1968 Ford Mustang

California Special Coupe
Sale Price
30 June 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
Auction House
Chassis no. 8R01J154029. True Gold with white side stripe over black vinyl. 302/230hp, 4-speed, American Racing wheels, BFG Radial T/A tires, Lucas fog lights, added air conditioning, modern radio, aluminum radiator.

Evaluation: Very good paint and chrome other than some runs around the drip rails and some blisters on the left front fender. Very clean engine. Interior looks fully restored other than the steering wheel. Fully redone Mustang to like-new condition without overdoing it, and a relatively rare California Special to boot.

Bottom Line: Two subsets of ’68 Mustangs, California Special and High Country Special (Colorado), combined some GT features with Shelby-style sequential taillights, fog lights, non-functional rear fender intakes, and special wheel covers. They carry significant premiums to their more ordinary siblings and the engine and transmission of this one add even more. This result shows what kind of value collectors put on this combination, and it’s even stronger than the $55,000 final price the car sold for at Barrett-Jackson Houston only a few months ago in October.

by Andrew Newton
7 July 2022

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