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Ford Mustang GT/CS California Special

Year: 1968|Miles: 26,077|Ext: Candy Apple Red|Int: Black|

The sale of this rare and collectible Mustang will benefit our friends at America On Wheels of Allentown, Pennsylvania. America On Wheels is a non-profit, educational museum of over the road transportation. Among the many services they provide the community, America On Wheels introduces young adults to the collector car hobby and encourages them to consider a career path in the world of historic automobile restoration and preservation. America On Wheels is an incredible asset to our area, and RB Collection is proud to offer this vehicle for their benefit.?


At the 1967 Los Angeles auto show, a special Shelby known as Lil?Red was shown for the first time. Lil?Red was a GT500 prototype with a notchback coupe body in full Shelby trim, supercharged 428, C-6 automatic and plenty of luxury equipment. While the prototype and its sister car, Green Hornet never reached production (Lil?Red was crushed by the factory while Green Hornet still exists in private hands) the car did was inspire the Southern California district sales manager, Lee Grey, to discuss a special California-only model with Ford boss Lee Iacocca. Grey wanted a special limited production model mainly for the California market, one that would attract buyers who wanted something more than a standard Mustang, but perhaps didn?t want to step up to the expensive Shelby. Iacocca loved the idea and green-lighted the project, enlisted the help of Shelby Automotive and the California Special was born.

All of the approximately 4,025 California Specials built were based on the coupe body and were available with all engine and transmission options that could be had on a standard Mustang.



RB Collection is very pleased to present this attractive 1968 Mustang California Special. It presents in very good restored condition in correct Candy Apple Red (Ford #2008) with black hood and side stripes. This car appears to have been a solid well-kept example from new, with no evidence of serious rust or major restoration work. The paintwork, in the correct color per the Deluxe Marti Report, is of very good quality with good overall panel fit and straight, clean reflections. Correct California Special badges, stripes and panels are all in place, as are the side scoops and exhaust tips. Original equipment includes a 289 2V, C4 Cruise-O-Matic transmission, 2.79 Rear Axle, power steering, AM Radio, tinted glass and deluxe seat belts. This is a turn-key car that runs strong and drives very well.

The car remains in largely correct condition today, with a few upgrades present such as a four barrel carburetor on a Weiland intake manifold and a drop-in center console. This is a turn-key car that runs strong and drives very well. We recently returned from a 70 mile journey where it performed admirably. Wearing a good?quality driver-restoration, this Mustang can be thoroughly enjoyed as-is, or easily detailed to factory original standards without having to spend excessive time or money. Honest, usable and attractive, this is a very collectible Mustang that is well suited for driving or casual show. It is not known for sure how many examples of the GT/CS survive today, but it is believed that about 2000 remain, with fewer than 800 in the official GT/CS Registry. Sale includes a framed Deluxe Marti Report, receipts and records, display boards and period advertising pieces.

At Ruozzi Brothers Collection, fine automobiles are our passion. Our hands-on approach and personal service set us apart from the typical volume dealer. Realize your dream of driving the classic, collector, or exotic car you always dreamed of and join our fast-growing family of satisfied clients around the world!

We welcome offers and trades, and we can assist with worldwide shipping arrangements. Please contact Geoff Isabelle or Alex Ruozzi at 610-398-9700 for more information on this, or any other fine automobile in our inventory.



  • 26,077 miles
  • Deluxe Marti Report
  • Original California Special stripes, scoops, badges, grille, tail lights and hood
  • One of 4,025 built
  • Documented in the GT/California Special Registry