For 2024 the Mustang California Special returns with the GT/CS package available to option on Mustang GT Premium fastbacks and convertibles. And for 2024 you can’t say they didn’t go the extra mile to really make this baby pop.
Though the look and feel bears little resemblance to the original 1968 Mustang California Special, the new 2024 package brings a lot of what makes a modern car cool and visually striking. This is to say, it’s current, it’s relevant and cannot be called boring.
It starts with what Ford calls Rave Blue accent coloring on the grille’s nostril intakes, shadow surrounds on emblems, its unique body side graphic collection and even its wheels.
In more detail up front, the aforementioned Rave Blue accent pieces are set in a unique flat black grille featuring horizontal slats and unique blue GT/CS emblem. Headlights surrounds are black to set off the look. At the rear is a unique GT emblem with Rave Blue shadowing.
Its side graphics feature a fresh look for 2024 with a combination of blue and shades of both flat and gloss black accents that have the words California Special micro printed in a pattern that creates a shading effect. Neat.
The wheels are really what sets it all off, especially if you opt for the GT Performance Pack. The standard wheel is a 19-inch Carbonized Gray alloy with a GT/CS logo printed in Rave Blue. Optioning for the Performance Pack gets you a visually impactful 10-inch wheel with blue painted pockets that really makes it hard not to see coming down the street.
Because of the wild Rave Blue accents, the colors available with the package are limited to Iconic Silver as shown in our video, Shadow Black , Oxford White, Atlas Blue which is my favorite, Grabber Blue, Dark Matter Gray, Vapor Blue, and Carbonized Gray.
The interior though is where the California Special really gets, well……special. It has stunning Navy Pier and Black leather upholster and trims throughout which really set it apart. Contrast stitching runs literally everywhere from the seats, the doors, to the console, dual color steering wheel and the dash.
The look is completed with special GT/CS logo on the dash on special floor mats. It’s a lot to see and likely won’t be everyone’s favorite. I like blue, so I love the look.
To get one of these costs a bit extra. Ford says the California Special is $1,995 and requires a Mustang GT Premium in either fastback or convertible body choices. Most factory choices are available such as manual or automatic transmission, GT Performance Pack and a lot of other stand-alone options and packages.
The 2024 Mustang GT California Special will make its first public showing at the Los Angeles Auto Show. If you want one, order banks are open now. You can build it and check out all the options and colors and total pricing on the Ford website now.