Visitors to last fall’s SEMA show in Las Vegas were so impressed by Ford’s Mustang “experiments,” that Ford has decided to bring one of them to life in limited quantities.
Ford didn’t have much concrete to say at the time but was so impressed by the feedback that it has signed on with Petty’s Garage to build a limited edition of the Mustang GT. Actually, it’s going to build two of them. And offer them through Ford Dealerships.
“We received a tremendous amount of positive feedback about our Petty’s Garage Mustang GT displayed at the SEMA show,” said Jeff Whaley, Petty’s Garage COO. “With so much interest, we began to explore the possibility of building a limited run of the Petty’s Garage Mustang GT.”
The limited run will consist of 143 exclusive Petty’s Garage-tuned Mustang GTs, available in Stage 1 (140 units) and even more exclusive Stage 2 versions (43, available later). And one has already been bought up — a Petty’s Garage Stage 2 Mustang GT — by AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson.
“This Mustang has just taken my breath away,” said the hard-rocking Johnson. “It really is one of the best cars I’ve ever driven. I didn’t have an American car, but I do now!”
The Stage 1 Petty’s Garage Mustang GT will feature a host of custom visual and functional modifications, from a unique front end look through to the rear fascia with centre exhaust and racing-inspired spoiler. The exterior can be ordered in a variety of colours; the interior features embroidered head rests, floor mats and Richard Petty’s signature on the dash, accented to match the exterior.
On the functional side, all Petty’s Garage Mustang GTs get power from the Mustang GT 5.0-litre V8, custom calibrated and fitted with a Ford Racing/Roush supercharger and MagnaFlow exhaust to provide 627 horsepower. Road grip is provided by Continental performance rubber mounted on custom 20-inch Petty’s Garage HRE FlowForm wheels.
The Stage 2 version features an exterior custom Petty Blue two-tone paint job (pearlescent Ford Tuxedo Black tops off the blue crushed-and-tumbled glass mix on the bottom half), with Petty’s legendary number 43 ghosted on the hood and C-pillar. Petty’s Garage Wilwood big brake upgrade and HRE three-piece forged-aluminum wheels, provide the functional upgrades.
There’s no word on whether any of the first-come, first-served limited edition run will make it north of the border. The Petty’s Garage Stage 1 Mustang GT carries an MSRP of $62,210, while the Stage 2 car adds $30,000. Orders can be placed at any Ford dealership.