California Special Mustang drops just in time for spring break

The Ford Mustang GT California Special is back this summer!

Mustang last offered a California Special back in 2016. Before long, the California Special had joined the ranks of Shelby, Boss and Mach 1 special-edition Mustangs.

For 2019 all Mustang GT's with the manual transmission will now feature rev matching. Ford was so impressed by one particular dealer's rendition, they put it into production in 1968 and dubbed it the California Special. 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. The new version draws cues to the original with a blacked-out grille, racing stripe and California Special logo placed on the lid of the trunk. The California Special wears unique five-spoke painted machined wheels.

Besides the paint job, today's reiteration of the California Special Mustang involves a fair share of technology. Under the hood is the same 5.0-liter V8 putting out 460 horsepower and 42lb-ft of torque - it would be nice to get a little extra power for a special edition, but hey, if it ain't broke don't fix it. Climbing inside, this limited-run Mustang is adorned with Miko suede seats, red stitching, and special "GT/CS" embroidering throughout. And now, for the first time, the B&O Play audio system comes to Mustang with a stunning 10-channel amplifier producing 1,000 watts across 12 high-performance speakers.

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The 2019 Ford Mustang will go on sale this summer. It appeared on stage with a surviving dark Highland green.