1999 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP- Richard Petty Concept
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Petty Enterprises, Richard Petty wanted to create a special "Limited Edition" NASCAR Pontiac that his fans could buy directly from their local Pontiac dealer. The project was conceived by Indy 500 winner Danny Sullivan who teamed with Bruce Canepa to create this one of a kind concept car. Petty was personally involved in the design, and approved every design element and performance upgrade.
GM supplied a new Pontiac Grand Prix GTP, and then asked their performance division Delphi to develop special engine upgrades specifically for this car. The Delphi modifications increased the standard 240-horsepower supercharged V6 engines output to an impressive 300-horsepower. The transmission, suspension and brakes have all been upgraded to handle the increase in power.
Other modifications include custom one-off aluminum wheels, special painted Petty graphics, full leather front and rear seats with Petty's embroidered signature, leather door cards with 50th anniversary plaque, stainless steel front grilles, hand-formed stainless steel exhaust tips, custom carbon fiber trim in the interior and engine bay, and a custom cold air intake.
Once underway, excitement for the project extended beyond GM and the design team with Canepa's friend and colleague Chip Foose coming on board to design the graphic elements, and to collaborate on color selections.
Upon completion the team, along with Richard Petty, presented the car to Pontiac and received rave reviews. It looked like the project was well on the way to becoming a reality until the bean counters got into the act. Ultimately the project was put on hold, and this car would become the only Richard Petty Grand Prix GTP produced.
Pontiac returned the car to Canepa, and it remains today in its original presentation condition - absolutely spectacular and show ready. The car comes with original signed photographs with Petty, Sullivan, and Canepa posing with the car.
Concept cars are almost never offered for sale to the general public let alone one that was authorized by a true living legend. This is a true factory Hot Rod with prototype parts and technology not seen outside of Detroit. If you love NASCAR and Richard Petty then you can't pass up a once in a lifetime chance to own a unique piece of The King's legacy.
Custom fabricated NASCAR style stainless steel upper & lower grille screens (brushed / clearcoat finish).
Carbon/Kevlar NASCAR style rear deck lid spoiler with buttonhead stainless steel hardware.
Custom Exterior Color Finishes - Petty Blue Pearl Metallic over Candy Tangerine Orange and White accents. Including custom painted Richard Petty signatures (side lower rockers & deck lid) and Petty #43 numbers (lower rockers).
Custom designed Connolly leather throughout (graphite), including front and rear seats with Richard Petty embroidered signature panels. Driver and passenger leather door panel inserts with integrated Petty 50th Anniversary engraved plaques. (Each plaque includes Limited Edition designation, race win, date, and vehicle number).
Additional Connolly leather appointments include front seat base covers, rear seat side trim panels and armrests, center console armrest, steering wheel, shift knob and boot.
Carbon fiber instrument housing, center console panel and cup holder, door pulls, door handle surrounds and switch bezels.
Canepa Design front and rear luxury floor carpets and trunk mat including embroidered Petty logo.
300 H.P. Supercharged 3.8 liter V6 including upgraded fuel system, computer programming and high-flow air intake system.
Carbon fiber engine cover with Richard Petty signature and #43 number graphic.
Transmission performance upgrade including increased RPM shift points and low gear torque mode.
Cat-Back High-Flow stainless steel dual exhaust system with custom fabricated brushed stainless steel NASCAR style exhaust tips.
Lowered high-performance coil springs and gas pressure shock struts. Front tower support strut and rear anti-roll bar. Upgraded 4-wheel disc brakes with 12 front vented rotors and 11 rear rotors.
NASCAR style machined aluminum alloy wheels 19 x 8-1/2 (clearcoat finished).
Goodyear High-Performance Low-profile Z rated tires (255/40ZRI9 Eagle Fl)