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Mustang got a new grille in 1968. The horizontal bars were removed and chrome trim was added, and the corral around the pony was thinner than in '67. The side scoops were thin chrome pieces, and "Mustang" on the fenders was written in script rather than block letters. 1968 was the first year for shoulder seat belts.
Ford's larger 427 was introduced on 1968 Mustang GTs. Combined with the GT's standard front disc brakes, performance tires, heavy-duty suspension, and dual exhaust with chrome quad outlets, the engine elevated this pony car it its raciest version yet. New cosmetics also were included for 1968, with new styled steel wheels in chrome or painted silver with special GT hub caps, and new "C" stripe that accented the side scoop.
The 428 Cobra Jet was introduced on April 1, 1968. A Ram Air induction setup was installed, as noted by the hood scoop and black hood stripe. The transmission options were a 4-speed manual or six-speed automatic. There was an initial run of 50 units inspired by Ford dealer and Mustang racer Bob Tasca's efforts, but eventually 2,253 CJ Fastbacks and 564 CJ coupes were produced.
The West Coast-only Mustang GT/California Special was available in 1968. The car was available only in coupe form. The Shelby-inspired car had the same grille, fog lamps, and rear fascia as the Shelby models from that year. "GT/CS" was printed on the Shelby-style side scoops. The wheels were the same as GT wheels, but without the GT center caps. Only 251 High Country Specials were produced, and they were all coupes. For more information on California and High Country Specials visit CaliforniaSpecial.com.
Though there were four Shelby Mustang convertibles made in 1966 and one in 1967, 1968 was the first year there were widely available, if you consider 518 cars to be widely available. Shelby used the KR moniker on the '68 GT500 KR because of the rumors that Chevy was planning to use it on a competing model. Rectangular fog lights replaced the round ones from '67, and the Thunderbird taillights flashed sequentially with the turn signals engages. The G.T. 350 was bumped from the 289 in '67 to a 302 in '68, and the 500s kept the 489. The GT500KR was powered by a 428 Cobra Jet. Only 517 GT500 KR Convertibles were made, making hem one of the rarest and most valuable Mustangs ever produced.