Because they went back to the look of the 1968 original. The rear deck script, side scoops and stripes are a remembrance of the 68‘.I think the pre refresh California Special is looking amazing. The black vents, black spoiler, rocker stripes, nice wheels and the unique darker taillights just look awesome.
The current California Special in comparison looks like a huge step back to me. Side vinyl is placed strangely, fake side vents, the letters on the rear decklid look wrong, I am not really liking the wheels, no more black elements. Really don't understand why Ford just didn't copy the 2016 CS elements
That said I would have like some of the black accents from 16’ as well. But those are easily added.