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What is So Special About The California Mustang?

If you have heard about the California Mustang, you might be wondering why a limited edition Ford Mustang would be so target-marketed, but the original “GT/CS,” also known as the California Mustang, featured a 4118-vehicle production run. They were made in February of 1968, but the production only lasted a little under 6 months. You know what that means to car collectors, though- a highly sought-after specimen!

To spark buying interest of these cars in the Los Angeles area, the original special marketing promotion vehicle featured side scoops, a small-block 289 two-barrel engine, rear spoiler deck-lid, hood locks, fog lamps, side stripes and the Shelby GT-inspired features mixed with a Mustang coupe. In 2007 and 2008, there were California Mustang option packages offered, as a tribute to the original model, but the GT with a 4.6 liter engine had upgraded options such as 18″ polished aluminum wheels and unique floor mats, along with the faux gas cap that says California Special and all the other original features.

For2011, the package will be re-introduced on a 5.0 liter engine model of GT, with the Billet grille, faded side stripes and GT-unique 19-inch rims, making it sportier-looking than previous versions. The package is available on Coupes or Convertibles, which is sure to make it more popular. For around $2000, the option package will transform a normal GT model, into a California Mustang. You can still get popular colors of Black, Race Red, and Candy Red Metallic with tinted Clear coat, Performance White, Ingot Silver Metallic and Grabber Blue.

The original marketing theme for these limited edition models was “California Made It Happen!” since the regional dealers helped develop the unique options found on these sporty GT models. The California Mustang is available in all 50 states and the special editions are another effort to keep the popularity of this model at full-throttle. Testers that have driven the newer models say they deliver the thrill of the classic version “muscle cars,” but the price tag has gotten a lot higher and the gas mileage isn’t quite as good as some other cars you might consider.

For those that are avid “pony car” fans, the California Mustang delivers the racy thrill they are looking for and the 2011 convertible is sure to be a popular choice, when it comes to a tribute to the original GT/CS. It will still feature magnificent retro-styling and the feel of an old-time “muscle car” with modern day features, but it will still have limited back seat and trunk space, which makes this a sports car, but not such a great family car.

If you are searching for a sporty performance vehicle, with West Coast options that make it more unique, look into adding this upgraded package to a 2011 model, if you are shopping for a great classic car feel. Car collectors already realize the worth of the GT/CS models, when compared to some of the other original GT models from the 1960’s, however.




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