Legendary NASCAR driver Richard Petty has owned/operated Petty’s Garage for some time now, and we’ve seen several special edition Ford Mustang models emerge from the outfit in that time. That includes this special and rather rare 2017 Ford Mustang Petty’s Garage King Premier Edition, which was created to celebrate The King’s 80th birthday. Now, one of the 43 produced is set to cross the block at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction in January.
This particular Petty’s Garage King Premier Edition Mustang is actually the second one produced of those 43, and the first made publicly available, so it’s obviously a special example. But it also has just 1,615 miles on the clock, so it’s essentially brand new as well. These cars came packing a slew of upgrades that encompass everything from appearance to performance, so there’s quite a bit to take in here.
We’ll start under the hood, where the special Mustang sports a 5.0L Coyote V8 that’s been treated to a Whipple 2.9L supercharger that helps it produce a whopping 825 horsepower. Shifts are handled the old fashioned way via an MT82 six-speed manual transmission with a Barton short-throw shifter, which sends power back to the rear differential that has been fortified with Ford Performance axles.
The Coyote breathes through a set of American Racing long-tube headers and a Magnaflow axle-back exhaust with a center exit tip. The suspension and brakes have been upgraded as well, with a list of components including adjustable sway bars, Wilwood disc brakes at all four corners, and 20-inch Petty’s Garage Forgeline wheels wrapped in Continental Extreme Sport tires.
Moving to the exterior, it’s quite clear that the Petty’s Garage King Premier Edition Mustang is something special. It’s finished in silver, red, and Petty Blue, which pays homage to the 1996 25th Anniversary Number 43 STP Richard Petty NASCAR racing livery. There are also quite a few aero bits here, including a wicker bill rear spoiler and hood callouts.
Inside, the black interior has received a host of custom touches including an aluminum shift knob, embroidered floor mats, a serialized dash plaque, and the signature of the man himself. Add it all up, and we’ve got a pretty special Mustang here, and one that’s virtually guaranteed to stick out from the sea of modified pony cars already out there in the world.