In mid-February 1968, California Ford Dealers began to market a factory-built, limited-edition Mustang called the GT/CS, or “California Special”. The hope was for a targeted production run of 5,000; however, only 4118 were made, including 251 units that were remarketed in Denver, Colorado, as “High Country Special ’68”. Production ran for only 5.5 months from mid-February 1968 to early August 1968. Today, classic car collectors consider these cars to be very desirable Mustangs. Shelby Automotive, that had at the time recently become part of Ford, was assigned the task of designing and engineering the necessary parts and assembly procedures for the GT/CS. This was done right alongside the development of their 1968 Shelby. The fiberglass parts were crafted at A.O. Smith, in Ionia, Michigan, in steel molds. A.O. Smith was also the same OEM manufacturer for the Corvette fiberglass bodies. The fiberglass parts for the GT/CS included: the rear decklid and end caps, taillight panel, and side scoops.
The Mustang GT/CS features included: Marchal or Lucas Fog Lights, twist-type DZUS hood pins, side scoops, pop-open gas cap, rear spoiler decklid with end caps, and taillight panel with 1965 Thunderbird taillights (non sequential). Side stripes with the “GT/CS” die-cut logo, along with a rear decklid stripe were included, and were available in white, black, red, and metallic medium blue only. It was available in all standard Mustang colors for 1968, all available Ford engine and transmission combinations.
Most produced were the small block 289ci two-barrel (2V) carb. with C-4 three spd. automatic transmissions. All regular production factory and dealer options for 1968 Mustang coupes were also available for the GT/CS, other than options that would conflict with the GT/CS package, such as fog lights or C-stripes. The GT option package was available on the GT/CS so some, but not all, GT/CSs are also GTs. The “GT” in GT/CS has nothing to do with the GT package.
This very sharp GT/CS has been nicely restored and features a 195hp 289ci small block. The exterior color has been changed from its original Seafoam Green to Acapulco Blue and it’s in excellent condition, as is the restored Black vinyl interior. The engine compartment has been detailed and features some added chrome bits for some extra flash. Ceramic coated Hooker headers and a Flowmaster exhaust system were also added during the restoration for extra power and throaty sound. Stk #6012