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General Information

Year
1968
Make
Ford
Model
Mustang
Color
Candy Apple Red
Packages
California Special
History
The Mustang Grand Touring/California Special is the GT500 coupe that Mr Shelby never brought to production. Only, approximately, 3900 of these cars were built over several months in the San Jose plant in 1968. You will find that production Shelby Mustangs can only be found in Fastback or Convertable form except for one true prototype that was called “Little Red”. That car was found abandoned in a Texas field in early 2018 (See photo upper right). The GT/CS was the promotional car, offered to California dealers, that was based upon the Shelby coupe that never saw production.
1968 Ford Mustang (Candy Apple Red)

Modifications

Drivetrain
Period correct: 302 block bored to 289 with 289 heads.
Interior
All original.
Exterior
They say, “a man’s work space is a window into his mind”. Uhhh....

Lee Grey attended the Ford Preview event for the new 1968 Fords at the Los Angeles Coliseum in August 1967, where he saw a Shelby GT-500 prototype coupe nicknamed "Little Red". This was a supercharged 428, C-6 automatic coupe that was dressed up in bright red paint, and a vinyl roof, as a formal, yet high-performance vehicle. It was on display to gauge market response as a possible Shelby lineup Mustang. Lee saw this as an opportunity to use the elements of this prototype to market his "California-Only Mustang". He met with Lee Iaccoca in L.A., and the decision was made to bring the car to Dearborn to develop into a limited edition Mustang. First, it was known as the "GT/SC", as a nationally available Sport Coupe, then, after some discussion, developed as the GT/CS.
Audio
Sitting on floorboard and making engine noises.
Wheel and Tire
Stock: steel wheels and deluxe wheel covers.

Future plan: Run Magnum 500 Mags

Gallery

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