Car: Ford Mustang "High Country Special"
What makes it special: The High Country Special Mustangs were manufactured from 1966 through 1968 as a special promotion vehicle for Colorado-area Ford dealers. A total of 333 were produced for 1966, 400 for 1967 and only 251 for 1968. Only 45 were painted in Candy Apple Red. ( As shown )
What made it famous: The first two years of High Country Specials were little more than special exterior colors and a triangular "HCS" emblem for all body styles. But for the 1968 model year, the HCS was only offered as a hardtop, with Shelby-style front fog lights, side scoops, and Shelby rear end treatment as also used on the more familiar Mustang California Special. Only 9 were a J-Code, 302 cu in., and a 428 Cobra-Jet V8 equipped HCS was also available.
Why I would want one: Although I am a major Ford Mustang fan, admittedly there are sooo many Mustangs out there, but the High Country Special can't be described as mainstream. At first look, it appears to be a 289 cu in, 2-barrel V8 hardtop with fancy California Special-style graphics and body treatment. It's not only a lesser known Mustang variant, but 1968 was the least amount produced. That makes it stand out more than the others.
Fun fact: 1968 Ford Mustang High Country Specials aren't common to begin with, not even in Colorado where they were originally marketed.
( 1968 Ford Mustang High Country Special photo from leakecar.com )