Embodying the free-spirited ethos of 1968 original, the new Ford Mustang California Special will be making its way across the Atlantic ocean and arrives in Europe for the first time. The limited-edition Mustang will be offered exclusively in convertible body style with a folding soft-top for classic looks and open-air thrills.
The special edition design package features unique badging, detailing, and 19-inch alloy wheels. In addition, special “colour shift” California Special decals give the vehicle a distinctive style, while the 5.0L Coyote V8 engine under the hood providing enough power for effortless cruising across the Old World.
Are there any differences compared to the American Mustang California Special? Compared to America, which gets the edition in both hardtop and convertible, the European Mustang California Special also withholds the “GT/CS Performance Package.”
The inside of the Ford Mustang California Special is designed to enhance all the fun of the open road no matter what weather conditions are thrown at it. Standard comfort technologies, including heated and cooled front seats, a 12-inch customizable instrument cluster, and advanced SYNC 3 connectivity, giving the driver hands-free control during exciting new road trips. In addition, Bespoke California Special detailing adds exclusive appeal and ensures the customer won’t forget they have a Special Edition mustang while in the cab.
Mustang California Special: Additional Details
When the Ford Mustang first hit the streets in 1964, owners’ clubs popped up across America, with many regional dealers creating their own personalized designs. One design inspired by the 1967 Shelby GT notchback coupe prototype came to be called the California Special. The original version features a blacked-out grille, fog lights, and side racing stripes that ended ahead of new rear side air scoops, as well as a Shelby-inspired spoiler. Ford was impressed by the design and put a limited number of California Special cars into production for 1958.
The newest interpretation reflects the original with a honeycomb front grille finished in Ebony Black. Additionally, the car features a GT/CS badge in Race Red and lower side stripes finished in black, red, and grey. Incorporating GT/CS logos, the stripes run from the front to rear wings and feature a hidden “California Special” script that is almost invisible in low light conditions but becomes prominent in stronger sunlight.
Pricing for the 2022 Ford Mustang California Special in Europe will start at £52,105 in the UK and €60,800 in Germany before options. Based on current exchange rates, that’s about $68,760 and $66,230, respectively.