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California Mustang to sally forth in SA

• Ford SA to launch 2022 Mustang California Special

• 100 units to be 330kW, five-litre, V8 Fastbacks

• Enthusiasts to get 10-speed auto transmission

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PRETORIA, South Africa – The quintessential style of West Coast America – Ford’s Mustang California Special – is on the way to South African with some styling bits bringing memories of the 1968 original.

The Special for South Africa will be will be the Fastback coupé but limited to 100 units, each with badging and detailing, 19-inch alloy wheel rims special California Special decals and a 330kW V8 petrol engine spinning a 10-speed auto transmission.

”The cabin,” Ford SA told The Corner, ”was designed to liberate the fun of an open road while the shell will shout ‘California Special’ with exclusive detailing.”

‘STRONG RESONANCE’

Doreen Mashinini, marketing manager for Ford SA, added: “The California Special has become a huge part of the Mustang’s legacy in America and symbolises so much of what ‘Mustang’ stands for –  joy of driving and freedom of the open road.

”Such ideals resonate just as strongly with Mustang fans in South Africa s we decided it was time for buyers to experience the unique blend of style, performance, and driving fun.”

TIME FOR A LITTLE HISTORY…

When the Mustang first hit the streets in 1964 (did you know it was originally designed for female drivers!), clubs sprang up across America and many regional dealers created their own personalised designs.

One, The Corner was told – was inspired by a 1967 Shelby GT notchback coupé prototype that came to be known as the California Special. Duly impressed, Ford put a limited number into production for 1968.

The newest interpretation copies the original: black honeycomb grille, red GT/CS badge. The stripes run from the front to rear and (look closely!) a hidden ‘California Special’ script almost invisible in low light but prominent in sunlight.

Eight exterior colours are said to add visual flair – such as Atlas Blue and Cyber Orange. Local pricing and further details will be available at launch later in 2022.

SALES CHART LEADER

‘Historically,” Ford SA told The Corner, ”the Mustang is revered among car enthusiasts and many owners and fans gather on April 17 2022 to celebrate World Mustang Day. It’s no surprise that this legendary car continues to lead the sales charts.

”It was the world’s best-selling sport coupé for a seventh consecutive year in 2021 with deliveries in 146 countries.”

LOCAL FORD REPORTS…

Ford SA  asserts that the Mustang is still in a class of its own. “The model held 87% of the sport car segment through 2021 – 3613 were delivered at the bottom of Africa.

Mashinini again: “The success of the standard Mustang and the addition of limited-edition variants such as the Mustang Mach 1 (introduced 2021) which certainly added to the appeal of what is undeniably one of the world’s most recognizable and revered automotive nameplates.”

Image: Ford SA
AND THEREBY HANGS A SPECIAL TAIL. The 2022 Ford Mustang. Image: Supplied

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