal Maroon 1968 Mustang GT California Special was at the 2010 Mustang Club of America Grand Nationals in Bellevue, Washington. This GT/CS has the optional GT style wheels, Lucas fog lamps, and a 302ci V8 under the hood.

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Lime Gold California Special
This Lime Gold 1968 Mustang GT California Special with black vinyl roof was at the 2010 Mustang Roundup car show held in Bellevue, Washington. This GT/CS was ordered with the GT option which included dual exhaust with quad exhaust tips, argent slotted steel wheels with GT center caps, and heavy duty front and rear spring. All other standard 1968 GT options were not used including the GT gas cap which probably could be ordered separately.

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Yellow California Special
This custom 1968 California Special Mustang GT was at the 2010 Mustang Roundup car show in Bellevue, Washington. This GT/CS was originally ordered Wimbledon White with a black vinyl top, but now wears a bright yellow exterior paint, custom wheels, and custom engine.

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Meadowlark Yellow California Special
Meadowlark Yellow 1968 Mustang GT/CS hardtop with black vinyl roof at the 2011 Mustang Roundup car show held in Bellevue, Washington. California Special features include argent styled steel GT wheels, black GT/CS side stripe and lettering, California Special rear letters, metal rocker panel trim, louvered hood with hood pins, and Shelby style rear spoiler/wing and side scoops.

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