Classic Car Watch
Mustang GT California Special

NOTE: This column displays cars I have found on the Internet. I am not selling them. Please follow the links if you are interest in a car. Be mindful of the date this article was published. For an explanation why I do this read the original column here.

May 1, 2008
By Scott Lewis

This month I am continuing the trend of looking for a really nice car and then finding affordable cars that could be made to look like the pricey car. In this case I found a sweet Mustang GT California Special. I really like this cars as they came with the sequential taillights from the Thunderbird and Shelby Mustangs.

Below are a batch of affordable Mustangs that could all be made to look like a California Special. All the other cars are priced under $15,000. Let's get to it and have a look.

1968 Ford Mustang GT/CS - $28,995 (The Goal)

Description: Summers Car Company is proud to offer this rare & beautiful 1968 Mustang California Special. Finished in the stunning factory color of Brittney Blue with White vinyl top. Rare equipment including factory side scoops, GT/CS Body stripes, Hood Pins, running lights & rear spoiler with fiberglass deck lid. Special tail lights, GT wheels, 302 V8, bucket seats & more! These cars are getting almost impossible to find, and now is the time to buy. Runs and drives excellent, great investment opportunity!

Source: Summers Classic Car Company

Found: 3/14/2008

Comments: I have always loved the California Special Mustang. O.K. It is sequential taillights that really get me. This car looks awesome. These cars are relatively easy to "clone." I know, I hate the word clone. So we can make a regular Mustang "look" like this. Now let's see what we can find to make a California Special look-a-like.

1967 Ford Mustang Coupe - $9,500

Description: This is a beautiful car. I bought it after serving 3 years in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is all original except for the Fresh paint it has. I wanted a car i could cruise around and just relax with, now i find out I'm going back to war. I have no place to store it for a year. I have to let it go. The car has: Acapulco Blue Paint, 87,000 miles on the speedo, was told it is original and by the looks it was a well kept seldom driven car. 289 automatic, new tires, original hubcaps w/ pained rims to match car, clean chrome, original upholstery (one small area stitches coming apart), new gas tank, There are some small things that need to be done. It needs dash lights, new rear view mirror, both arm rests are splitting, back dash needs to be painted, the paint has a few barely noticeable blemishes. Still it's worthy of showing off. The car starts right up and is very fun to drive. I hate to see it go, but duty calls.

Source: Cars On Line

Found: 4/6/2008

Comments: This car is perfect. Clearly it is not perfect, but it looks good in the pictures and the price leaves a lot in this column's usual $15K budget. This car has two huge advantages. First, it is in Texas, so it would be easy for me to see it and pick it up. Second it is blue, my favorite color. I would start looking for a sequential taillight kit right away.

1967 Ford Mustang - $14,995

Description: Beautiful freshly restored 1967 Mustang. 289/Auto. Late model Mustang Legend Lime color really makes this car pop with a matching two-tone green interior. Only about 300 miles on this car since rebuilt. Everything has been gone through; we have a folder full of receipts for all the work done.

Source: Gateway Classic Cars

Found: 4/3/2008

Comments: This car looks very nice in the low resolution pictures. It costs a bit more than the blue car above. It would be nice to see them each before deciding. If this car went through a proper restoration it should be worth the extra money. I would need to see better pictures of both cars to pick between them.

1967 Ford Mustang - $7,500

Description: GTA, strong 390, good C6, orig. ivy gold paint w/green int., possibly needs left rear quarter panel, some new in box parts, needs restoration, an everyday driver and a great buy.

Source: Collector Car Trader

Found: 4/3/2008

Comments: This picture is terrible. But if this car really is a 390 GTA I would kill myself for not checking it out. And the price is half this column's budget, so we could start on the CS look right away.

1965 Ford Mustang Coupe - $13,500

Description: 289 c.i. 4bbl V-8, 4 speed manual, 8” rear end, bucket seats, black vinyl, factory AM radio , trunk mat, spare tire & jack, long tube headers, dual exhaust, chrome 14” Cragar SS wheels, Goodyear raised white letter tires, original owners manual. Appears to be original fenders, quarters, and floors, factory “C” code car. Great driving Pony coupe!

Source: Fast Lane Classic Cars

Found: 4/10/2008

Comments: When I started this month's list of cars I was trying to stick to 67-68 Mustangs. This is the body style that was done with the sequential taillights on the California Special and Shelby Mustangs. But I came across this nice looking 65 Mustang so I had to include it. The 4 speed is normally a bonus with me, but with the new direction of this column I will most likely be looking for an automatic to make it easier on my kids to drive the car.

1968 Ford Mustang - $11,995

Description: Awesome viper blue paint with silver Shelby stripes, hood scoop, new chrome 17" Eleanor wheels, nice blue vinyl interior, have receipts for freshly rebuilt 302 v-8 (modern 5.0 roller motor), automatic transmission, Holley 650 double pumper carburetor, Edelbrock Torker intake, 1.6 roller rockers, comp cam with .480 lift, 1.94 valves, long tube headers, Flowmasters, Holley fuel pump, MSD coil, box & electronic distributor, 4 new shocks, all new brake shoes & wheel cylinders, new gas tank, new windshield, very fast car, a real traffic stopper.

Source: Performance Mustangs

Found: 4/3/2008

Comments: Some already started something here, with Shelby style stripes. I love the color. With all the aftermarket equipment we have to be careful of craftsmanship in the work.

1968 Ford Mustang - $5,000

Description: Medium green, black interior, automatic transmission, power steering, 302 CID engine (not original engine), equipped with factory A/C but not connected due to engine. 4 bbl with Edelbrock intakes. Has approximately 113,000 miles on body, less than 5,000 on the engine. Some rust on rear quarter panels. New tires all around.

Source: Car On Line

Found: 4/6/2008

Comments: Here's the real project car of the bunch. With rust we are immediately have to assume bodywork and paint. And it needs paint too. The lower price allows us to head straight to a good body shop with a $15K budget. I have not priced bodywork in a long time, but I am willing to take a guess. Let's assume $1,000 for each quarter panel. Let's assume $1,000 for the rear spoiler and taillight parts for the CS look with another $1,000 for the labor to install them while the quarters are being fixed. Assume another $2,000 to do basic body and prep for the rest of the car... and finally $3,000-5,000 for a nice paint job. That's about $10K for the body and paint, give or take a grand. That maxes out out $15K budget, but we would have the CS look. If you could do any of the work yourself to save money that would be a bonus. Oh, and we don't have an interior picture to see if we have a total restoration on our hands. It makes an interesting choice.

1966 Ford Mustang Coupe - $9,995

Description: 200 - 6 cylinder, automatic, air conditioning, spinner wheel covers, locking gas cap, dual outside mirrors, wood steering wheel - Solid & Original Body - Runs & Drives Great - Clean Paint & Interior - Nice Driver.

Source: Classic & Collectible Cars

Found: 4/19/2008

Comments: O.K. I found this one and couldn't resist. It is not a 67-68, but I really like it as a driver. I know they make a sequential taillight kit for this body style. The 200 six is better than the 170, and it has A/C already. This could make a decent commuter car. Yes, it will be slow, but a V-8 swap could come into it a couple of years down the road. Oh, and it's blue, my favorite color.