California Dreamin: 1968 Ford Mustang GT/CS

I don’t need to rehash the old story about how popular the Mustang was in its first few years on the market, but I will remind you that the California auto dealers were powerful and strong enough to convince corporate Ford that they needed a special edition coupe to keep buyers from heading to their local Chevrolet dealer to pickup the soon to be released Camaro.  The result was something called the GT/CS (California Special) that was built in limited numbers with final assembly at the San Jose Ford plant using Shelby Automotive (now part of the Ford Borg collective) designed parts.  Find this 1968 Ford Mustang GT/CS offered for $21,800 in Charleston, SC via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

This GT/CS is equipped with the basic 289 cubic inch Windsor V8 that was rated at 195 horsepower 288 ft-lbs of torque and attached to a 3-speed auto.  It does appear to have the correct trunk lid/quarter extensions, tail lights, pop-off gas cap, side scoops, California special script, fog lights, blacked out front grill, and hood pins that you would find with any GT/CS sold new.  Check out for more detailed info about spotting fakes and finding any unique parts you might be missing.

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