Virginia and North Carolina got their own territorial special in 1968 and it was known as the Mustang Cardinal Edition. It, like the other territorial specials was made up of largely dealer-installed cosmetic upgrades.
All Cardinal Specials included the Sprint Package A equipment, standard black interior, red or white exterior, and a unique diamond shaped emblem affixed to the C-pillar. White cars came with a red C-stripe and red cars came with a black C-stripe. The Cardinal Specials were advertised with the 200 cubic-inch six cylinder but there have been reports of V-8s being available as well.