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Old 05/24/2004, 11:44 AM   #1
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California Special - Type of Font Used

Does anyone know what type of font was used for the California Special script?

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Old 05/24/2004, 06:49 PM   #2
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Re:California Special - Type of Font Used

The chrome side script really isnn't a "font" as such, but was hand lettered by the company that made the emblems: ACSCO Products of Burbank, CA. ACSCO made the Cobra roadster emblems, Shelby emblems, and even the '67 hood cables, '68 Shelby and GT/CS hood pins, and '69-'70 Shelby Hood pins (also used on the '70 Hurst Olds). I have a blueprint of the CS side script, and a copy of it appeared in my first (1988) book.

Ford didn't like the idea of script, but they relented, and in doing so only gave ACSCO 2 weeks to hand make sets for the prototype cars for the Feb 15th unveiling. You see....Ford wanted a stripe around the tail of the GT/CS like the "Super Bee"( that also came out in the spring of '68). The Calif . Ford dealers didn't like that, and said no script--no car. So, Ford let then have the script.

The stripe "cutout" GT/CS lettering isn't a font either--as that was hand lettered by Shelby Automotive in Michigan. The closest font used could be one called "Claredon".

Since I'm also a graphic artist, I've had a side interest in what they used.

Just some FYI for ya.

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Old 05/24/2004, 11:15 PM   #3
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