High Country HistoryLittle is known about the reasoning behind offering the High Country as a special-edition exclusive to Colorado dealers. It is true that, after the enormous success the Mustang had in its first year, the market in some parts of the country had begun to cool. It has been speculated that the High Country was introduced to re-excite interest in the brand in the Colorado region.
How to ID a High Country MustangFor the first two years it was offered, there wasn’t a lot to differentiate the High Country Mustang from any other pony car. The package could be ordered on any Columbine Blue, Aspen Gold or Timberline Green Mustang and included little more than a special badging with the running horse logo above a mountain skyline. 1966 and 1967 High Country Mustangs were produced only at Ford’s San Jose plant.
For 1968, production of the High Country Mustang became absorbed into the California Special program. Of the 4,118 California Special Mustangs produced, 251 were re-branded as “High Country Special ’68” models and sold exclusively in Colorado. As a result, instead of just the unique badging, the new High Country Special featured a number of exterior improvements and was available only as a hardtop.