Ford revives California Special package for 2019 Mustang

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Ford says the California Special Mustang will be available in a variety of vibrant-looking paint jobs including, crucially, the same Dark Highland Green that comes on the Bullitt.

Ford has a new limited-edition model for the 2019 Mustang GT that channels west coast flavor, minus the fish tacos and In-N-Out burgers.

The original California Special, dubbed the GT/CS, was a dealer-specific package offered only in the coastal state before Ford took it nation-wide in 1968.

2019 California Special interior
2019 California Special interior

1 - Like all of the California Special models before it, the 2019 Mustang GT/CS comes with a black grille. The next CS will get the 5.0-liter V8, a manual or automatic transmission and a few other unique pieces. This year, however, on top of the signature California Special side stripe and rear fender vent, the muscle auto gets a B&O Play 12-channel speaker system customized to the acoustics of the car's interior and a transmission equipped with rev-matching technology.

2 - The familiar side strip with the GT/CS logo begins just behind the front wheels and runs along the doors, fading as it meets the side scoops. The wheels are unique machined 5-spoke units. The new 2019 Mustang GT California Special is inspired by the 1967 Shelby GT notchback coupe prototype, which was referred to as the original California Special. Inside, the GT/CS wears black Mako suede-trimmed seats with embossed insignia and contrast red stitching, GT/CS embroidered floor mats, and a California Special badge affixed to the passenger-side dashboard.

And those who want to go full retro can opt for one of the new throwback shades coming to the 2019 Mustang, like Velocity Blue or Need for Green.

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