Love Richard Petty? You'll love this 627hp Ford Mustang

Ford's building 143 of these limited-edition Mustangs to commemorate the King.

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Michael Simari

Last year's edition of the aftermarket bacchanal in Vegas (SEMA) was rife with Ford's latest iteration of its venerable pony car, not the least of which was a certain GT built by Petty's Garage. (That's the show car pictured above.) Buoyed by popular opinion, Ford teamed up with the King's operation and decided to churn out a limited series of the cars, available for order at your local Ford dealer on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Limited to a total of 143 cars for 2015—100 Stage 1 examples and 43 Stage 2 cars—the Petty's Garage Mustang GTs churn out 627 horsepower courtesy of a Ford Racing/Roush blower bolted to the Coyote V8. That, if you're counting, is within spitting distance of the . The big Shelby was a sketchy, occasionally terrifying rascal; based on the goodness baked into the new GT's chassis, 600- horses should be a much more manageable proposition in the Petty car.

A center-exit exhaust system from Magnaflow takes care of gaseous evacuation, while up front the car is treated to a custom front fascia. Inside, you get Richard Petty's John Hancock on the dash, custom floor mats, and embroidered headrests. 20-inch HRE wheels shod with Continental tires round out the package. The run of 100 is available in any Mustang color.

The Stage 2 builds on the Stage 1 cars with big Wilwood stoppers under three-piece HRE wheels. Stage 2s are also finished with a custom two-tone paint job that mimics the show car's; it features pearlized Ford Tuxedo Black over Petty Blue blended with crushed and tumbled glass. King Richard's omnipresent No. 43 is ghosted onto the hood and C-pillar.

The first example, a Stage 2 car, was purchased by noted hat-wearer and car nut Brian Johnson of AC/DC, leaving a mere 42 up for grabs.

The price? $62,210 for the Stage 1, roughly in line with the old GT500. If, however, you can't live without the three-piece wheels and fancy paint, be prepared to lay down $30,000 more. To quote Bon Scott, Johnson's predecessor in AC/DC, that's a whole lotta rosie.

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