Limited Edition Mustang Specials from 1964 to 1973



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To be considered as a special, The Mustangs must have been ordered by Ford nationwide or a District Sales Office with a limited run and advertised to the public as such.

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1964.5 Mustang Pace Car

To celebrate the 1964 Mustang being chosen to pace the Indianapolis 500, 190 hardtop and 35 convertibles were produced for a nationwide promotion. The Pace Car replicas were delivered in Pace Car White, with white and blue appointed interiors. The cars were equipped with the 260 V8 engine, power steering, rear back-up lights and automatic transmissions. Other identifying features of the pace car replicas include pace car blue racing stripes up the center of the hood and "Official Pace Car" decals along the sides of the car. The VINs of the cars are sequentially numbered, but the DSOs reflect the dealerships that they were sent too. All of the replicas were built in April, except 10 extras that were built in May, and given a DSO of 84 for the home office. Production totaled There were 190 hardtops and 35 convertibles

1966 High Country Special

The 1966 High Country Special was a promotion that Ford in the Denver Sales District. The Mustangs came in three special colors; timberline green, columbine blue, and aspen gold. All came with special emblems that dealers were free to mount where they wanted. Only 333 were produced for the 1966 model year. They were only sold in Colorado, Wyoming, and parts of Nebraska.

1966 Anniversary Gold Mustang

Here is one little known Special known as the Anniversary Gold Mustang. It is believed that there were less than 50 of these Mustang hardtops produced to celebrate the one millionth Mustang in March of 1966. These Mustangs all decked out with special order gold paint and black deluxe "pony" interiors, were all produced at the San Jose plant and have a DSO of 331111 and have a common build date of March 29. It is not known how these Mustangs were distributed or why they were produced. It is believed that they were part of a dealer sales competition, and just one going to each of Ford's sales districts.

1966 Sprint 200

Ford celebrated one million Mustangs by its 2nd birthday and Ford decided to advertise the occasion nationally and boost sales by offering a 'unique content' model. Beginning with a standard 200 cid six-cylinder coupe, convertible or fastback, Ford added many popular Mustang options: automatic transmission, console, wire wheel covers, and some exterior trim deleted side scoop trim and pinstripes following the Mustang character line, all topped off with a chrome-plated "Sprint 200" air cleaner. These Mustangs were promoted as the Millionth Mustang Success Celebration Editions, or 'Spring Sprint' Mustangs.

1967 High Country Special

The 1967 High Country Special Mustangs once again appeared on the same special colors as 1966; timberline green, columbine blue, and aspen gold. All came with special emblems that dealers were free to mount where they wanted. The 67 HCS was available in all 3 body styles.

1967 Branded Special

The 67 Branded Special. Though not really a bonified district "special," The Branded Special was a kit distributed to Ford dealers near the end of the 1967 model year to help move the occasional Mustang on the used car lot. This kit had a black floral pattern vinyl top, red or gold side stripes and emblems on the side of the roof that had a lasso with a horse running across it and the word "Branded" above it. The items in the kit were to be added to that used Mustang and then put onto the used car lot for a "special" price. The emblems and vinyl roof kit have Ford part #s. Shown is a kit with the instruction sheet.

1967 Stallion Mustang

The 1967 Stallion, was a custom-designed Mustang sold exclusively by Mainway Ford, Toronto. Only 8 Stallions were produced, 4 had the 289 Hi-Performance engine and the remaining Stallions received a 390 from the factory. 4-speed manual trans or a C6 auto trans could be choosen according to the ads. Performance was expressed on the outside with a special paint, Stallion emblems, rear Cougar taillights, a very unique vinyl side treatment.

1967 Sports Sprint

To spark Spring new car sales, Ford offered a limited time Mustang package, called the Sports Sprint, available on all three bodystyles. The package included The GT louvered hood, full wheel covers, the exterior appearance package, a chrome air cleaner lid with a "Sports Sprint" decal, and newly available colors for the 1967 model year.This springtime special Mustang was sold alongside a specially equipped Galaxie also at a special price. The ads state "Get a 1968 Mustang at 1967 prices."

1967 Ski Country Special

The Denver dealers also created a promotional package available only on hardtops and fastbacks. Called the Ski Country Special. These Mustangs advertised in the Denver District in December of 1967. The following colors were made available: Aspen Red, Vail Blue, Winter Park Turquoise, Loveland Green and Breckenridge Yellow. This promotion was not limited to the Mustang and was available on the Galaxie, Fairlane and Bronco as well.

The Ski Country equipment included: ski rack, "coffee bar" (luggage rack), limited slip axle, special medallions, window decals, and of coarse, two snow tires.

1967 Blue Bonnet Special

Texas had a Blue Bonnet Special Mustang. Not much known here. These specially prepared hardtops were based on the 1967 Sports Sprint option and additionally painted "Blue Bonnet" blue and delivered with a blue standard interior. Affixed to each fender were unique Texas shaped medallions with "Lone Star Limited" and a running horse. Sold throughout the Dallas Sale District. All Blue Bonnet Specials will have A 6 digit DSO code beginning with 61.

1967 Indy Pacesetter

The Mustang Indy Pacesetter Special, although it does not participate officially in the 67 Indy 500. This hardtop has double stripes briefly over the door and an appropriate signature on the selector lever. My research indicates that this was an Indianapolis district only special and sold in the month of May to coincide with the Indianapolis 500.

1968 California Special - GT/SC

In 1968 the California Western Region Ford Dealers offered a limited production Mustang based on the hot Shelby Mustang GTs. The California Specials (GT/CS) is base model hardtop with the Shelby tail-end treatment, side scoops, mid-body striping, the louvered hood, fog lights displaced the usual Mustang pony and corral and chrome "California Special" script graced the rear of the quarter panel. All GT/CSs were built a the San Jose plant avaiable in any color and engine combination. The were approximately 4,325, GT/CSs. assembled. Interestingly enough, the promotion did not meet sales goals, so the California Dealers asked the Denver Sales District to help unload the special order. Hence the '68 "High Country Special" was born.

1968 High Country Special

The 1968 High Country Special was an off-shoot of the GT/CS project and differed only in that the GT/CS stripe on the side scoop got the familiar High Country badging. It is confirmed that there were 251 HCS Mustangs built. Like the GT/CS it too was available in any engine color combination desired. This years model was not limited by color as in year's past. the 68 HCS had all the distinguishing features of the California Special.

1968 Gold Nugget Special

The Gold Nugget Special is an interesting Mustang sold out of the Seattle District Sales Office in 1968. These Sunlit Yellow Mustangs totaled 525 and had unique golden plaques on the dashboard with the original owners names engraved. Along with the special yellow paint all recieved the louvered hood with black stripes. All GNS Mustangs have the DSO (74) plus four digits "1111" as well as the color code '"Y".

1968 Sprint

To help bolster sales of the Mustang, Ford offered two different Sprint Mustang packages in the spring/summer of 1968. There was a choice of Sprint Package "A" or "B". Sprint Package "A" consisted of a six cylinder or eight cylinder engine, included the C-shaped side striping, wheel lip moldings, full wheel covers and a pop-open gas cap. Package "B" consisted of an V-8 engine only, C-shaped side striping, wheel lip moldings, pop-open gas cap, argent painted Styled Steel wheels with E-70 "Wide Oval" whitewall tires and grille-mounted fog lamps. With a $110 premium over a base Mustang V-8, 25,012 Sprint Package "A" Mustangs and 15,106 Sprint Package "B" Mustangs sold within 5 months of 1968.

1968 Cardinal Special

From what I can gather in this one, The Cardinal Special was available in the Virginia/North Carolina area and consisted of a white and/or red badged Mustang. The emblem had a red Cardinal sitting on a branch with the words "Cardinal Special" within the logo. The was positioned on the rear side roof post. The Cardinal Special was An addition to the '68 Sprint package. This special was available with both the six and eight cylinder engines. This special came equipped with the 302, 4 barrel V8, automatic transmission, Firestone Wide Oval E70-14 RWL tires, a black C stripe, fog lamps, black interior, single exhaust, AM radio. It is believed that the car listed at $3300.00 from the dealer.

1968 Sunshine Special

Not much is known about the 1968 Sunshine Special. What is known is that it was sold out of the Florida Ford Sales Region and was painted any color you wanted as long as it was a shade of Yellow.

1968 Colors of the Month Mustangs (Denver Sales District)

For the first four months of 1968, Ford's Denver Sales District promoted certain colors for each month, corresponding to the holidays in each month. January's color was Black Hills Gold, Febuary and Valentine's Day claimed Passionate Pink, March with Emerald Green for St. Patrick's Day, and April's color was Eastertime Coral. These "Passionate Pink" cars are commonly known as Playboy Pink or Playmate Pink. It is estimated that only ten of these cars were built each month. On these cars, as well as other "Color of the Month" cars, the paint code was left blank.

1968, 1969 Rainbow of Colors Mustangs

Not much is known about the Rainbow Colors promotion. Rainbow Color Mustangs were sold in the San Jose and Los Angeles Districts, and also possibly in the Seattle District. This promotion took place thoughout the years of 1968 and 1969. Rainbow Mustangs were well-advertised and listed color such as Madagascar Orange, Whipped Cream, Spanish Gold, Dandelion Yellow, Hot Pink, Caribbean Coral, Forest Green, Sierra Blue, and Moss Green.

1969 Limited Edition 600

The Limited Edition 600 was a promotional unit developed by the Philadelphia sales district in May-June of 1969. The 600 consisted of special order, custom colored Mustangs in either "Flower Power Red" or "Groovy Green." This promotion was only available on hardtops or sportsroofs. Only 503 of Limited Edition 600s were produced. The Limited Edition 600 promotion coincided with Ford's national "Mustang Stampede" sales promotion. All 600s will be identified by the absence of a color code and a DSO of 16 plus 2783 through 2788 number on the door data plate. Most but not all 600s were powered by six cylinder engines, largest available was the 351-2v.

1969 Mustang "E"

A little known model was the Mustang 'E'. It was basically a standard economy minded SportsRoof model with a 250 ci. six cylinder engine, an automatic transmission with a special torque converter, and a very low, 2.33:1 rear axle ratio. Mustang 'E' lettering on the rear quarters identified this Mustang as such. It is belived that there were approximately 50 Mustang 'E's produced.

1970 Grabber Mustang

At the beginning of 1970 dealerships nationwide offered the 'Grabber' Mustang option to promote the new Grabber colors, Grabber Blue, Grabber Orange, Grabber Green or Grabber Yellow. All Grabbers were Sportsroofs with a choice of two different stripe packages. One being like the reflective '69 Boss C-stripe without the "BOSS 302" inserts. The other mimmicked the '70 stripe but started at the dual sport mirrors. This stripe had the engine designation of "302" or "351" at the leading edge of the stripe. Other features were, blackout trim paint, dog dish hub caps, trim rings and F-70 whitewall tires....a $ 148 value for only $ 83 retail. According to "Mustang by the Numbers", By Kevin Marti, there were 5120 Grabber Mustangs.

1970 ARI Pace Car Mustangs

Here is a special that never really came to be. Late in 1969 Fordıs Special Promotion Division was approached by the President of American Raceways, Inc. (ARI). Ordered were 10 High performance Mustangs, five Mach 1ıs and five convertibles. All equipped with 428 SCJ Engines and four speed tansmissions to be used as Pace Cars and Official Vehicles at ARI's tracks around the country. To capitalize on the publicity a Mustang Pace Car would create, Ford designed a Special Edition Mustang specifically for the ARI order. Distinctive side stripes and rear quarter decals having the appropriate track logo were designed. Plans called for color coordination of the tracks and pace cars. Late in the production phase of these Pace cars, ARI went bankrupt. Ford had made a large investment in a promotion destined for failure. Concurrently the Kansas City Sales District Sales Office was seeking some sort of some promotion to boost sales in that district. Unaware of the ill-fated ARI project, the Sales Office had no idea how welcomed their request was in Dearborn. Special Promotions work on the ARI project was not to be in vain, and Ford was able to leverage the efforts put into the ARI Pace Cars to create the Twister Special.

1970 Twister Special

The Twister Special was created when the Kansas City Sales District, seeking a special of thier own, ordered 100 specially equipped Mustang Mach 1s to be featured at the "Drive-Away" promotion called "Total Performance Day." This promotion at Kansas City International Raceway on November 7, 1969, featured appearances by the Ford Drag Team, Fordıs Total Performance Show and Bob Tascas High Performance Show. The promotion featured 96 Grabber Orange Mustang Mach 1s and 90 Calypso Coral SCJ Torinos specially equipped with special graphics similar to the ARI Pace Cars but featuring a large Twister on the quarter panel, and the shaker scoop option. All cars were supposed to have 428 SCJ but a shortage of big-block engines required that half of the cars be equipped with the new 351 Clevland 4-V engine. One identifying feature of these Mustangs is the extra big block shock tower reinforcements.

1970 Sidewinder Special

Not Much is yet known about the 1970 Sidewinder Special. It is a 351-4V engined, Dearborn built, Sportsroof Mustang that was sold in the Oklahoma Sales District. The Sidewinder was available in many colors with a decal similar to tford's own Cobra cartoon. These decal stripe kits came in a box in the trunk, only to be applied by the dealers willing to participate in the promotion. To date it is believed that there were about 40 cars in the promotion.

1971 Spring Sports Coupe

The "Sports Coupe". Just as the Grabbers had capitalized on the popular Boss cars, this model was dressed up to simulate a 351 Boss. 1971's Hardtop-only package retailed for $97 and incorporated a long list of desirable features: Boss side stripes (less letters), NASA hood, Mach I grille w/ 'sport' lamps, E70 x 14" whitewalls, hubcaps w/ trim rings, dual sport mirrors, and the Mach I's coordinated moulding/bumper group. Officially called the "hardtop special value package", this offer was available from March through May, 1971.

1972 Sprint "USA"

The 1972 'Sprint USA' trimmed inside and out with red, white, & blue" with a special decal on the rear quarter panels. Standard features included dual sport mirrors, hub caps with trim rings, whitewalls, and large 'USA' decals on the quarter panels....except for cars sold in Canada, where "Maple Leaf" decals & Canadian colors were applied. For Mustangs, only the coupe and sportsroof models were eligible. Although there were 50 Sprint convertibles produced. As in 1968, the packaged equipment was different for 6-cylinder and eligible V-8s. But this was an upgrade over and above engine cost, so a Mustang "B" package cost about $ 350 - more than double the cost of package "A". For the additional cost, a buyer received a set of Magnum 500s, F60 x 15" RWL tires, and the competition suspension. The Sprint package was also available on the Maverick and Pinto as well.

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