Ford Mustang "California Special" & "High Country Special"
|A Special Model from the Very Start – "California Special GT/CS" and the"High Country Special"|
|People try to sell everything these days with the claim of “Limited Edition” – chocolate, yogurt, and even toilet paper.
A few decades ago, however, “Limited Edition” was not just hyperbole from the marketing department but an actual indication of something special, as in the case of the Ford Mustang California Special (GT/CS) and the Mustang High Country Specials (HCS).
||These specifications applied likewise for the already mentioned and even rarer High Country Special for Colorado. Instead of the letters GT/CS on the air intakes, there was a crest-like badge with the words High Country Special and the stylized silhouette of a mustang that seemed to gallop over the Rocky Mountains.
All California Specials were based on the 1968 model and were offered only as a coupe, not as a fastback or convertible.
The High Country Special series, however, was available for three years. In 1966 and 1967, there was a coupe, convertible and fastback, and in 1968 only the coupe version. In addition, the HCS was available only in Aspen Gold, Columbine Blue, and Timberline Green, while the GT/CS was available in all Mustang colors. 333 HCS units were built in 1966, 416 in 1967, and 251 in 1968.
|As already mentioned, today both the California Special and High Country Special are among the most sought-after Mustang models. The prices are high as a result, depending of course on the condition, engine, etc., and can even be in the high five-digit range for vehicles in top condition. This is hardly surprising because such models are in our inventory very infrequently due to their rarity.
But it’s not entirely impossible, though, to see a California Special or a High Country Special live in our showroom one of these days…