Evan J. Smith
Freelancer
February 20, 2015

Mustang and racing fans will revel in the news that Ford Motor Company and Petty’s Garage have paired recently to produce a special-edition 627-horsepower Mustang GT. The idea for the 2015 S550 Stang came from the popular Mustang Petty’s Garage had on display at last year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas.

“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.” Petty’s garage will built 100 Stage 1 Ford Mustangs, and only 43 (get it?) Stage 2 models.

The Stage 1 GT will get an appearance and performance upgrade including a unique Petty’s Garage fascia with lower driving lights and a blacked-out grille, while the rear fascia features a center-exit exhaust and a NASCAR-style spoiler. Interior upgrades come by way of custom-embroidered head restraints, floor mats and “The King” Richard Petty’s autograph on the dashboard.

Power is a key element in any special-, or limited-edition Mustang and The King’s pony is enhanced with a Ford Racing/Roush supercharger, cold air intake, custom engine calibration, and it will rumble through a MagnaFlow exhaust system. With said mods, Output reaches 627 horsepower (up from 435). It’s important to note that all powertrain modifications are covered by a Ford Racing/Roush Performance parts limited warranty; Petty’s Garage components and installation carry a 36-month, 36,000-mile warranty from Petty’s Garage.

The show and go Mustang wears specially made 20-inch Petty’s Garage HRE FlowForm wheels shod with Continental tires. According to Ford, the Stage 1 Mustang GT can be ordered in any color, with all unique bodywork painted to match in-house at Petty’s Garage.

The even-more-limited Stage 2 version (43 examples) gets improvement in braking with a Petty’s Garage Wilwood big brake upgrade, and two-tone paint scheme. Stage 2 “The Stage 2 will ride on Petty’s Garage HRE three-piece forged-aluminum wheels. Of the 43 Petty’s Garage Stage 2 Mustang GTs planned, only 42 remain, as rock ’n’ roll legend Brian Johnson has an order in for the first car,” said our source at Ford. “This Mustang has just taken my breath away,” said Johnson, lead singer for AC/DC. “It really is one of the best cars I’ve ever driven. I didn’t have an American car, but I do now!” Johnson is a pretty hardcore car enthusiast with many sweet rides in his stable.

Petty Blue—With a Twist!

Mustang fans will note that the Petty’s Garage Stage 2 Mustang GT’s paint job perfectly resembles the popular 2014 SEMA show car. More than just basic colors, the paint job was applied with “crushed-and-tumbled glass combined with iconic Petty Blue paint.” The team actually created a one-of-a-kind blue (similar to Petty Blue) that is applied on the fenders and sides of the Mustang GT, while the hood, roof and decklid gets a custom tri-coat pearlescent blend of Ford Tuxedo Black complements Petty Blue for the upper half. “The King’s legendary No. 43 is expertly ghosted into the paint on the fastback Mustang GT’s hood and C-pillar.”

Pricing was set: The Stage 1 Mustang GT carries an MSRP of $62,210, while the Stage 2 will set you back a steep $92,210. You can order the Petty Mustang GT at any Ford dealership, with the 143 models selling on a first-come basis.