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beachbum
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posted 09-08-2002 12:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for beachbum     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Was at a car show last night and saw a really nice 1968 Cal. Special. New paint, engine, [289] chrome and interior all looked very good. Was asking $11,000 but would take less. Does anyone have an idea about what the Cal. special is worth. Thanks

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mustangs68
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posted 09-08-2002 06:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cal Specials run about 25% more than an equally equipt 1968 Mustang in sale value.

1st thing I would check is the Assembly Plant to ensure it a San Jose (R code)built car if not it's not a Cal Special.

For more information on the California Specials check out Jon site.

www.californiaspecial.com

sam

1968 didn't have pony interior or rally packs.
check out www.1968mustang.org

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ewokeric
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posted 09-08-2002 08:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ewokeric   Click Here to Email ewokeric     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
yea, i would definitly check where it was orginial made from mine has all the trim details of a real one but was made in New Jersy not califorina.

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mellowyellow
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posted 09-08-2002 11:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
WOrth a lot particularly if it had a rally pac and pony interior. Musta been one of those rare 66 Ca Specials. Get your years right, Brandon.

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mustangs68
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posted 09-09-2002 09:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
define "What"
sam

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Big D
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posted 09-10-2002 01:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Big D   Click Here to Email Big D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All in all,,, if it turns out to be an authenic CAL Special... In the shape BeachBum is describing,,, I would say it would be well worth $11,000,,, and if he can get it for less he should jump on it...

Don

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68DARKHORSE
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posted 09-10-2002 10:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68DARKHORSE   Click Here to Email 68DARKHORSE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 66MustangGTCoupe289:
does it have pony interior, is it a GT, auto or manual, rally pack, woodgrain wheel? a base Cal Special in fair condition usually go for about 10-12 k. look underneath for rust, if you intend to buy

Brandon


Rally packs and pony interiors were not available on the California Special as those are pre 67 options. All Cali Specials are GT's, that's why they say GT/CS on the side.

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beachbum
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posted 09-10-2002 11:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for beachbum     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the info. Wish I would have spent more time looking at the car but do have the guys number. Didn't look at the data plate, but had the scoops on the side with the GT/CS, no rally pack, had a auto trans. The interior was standard bucket seats with a center console, steering wheel was brushed stainless with a black cushion grip. Tail lights went almost clear accross the rear and the words California Special were in chrome on the rear fenders. Guy said was a 1968 but after I thought about it a while it had FORD letters accross the front of the hood. I have a 1968 coupe and it doesn't have any letters accross the front of the hood. I ment to add, the guy told me they made less that a thousand Cal. specials like this car that year. Think he said eight hundred and something, was such a big car show with a loud band so was hard to keep my mind on things.

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68DARKHORSE
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posted 09-10-2002 01:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68DARKHORSE   Click Here to Email 68DARKHORSE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
http://www.californiaspecial.com/

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mellowyellow
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posted 09-10-2002 02:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A good bet you can always win- Someone bets you that Ford never made a 6 cyl Mustang GT! GT/CS cars DID come with a 6 banger and it DID come from the factory that way. Now pay up on that 1,000 bet! LOL!

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mustangs68
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posted 09-10-2002 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And some 68's do have FORD across the hood..mine does and it is orginal

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71RESTO
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posted 09-10-2002 09:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 71RESTO   Click Here to Email 71RESTO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One other thing the guy may be misleading you about, is that they actually made around 4800 Cal Specials if I recall correctly. So be careful that he isn't trying sell you a bill of goods!!

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Dave Gibson
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posted 09-10-2002 10:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Gibson   Click Here to Email Dave Gibson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to Kevin Marti, from Mustang by the Numbers, 4,117 California Specials were built.

Call the owner beachbum. It won't cost you a thing to go look. Buying is a different story.

Dave & Terri

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mellowyellow
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posted 09-11-2002 06:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If your should see the car again. Look in the w/shield at the vin. If the first two characters are not 8R it couldn't be a Ca Special. They were all made at the Milipitas [SP] plant in Ca.

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MidLifCrisis
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posted 09-11-2002 11:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MidLifCrisis   Click Here to Email MidLifCrisis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beachbum: The Calif Spec had the '68 Shelby treatment to them, such as: rear taillight panel with '65 T-bird taillights, flip-open gas cap, side airscoops behind door, and Lucas foglights in grille. The steering wheel was stock, not alum spoke. I believe the interior should be deluxe, not standard-but I wouldn't swear to this. IF you are interested, research this car thoroughly. Everything but the foglights are beng reproduced. I have heard of guys that have bought what they thought were Shelby's and found that they were just "dressed-up" Mustangs that they paid a premium for. Good luck to you, Charlie

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