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The ‘California Special’ is Coming Back for the 2019 Ford Mustang!

March 13th, 2018

Photo of a 2019 Ford Mustang 'California Special' cruising around West Michigan

Build Your Perfect Ford Mustang This Summer at Borgman Ford in Grand Rapids!

The summer of 2018 is shaping up to be an exciting time for Ford Mustang fans, and Borgman Ford can’t wait to help enthusiasts in Grand Rapids and West Michigan get on the road to adventure. On top of the hotly-anticipated Bullitt Edition being released, Ford has announced that they’re bringing back the California Special – a version of the Ford Mustang that caters more towards drivers looking for a more premium, open-air experience.

This article published in the Official Ford Media Center tells more about what to expect from the California Special Mustang when it arrives this summer, as well as the origins of the iconic package. Take a look:

California Special Returns For 2019 Mustang, Plus Enthusiast Updates Include Rev-Matching, B&O Audio System And New Colors

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.

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.

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 embossed GT/CS insignia and contrast red accent stitching, and custom embroidered GT/CS floor mats. Signature California Special script badging appears on the passenger-side dash panel.

“Few things are more satisfying than dropping the top on a California Special and taking a drive down the majestic Pacific Coast Highway,” said Mark Conforzi, Ford designer. “This signature design takes its cues from the original California Special, while enhancing the personality of today’s Mustang.”

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Photo of someone driving a 2019 Ford Mustang California Special along the West Michigan lakeshore.

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