1968 Ford Mustang GT / CS Coupe Apparel and Accessories by Legend Lines
The California market accounted for about 20 percent of the total Mustang sales. Two Los Angeles-area Ford dealerships sold an average of 9,000 examples annually between April 1964 and March 1968. This was an average of 30 Mustangs a day for the six-day sales week. Lee Grey, Ford's District Sales Manager for Southern California, recognized the potential for a uniquely styled Mustang, combining Shelby-inspired styling cues with the more formal lines of the notchback Mustang. After a meeting with Lee Iacocca and the involvement of Henry Ford II, the California Special, also known as the GT/CS, was born. A total of 5,500 examples were slotted to be built and they were a Southern California-only product. They were upscale Mustangs fitted with special features that included a fiberglass trunk lid and quarter-panel extensions, a pop-off gas filler cap, non-sequential 1965 Thunderbird taillights, fiberglass side scoops, body striping, unique chrome model scripts, a blacked-out grille, either Lucas or Marchal fog lamps, and racing-style quarter-turn hood locks. The GT/CS could be fitted with any regularly available 1968 Mustang color, engine, transmission, and option package. Total production of the California Specials reached 4,118 examples with each example produced at Ford's San Jose, California assembly plant.