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Style and Sound

Drop the top and go for a cruise.

By SID297

DEARBORN, Mich., March 12, 2018 – America’s favorite sports car gets even more style and technology for 2019 thanks to the revival of the legendary Mustang GT California Special, new technology features including rev-matching on 5.0-liter manual-equipped models, the first-ever custom-tuned B&O Play premium audio system for Mustang and three new vintage-inspired colors and over-the-top stripes.

“No doubt, 2019 is an exciting year for Mustang enthusiasts, especially fans of our California Special and Bullitt models,” said Corey Holter, Ford car group marketing manager. “This year further targets hardcore Mustang enthusiasts who want even more performance from BULLITT, while new technology including rev-matching on manual transmission equipped Mustang GTs and active valve performance exhaust on EcoBoost® models means even more thrills.”

California Dreaming


When Mustang first hit the streets in 1964, owners clubs sprang up around the country, with many regional dealers creating their own personalized pony car designs. One – inspired by the 1967 Shelby GT notchback coupe prototype – came to be called the California Special.

California Special returns with a new limited-edition design package for 2019 Mustang GT that commemorates visual cues of the 1968 original while celebrating modern Mustang performance and style

That original version featured blacked-out grille, fog lamps and a side racing stripe that ended ahead of a new rear fender scoop. It wore a Shelby-inspired spoiler, custom tail lamps and twist-lock hood fasteners. Impressed, Ford put a limited number of California Special cars into production for 1968. Before long, the California Special had joined the ranks of Shelby, Boss and Mach 1 special-edition Mustangs.

Today, the 2019 California Special for Mustang GT is a visual standout, featuring a trademark fading stripe that traces from the 5.0 side badge to the rear fender scoop. A signature Ebony Black and Race Red script California Special badge adorns the trunk lid. At the front, the car follows the blacked-out open grille and picks up the Mustang Performance Pack 1 splitter. The California Special wears unique five-spoke painted machined wheels.

Inside, driver and passengers will discover rich black Miko® suede-trimmed seats with…




Road Trip: 2016 Mustang GT California Special

Beach Toy

This Race Red droptop served as the ideal Mustang Week cruiser

By Steve Turner

Each year we look forward to the gathering that fills the resort town of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with thousands of Mustangs and fans of the Ford’s pony car. When attending a gathering of this immensity, it’s important to consider your mode of transportation. While we are definitely there to observe and report, it’s always fun to do so in a cool ride.
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News: 2016 Mustang Order Guide

Guided Tour

The 2016 Mustang order guide reveals a few more specifics

By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Early Monday morning Ford dropped the official information about the new additions to the 2016 Mustang product lineup. Among those new offerings were several new package and trim options highlighted by the return of the California Special. Of course, with the 2016 order banks opening up soon, it didn’t take long for the car’s order guide to slip out into the Internet ether. After reviewing the guide, we learned a few more things about the forthcoming Mustang model year options.
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News: 2016 Mustang Preview

Sweet Sixteen

The next Mustang model year brings a number of new options

By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Ford Motor Company

As we learned late last week, the 2016 Mustang will bring a number of new packages and options to the S550 platform. Headlined by a return of the California Special package, the 2016 model year will also offer up a Pony Package option for the EcoBoost Premium. Those that don’t like to compromise will have reason to celebrate, they can now order convertibles with the vaunted Performance Package. And that’s not all, there will even be a Black Accent package available for the Mustang GT. Continue reading

News: 2016 Mustang Special Editions

Special Time

The 2016 Mustang model year will bring the California Special and more

By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Get ready to switch gears. The 2015 Mustangs are out, and it’s time for the 2016 Mustang hype to begin. If you’ve been wondering what special editions might be available, part of that mystery has been revealed. There will be a 2016 Mustang California Special. However, it won’t be the only special Mustang in 2016… Continue reading