Reviving nostalgia: 2024 Mustang’s GT California Special with exclusive rave blue accents

Ford introduced the exclusive California Special package, set to make its debut at the 2023 Los Angeles auto show, as an optional add-on for the Mustang GT Premium model, coming at an extra cost of $1,995. This package is open for both the coupe and convertible versions.

The origins of the California Special can be traced back to the original Mustang, initially launched as a dealer special in 1968, drawing inspiration from the 1967 Shelby GT notchback coupe prototype. Originally known as the Mustang GT/CS, this special edition featured a blacked-out grille, fog lamps, and a side racing stripe that ended before a rear fender scoop.

The modern iteration pays homage to the original model with its blacked-out grille and side stripes, albeit with some modifications. In contrast to the earlier California Special, the current version does not include a side scoop on the rear fender, but it compensates with the introduction of vibrant blue accents in the form of Rave Blue. These blue accents extend to the 19-inch wheels, which are available in two distinct designs.

Internally, the blue accents blend seamlessly with the black trim, including the leather seats, and the contrast stitching comprises a mix of blue and gray threads. The package is completed with unique badges and floor mats.

Unchanged, the Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter V-8 engine remains an option, with the choice between a 6-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic transmission. The engine offers 480 hp as standard or 486 hp with the optional active exhaust system, which comes at an extra cost of $1,225.

Though the L.A. auto show is scheduled to start on November 16, interested buyers can already secure the California Special package via Ford’s official website.

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