Richard Petty's own Ford Mustang
Everyone knows who Richard Petty is. The King got his name from his 200 wins and seven championships on the top rung of NASCAR's ladder, not only dominating stock car racing in the 1960s and 1970s, but also helping create and define NASCAR in the early days along with his father Lee. While King Richard is closely associated with Plymouth since that's what he raced most of his career, Ford fans remember the one season he raced a Torino when Plymouth refused to provide him a “winged car” to compete with the dominant Dodge Daytona. Today, Petty's NASCAR teams (with drivers Aric Almirola in the number 43 car and Brian Scott in number 44) race Fords in Sprint Cup competition, so his relationship with Ford is strong.
When Petty Enterprises moved their race shop from Level Cross, NC to Charlotte it left their former shops empty, so Richard decided to use those shops to build Petty edition cars, starting with Dodge Challengers and now Mustangs. Petty's Garage unveiled its latest custom Mustang at the Mustang Club of America's 40th Anniversary at the equally legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 3, 2016, and Mustang-360 was there.
Petty's Garage is building 500 “King Edition” 2017 Mustang GTs, but the car unveiled at the MCA show is the special 80th Tribute Edition car, a specially painted, 825-horsepower monster to kick off the 10-month tribute to Richard's 80th birthday on July 3, 2017. There will be 43 of the 80th Tribute cars built (if you have to ask why they're building 43, you haven't been paying attention!)—20 have already been pre-sold and number 43 was just given to Richard by his daughters, who were present at the unveiling.
The Petty's Garage (PG) 80th Tribute Mustangs have specific (and we think tasteful and attractive) paint jobs incorporating the signature Petty Blue color, as well as a Whipple-supercharged 5.0 that cranks out 825 horsepower, PG rear fascia with center exhaust (personally designed by The King himself), a PG/Magnaflow axle-back exhaust, a PG race-inspired spoiler, a Level 5 rear axle upgrade, a PG short-throw shifter with a PG logoed ball, PG three-way adjustable coil-overs and sway bars, a PG big brake upgrade, PG upper and lower mesh grilles, a PG “Competition wheel hop reduction bushing upgrade,” TMI upholstery, and Petty's Garage badging in several places. The wheels are polished PG/Forgelines sized 20x9.5 (front) and 20x11 (rear) with Continental ProContact tires (255/35-20 and 305/30-20 respectively). Finally, there's a Richard Petty autographed (after the car goes through quality control) dash plate numbered to the vehicle, and a Petty's Garage serialized VIN plate attached to the strut mount under the hood.
The car that was unveiled at IMS costs $79,995 (and has already been sold, going to its new owner in Columbus, Ohio after the show), but you can option them up and hit $100,000. Like we said, as we write this on September 3, 2016, 20 have been sold and Richard gets number 43, so there are 22 left. Petty's Garage Mustangs can be purchased through Ford dealers (go to Pettys-Garage.com to find a dealer near you), and you can get into a Petty Garage 2017 Ecoboost Mustang for as low as $34,000.