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Title: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: Bigfoot on January 20, 2018, 10:32:28 PM
With Kiwi car.

(http://www.saacforum.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=133.0;attach=307;image)
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: Bigfoot on January 21, 2018, 02:10:26 PM
Same car

(http://www.saacforum.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=133.0;attach=448;image)
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: calspcl on January 22, 2018, 11:30:11 AM
Couple of pics from my 390, 4 speed - GT car, a fun driver!
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: Spicoli on January 27, 2018, 11:07:58 PM
Couple of pics from my 390, 4 speed - GT car, a fun driver!

Very nice, great color!
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: Richstang on July 11, 2018, 11:09:06 PM
If you told me you had a Sea Foam Green Mustang for sale I'd would already be running before you finished your sentence...
That said, this one is just so Freakin Cool!
 8)

(http://www.saacforum.com/gallery/204-110718230654.jpeg)
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: Side-Oilers on July 11, 2018, 11:17:45 PM
I think Biggie's car has something special under the hood.
 
Saw it at SAAC Fontana in '13.   Sweeeeeeet!!
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: SNAKEBIT on September 11, 2018, 10:25:32 PM
Is anyone interested in starting a thread with pics and the history of the High Country Specials?
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: Bigfoot on September 12, 2018, 07:56:20 AM
I think Biggie's car has something special under the hood.
 
Saw it at SAAC Fontana in '13.   Sweeeeeeet!!

That’s right Van. And our friend Kiwi worked on it a bit before I had it shipped here!
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: Bigfoot on September 12, 2018, 07:57:46 AM
Is anyone interested in starting a thread with pics and the history of the High Country Specials?

Feel free to post pics here for High Country Special vehicles if you like.
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: SNAKEBIT on September 17, 2018, 04:03:58 PM
Bigfoot, thanks. I have a few pics I've saved to my pics. I like the wheels and hub caps on this red one. Is this a very desirable wheel combination?
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: Richstang on September 17, 2018, 05:32:41 PM
Bigfoot, thanks. I have a few pics I've saved to my pics. I like the wheels and hub caps on this red one. Is this a very desirable wheel combination?

The painted steel rims are an older custom trend that has faded away. I would think its a sign of an older restoration.
They would usually be argent (reflective?) silver or chrome rims if I'm correct.

Here's a HCS from the Ford Nationals at Carlisle, PA a few years back.
With the CJ it's 1 of 9!

Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: SNAKEBIT on September 17, 2018, 07:00:01 PM
Really! These little cars could be ordered with a big-block engine? Wow. 1 of 9 is amazing. Nice red, too. Were these Special cars 1968 models only? Yes?
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: Richstang on September 17, 2018, 07:41:26 PM
Really! These little cars could be ordered with a big-block engine? Wow. 1 of 9 is amazing. Nice red, too. Were these Special cars 1968 models only? Yes?

The GT/CS was a 1968 only model, but the High Country Special was made in earlier years. Notice the unique crest on the front fender.

Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: Bigfoot on September 17, 2018, 07:43:51 PM
Really! These little cars could be ordered with a big-block engine? Wow. 1 of 9 is amazing. Nice red, too. Were these Special cars 1968 models only? Yes?

Very few had the 428.
A decent handful had the 390 ,.. available in both 2v or 4v varieties
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: Bigfoot on September 17, 2018, 07:44:27 PM
I think all the 390-2v cars were automatic
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: SNAKEBIT on September 17, 2018, 08:08:51 PM
Cool. I didn't know the HCS were made earlier, like in '66 and that you could have it in a fastback model. What years were the HCS made? Just '66?
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: J_Speegle on September 18, 2018, 05:17:42 PM
I think all the 390-2v cars were automatic

+1

Cool. I didn't know the HCS were made earlier, like in '66 and that you could have it in a fastback model. What years were the HCS made? Just '66?

66 through 68
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: SNAKEBIT on September 19, 2018, 11:10:51 PM
Wow. That might be a car worth looking into, after I get my '70 Shelby 'vert.
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: Doug C on September 20, 2018, 12:26:45 AM
Cool. I didn't know the HCS were made earlier, like in '66 and that you could have it in a fastback model. What years were the HCS made? Just '66?

I am a big fan of the CS and HCS and even had a 68 with 390, auto and air.  I sold it to get my current 66 Hertz.   

What I did not know is that you could get a fastback; are we sure about that?  I am not disputing what had been said it’s just that I have never seen or heard of one.

Thanks
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: J_Speegle on September 20, 2018, 01:31:17 AM
What I did not know is that you could get a fastback; are we sure about that?  I am not disputing what had been said it’s just that I have never seen or heard of one.

In 68 only coupes were available as High Country Specials since the program sort of piggy-backed on the California Special project that that point before it died after that year.

Guess you could have ordered a 67 390 fastback as one but not sure anyone did. Registry guys or Kevin Marti might know. Would have been a bit expensive I would guess  plus the 66-67 color choices aren't always popular with allot of people today.
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: 98SVT - was 06GT on September 20, 2018, 03:43:12 AM
Is there a registry? My sister had a red w/blk stripes GT/CS CA lic # ZAZ235 (don't know why I remember that) 302 auto. She bought it a few months after the 69s were out so she got it cheap. It got Tboned and they fixed it. When it got hit it opened the door gap on the passenger side to about 3/4 of an inch. The AC vent on the drivers side never fit right after it got hit. I've still got the fog lights in the garage. I took them off for my new 70 Roadrunner before she sold it. Pretty sure they are the Lucas ones.
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: J_Speegle on September 20, 2018, 04:16:54 AM
Is there a registry? ....................


Yes one for each special

http://www.californiaspecial.com/resources.htm (http://www.californiaspecial.com/resources.htm)
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: SNAKEBIT on September 20, 2018, 10:02:53 AM
Well, I just visited the GT/CS HCS registry and there were never any fastback or convertible ones made; only coupes. Any Mustang engine could be had, from the 200-428. It's a neat site. Check it out.
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: Richstang on September 20, 2018, 10:40:02 AM
Well, I just visited the GT/CS HCS registry and there were never any fastback or convertible ones made; only coupes. Any Mustang engine could be had, from the 200-428. It's a neat site. Check it out.

As mentioned before, the coupe was only available in the '68 model year for both the GT/CS and HCS. (The GT/CS was a '68 only model)

The HCS in '66 & '67 was available in all models. I've seen fastbacks, convertibles, and coupes in those years.


Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: SNAKEBIT on September 21, 2018, 12:09:02 AM
This guy, who runs the site, states no fastback models have been documented, as of yet. I'll go back and re-read what he wrote. It's part of his section of misinformation. I forget what he calls it.
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: SNAKEBIT on September 21, 2018, 12:13:24 AM
Fact or Myth? - FAQ's about the 1968 GT/CS & HCS

Following are a few of the most commonly asked questions and misconceptions about the 1968 GT/CS and HCS cars. Many of these "myths" have been misreported in so many books and magazines that they've become accepted as facts.
Please note: The term "GT/CS" as used below includes both the California Specials and 1968 High Country Specials unless noted otherwise.

Fact or Myth?
"All GT/CS's were coupes."

Fact: The coupe (or hard top) was the only body style used for the GT/CS. No convertibles and no fastbacks. It makes perfect sense that a car made primarily for the California market would be a convertible, but Ford didn't always make sense...And they didn't make a convertible GT/CS. Rumors have been spread, but to date a documented convertible has not been found.
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: J_Speegle on September 21, 2018, 04:04:28 AM
There have been a number of convertibles locally but that was before we started to look at or record VIN's. Sure wish I had so I might be able to figure out where they came from but at this point no record of anything but coupes built at San Jose. Did spend a fair amount of time looking through original ads hoping to find a dealership locally maybe selling their own conversions in 68 but never found anything. Still hold out a small sliver of hope I will find the answer so day :)

Oh well
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: Bigfoot on September 21, 2018, 09:21:27 AM
Sounds like a “jump ball” for now.
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: J_Speegle on September 21, 2018, 02:24:37 PM
Sounds like a “jump ball” for now.

Don't even think it's gotten that far ;)   Just a possibility and something that has bugged me since the early 80's. What always got me was that even way back then none of the examples locally were hot rodded in any way and one would think that if someone was building a fake and as a convertible someone  would have installed headers, aftermarket wheels, an after market radio, factory colors ..... something other than as they would have been built if they built any. Especially way back then.  Just didn't/doesn't seem to fit the idea that these were all home made by multiple people. Was playing with Mustangs at the time but came from a drag racing, customizing, and restoring older cars background

Maybe one day one will pop back up - they had to go somewhere
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: SNAKEBIT on September 22, 2018, 02:24:37 PM
Ok. Well, I'll have to go by what has been found and proven as reliable evidence of what does and truly exist as of now. I will just have to cite what I read elsewhere. Cheers!
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: 68cobra427 on October 29, 2018, 12:25:14 PM
Only 68 Coupes . I have owned 6 of them. All California Specials. I really wished they did make a convertible. Because they did not, I made one. All the fiberglass is off a wrecked GT/CS. Hood is repo 67 Shelby.

I put a tripower on the car. 347 stroker.


Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: SNAKEBIT on November 09, 2018, 02:48:19 PM
Nice car. I wish they made a convertible, too. I take it, those are repro wheels? They look new.
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: honker on November 09, 2018, 03:58:27 PM
California Special at Torgerson Ford, Crescent City, California. I think this is from one of those ads that dealers had high school students posing with the car ?
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: Coralsnake on November 09, 2018, 07:42:26 PM
(http://www.saacforum.com/gallery/8-091118194120.png)
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: SNAKEBIT on November 09, 2018, 10:32:10 PM
This is a great thread. Any more postings for the High Country Specials?
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: J_Speegle on November 09, 2018, 11:14:34 PM
............did we agree that there were no fastback models made?

As long as you focus just on the 68 production year ;)
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: Coralsnake on November 10, 2018, 07:49:22 AM
The AD KING grants your wish

(http://www.saacforum.com/gallery/8-101118074830.png)
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: Richstang on November 10, 2018, 11:28:43 AM
Here's a FAKE GT/CS. It appears to be a fastback, but is actually a convertible with a fastback hardtop roof added. Notice the convertible windshield moldings, convertible roll bar, and odd door window openings.

Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: SNAKEBIT on November 10, 2018, 07:55:44 PM
Here is the section about the '66-'67 HCSs. http://californiaspecial.com/1966-67-HCS-identification.htm
Jeff needs to say "OOPS" here.  ::) :-\
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: J_Speegle on November 11, 2018, 06:46:59 PM
Here is the section about the '66-'67 HCSs. http://californiaspecial.com/1966-67-HCS-identification.htm
Jeff needs to say "OOPS" here.  ::) :-\

If your referring to my post above (reply #35) - that is why I specified that as long as the question only referred to 1968 High Country Specials ;)

Well aware of the fastbacks built in the earlier years

Quote from the web page you linked "This a key difference from the later 1968 versions which were only available as coupes."
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: honker on January 06, 2019, 11:33:01 PM
Caught this one, but didn't think to get the vin, at the Autofest show, in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, just east of Toronto in 2009. I have a couple of others that I'll post later from shows in this area.
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: Side-Oilers on January 06, 2019, 11:35:16 PM
Extra sweet in black!
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: prototypefan on January 07, 2019, 12:18:19 AM
wild louvered hood scoop and regular hood pins

gotta love the black!!!
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: Bigfoot on January 07, 2019, 09:58:46 AM
^^
I have this great memory of Kiwi and I working on mine (Black) in his backyard,..bending a new fuel line to go from pump to carb. Then fussing with a few more details before going for a ride. Great times.
Nice looking car.
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: honker on January 07, 2019, 11:01:23 PM
Interesting read on this GT/CS.

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/autos/enthusiasts/the-dollar7000000-mustang/ar-BBGjdY1?li=AAggFp5&%2525253Bocid=mailsignout
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: prototypefan on January 07, 2019, 11:20:08 PM
Interesting read on this GT/CS.

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/autos/enthusiasts/the-dollar7000000-mustang/ar-BBGjdY1?li=AAggFp5&%2525253Bocid=mailsignout

A great story......it just sold on Bring a Trailer

It had some really strange modifications.....the front end has the craziest helper springs.....it had one of those old style pick up bug deflectors, mounted in aluminum rail.....sadly it was removed.....almost as unique as the owner was.
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: SNAKEBIT on January 09, 2019, 10:00:59 AM
Wow, that was a very interesting story. I wonder how long they had been buying and hording those gold coins? The new owner should've replaced the exhaust system with a factory replacement, because of how untouched the car is with such low mileage.
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: Richstang on January 09, 2019, 11:04:57 AM
High Country Specials convertible and fastback
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: prototypefan on January 11, 2019, 12:18:15 AM
Just bought an S code 4 spd car......hopefully will be able to sort a few things out and get some miles on this summer

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1968-Ford-Mustang-GT-CS-390-S-Code-4-speed-A-C-/123301874139?nordt=true&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.m43663.l10137

Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: Stillakid54 on January 11, 2019, 08:48:04 AM
Congratulations, looks great!
Title: Re: Share your 68 GT/CS photos
Post by: propayne on January 11, 2019, 12:22:36 PM
Yes, congrats - that is a very cool Mustang!

- Phillip