WATCH | Ford's Mustang California Special headed for SA, but you'll have to be fast to get one

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The new Mustang California Special is headed for SA. 

Only 100 units will be available exclusively in Fastback guise.

California Special delivers 330kW from its 5.0-litre V8 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission.

• It will channel the spirit of the iconic 1968 original with unique "colour shift" decals.

December 2015 was an extraordinary time in South Africa; it's when Ford officially launched the iconic Mustang locally, and it's been reaping the rewards ever since. 

The Mustang remains in a class of its own, seeing the Blue Oval brand retain 87% market share of the sports car segment in 2021. Since its local introduction, 3613 cars have found new home homes with enthusiast owners.

Now, the quintessential style of west coast America is crossing the Atlantic as the Ford Mustang California Special is making its way to South Africa. The automaker says: "Embodying the free-spirited ethos of the 1968 original, the new California Special will be offered locally exclusively in Fastback coupé body style and is limited to just 100 units."

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2022 Ford Mustang California Special

So what sets this model apart from the rest? There's a special-edition design package with unique badging and detailing, 19-inch alloy wheels, and special "colour shift" California Special decals. This distinctive style is matched to the automaker's charismatic 330kW V8 petrol engine and 10-speed automatic transmission made for performance and effortless cruising. Inside the car, there's bespoke detailing adding exclusive appeal.

Ford SA's marketing General Manager Doreen Mashinini, says: "The California Special is a huge part of the Mustang's legacy in America. It symbolises so much of what Mustang stands for - the joy of driving and the freedom of the open road. Those ideals resonate just as strongly with driving enthusiasts and Mustang fans in South Africa. It's about time customers got to experience the unique California Special blend of style, performance, and driving fun." 

Ford Mustang
2022 Ford Mustang California Special

A classic reinvented

Ford says when the Mustang first hit the streets in 1964, owners' clubs sprang up across America, with many regional dealers creating their own personalised designs. Inspired by the 1967 Shelby GT notchback coupé prototype, one came to be called the California Special. Impressed, Ford put a limited number of California Special cars into production for 1968. 

South Africa also has a large following of the Mustang, and there are several local clubs across the country.

The latest interpretation reflects the original model with a honeycomb front grille finished in Ebony Black and featuring a GT/CS badge in Race Red and lower side stripes finished in black, red, and grey. Incorporating GT/CS logos, the stripes run from the front to rear wings and feature a hidden "California Special" script that is almost invisible in low light conditions but becomes much more prominent in stronger sunlight.

Pricing to be announced

Customers can choose from eight exterior body colours, including signature Atlas Blue and Cyber Orange. Local pricing and further details will be available at launch later in the year.

The automaker says the iconic Ford Mustang is revered among enthusiasts worldwide, and it's no surprise that this legendary car continues to lead the sales charts. It was the world's best-selling sports coupé for seven consecutive years in 2021, selling across 146 countries as Ford continues to grow its iconic brand globally. 

Mashinini adds: "The success of the standard Mustang models and the addition of exclusive limited-edition variants, such as the Mustang Mach 1, which was introduced last year, certainly adds to the appeal of what is undeniably one of the world's most recognisable and revered automotive nameplates."

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