What Is the Challenger Mustang Special?Last Updated July 21, 2021 | Andrew Boyle
The 1968 Challenger Special offered budget-conscious drivers a way to add more power and performance to the base 1968 Mustang. This package was limited to dealerships in Mississippi and featured a set of Shelby intakes and 4118 Holley carburetor.
Available only in Grabber Orange and featuring a black hood stripe and tornado decal, the Mustang Twister Special is highly sought after by collectors. Based on the already powerful 1970 Mach 1, the Twister Special added a drag pack suspension and either a Super Cobra Jet Ram Air engine or the new 351 CID Cleveland V8. The Twister saw revivals in 1985 and 2008.
The Shelby Green Hornet is one of the rarest and most remarkable Shelby Mustangs of all time. Originally developed in 1967 as a prototype for the California Special Mustang, the Green Hornet ended up at Shelby-American where it underwent many modifications. The Green Hornet Mustang is valued at over $3 million.
2005 saw the introduction of a truly "limited-edition" Mustang, available only in San Diego, CA, the San Diego Special Mustang. Not only did it feature an upgraded exhaust, V6 engine, rear spoiler and special badging throughout, but also gleaming chrome spinner wheels and a booming Shaker stereo system.
With a design inspired by Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning, this 2015 Mustang GT dubbed the F-35 Lightning II Edition Mustang was auctioned off for $200,000 to help benefit the EAA's Young Eagles program. This special edition Mustang features a fighter-jet style yellow and black tail end with "F-35" in large lettering across the rear panel.