Ford Motor Company and Petty’s Garage are teaming up to build a new 627-horsepower Mustang GT — a limited-edition fastback inspired by the popular Petty’s Garage Mustang GT on display at last year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas.
Two versions of the Petty’s Garage Mustang GT will be built this year; the Stage 1 version will be limited to 100 units, while the even more exclusive Stage 2 version will total 43 units.
Of the 43 Petty’s Garage Stage 2 Mustang GTs planned, only 42 remain, as AC/DC legend Brian Johnson has an order in for the first car.
“This Mustang has just taken my breath away,” said Johnson. “It really is one of the best cars I’ve ever driven. I didn’t have an American car, but I do now!”
Johnson previously stated about his love of cars: “A few years ago, AC/DC did a gig at the Nürburgring racetrack in Germany. There were 119,000 people gathered on the hills and stands. It was wonderful to stand up there with the band, but when I was on stage singing, I thought, I wish I could drive this track.
“If someone had asked me when I was a teenager whether I wanted to become a top driver or the lead singer with one of the world’s biggest rock ‘n’ roll bands, I’d have said driver. I always imagined myself as Stirling Moss or Graham Hill. Luckily, the music worked out and has meant I can live the dream of racing.
“I am often asked to compare the two. When you are strapped into a car hurtling towards the first bend, the adrenaline has to be greater than it is when you’re on stage. Maybe that’s because the risk of hurting yourself or worse on stage is not the same as in motor racing.
“I was once racing a Porsche when the engine of the car in front blew up. Driving through a wall of smoke, with oil all over the windscreen, I couldn’t see a thing. At times like that you wonder if you will emerge alive. Now I count myself as a lucky man in that I get the opportunity both to sing and to drive.”