Left hand drive 1968 Ford Mustang GT/CS 'California Special' Hardtop Coupé Chassis no. 8R01C150125
This Mustang coupe is one of only 4,118 'California Special' (GT/CS) limited edition models produced by Ford's partner Shelby Automotive for the West Coast dealer network. (That may sound like quite a lot of cars but it was only 1.3% of Mustang production in 1968). With some 20% of all Mustangs and Thunderbirds sold in California, the local Ford dealers had sufficient influence at the factory to ask for, and get, their own special version. Indeed, the car's marketing slogan was 'California made it happen.' Available only in coupe form, the California Special featured Marchal or Lucas fog lights, Dzus fastener bonnet pins, pop-open fuel filler, boot spoiler, 1965 Thunderbird-type taillights, Shelby GT-type wheels and Shelby-style side scoops with 'GT/CS' logo. It was available in all standard Mustang colours, which were enhanced by stripes applied to the sides and rear deck. Production was confined to 1968 only and today Mustang collectors consider this relatively rare model, with its many Shelby GT features, to be among the most desirable.
Most California Specials, like the example offered here, were produced with the 289ci (4.7-litre) small-block V8 engine in two-barrel carburettor specification and complete with the C-4 automatic transmission. The vendor advises us the car has been the subject of an extensive 'rotisserie' restoration and was previously owned by Andy Salemi of Sycamore, Illinois. Mr Salemi kept the Mustang in a Carcoon and in 2006 won the 'Carl F Benz Trophy' at the Geneva Concours d'Élegance with it (see photograph album on file). According to the vendor, 'the car's undercarriage is as clean as the roof and the engine compartment is true to the original specification and beautifully detailed.' Finished in red with tan interior, this rare and highly collectible Mustang variant is offered with MoT to July 2013.
This vehicle is offered with a Swansea V5C Registration Document