Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, is bringing back a little bit of nostalgia for the 2019 Mustang.
When the Ford Mustang first hit the streets in 1964, owner’s clubs popped up around the country, with many regional dealers creating their own personalized designs. One design, inspired by the 1967 Shelby GT notchback coupe prototype, came to be known as the California Special.
The original version featured a blacked-out grille, fog lamps, and side racing stripe that ended ahead of a new rear fender scoop. It had a Shelby-inspired spoiler, custom tail lamps, and twist-lock hood fasteners.
After seeing the car, Ford designers decided to put a limited number of California Special Mustangs into production in 1968.
And now, Ford is bringing it back.
The 2019 California Special Mustang GT has a fading stripe that traces from the 5.0 side badge to the rear fender scoop. A signature Ebony Black and Race Red script California Special badge adorns the trunk lid. On the front, the Mustang features the blacked-out open grille and picks up the Mustang Performance Pack 1 splitter. It also has five-spoked painted machined wheels.
Inside, the new California Special boasts black Miko suede-trimmed seats with embossed GT/CS insignias and contrast red accent stitching, and custom embroidered GT/CS floor mats.
“Few things are more satisfying than dropping the top on a California Special and taking a drive down the majestic Pacific Coast Highway,” says Ford designer Mark Conforzi. “This signature design takes its cues from the original California Special, while enhancing the personality of today’s Mustang.”