Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
February 9, 2011
Photos By: Bill Erdman

To wrap up the show-worthy upgrades, John worked some magic on the exterior of the hardtop to wow the judges further. The '73 got a NASA-style hood with a Mach 1-style paint design in Argent Silver and chrome hood locks, but before the paint was put away, the chin spoiler, grille, rear spoiler, and taillight panel all got a touch of the gray stuff. The body was dropped 2 inches all around and 15-inch Magnums wrapped in BFG Radial T/As, and a set of spinners were mounted. Sequential LED taillights and dual chrome exhaust tips are what the competition sees out back.

Over the last few years, the hardtop has taken First Place awards in every MCA National and Grand National event it was entered. When not cleaning up at the show field, the '73 shares garage space with John's '07 Mustang GT/CS. Yep, like most of us, John and Anelle have a classic and late-model Mustang appreciation. It's not often we get to see one-owner rides like the Pestrichelli's '73 hardtop, and even rarer when it's a one-owner wonder like this that has seen daily driving, the dragstrip, and the show field throughout its various lives.

The Details

John and Anelle Pestrichelli's '73 Mustang hardtop


  • 351 Cleveland
  • 4.060-inch bore
  • 3.50-inch stroke
  • Forged pistons
  • Stock I-beam rods
  • Stock nodular iron crankshaft
  • Edelbrock Performer RPM cylinder heads
  • 190cc intake runners, 60cc chambers
  • 2.05-inch intake/1.60-inch exhaust valves
  • Edelbrock Performer-Plus camshaft
  • Roller rockers
  • Moroso chrome valve covers
  • Edelbrock Performer 4V aluminum intake manifold
  • Edelbrock Performer Series 650-cfm carburetor
  • Be Cool aluminum radiator
  • Aluminum water pump
  • Cool Flex cooling hoses
  • 375 hp, 342 lb-ft torque
  • Engine work by RPM Performance Engines, Westwood, NJ


  • Ford FMX three-speed automatic
  • Shift improvement kit


  • Ford 9-inch housing
  • Traction-Lok differential
  • 28-spline axles
  • 3.50 gears


  • Stainless 2 3/4-inch dual exhaust
  • X-style crossover
  • Flowmaster mufflers
  • Chrome rolled tips


  • Front: Stock control arms, lowering springs, power steering
  • Rear: stock leaf springs, Monroe air shocks


  • Front: Stock 11.2-inch disc, single-piston caliper, power assisted
  • Rear: Stock 10-inch drum, power assisted


  • Front: Magnum 500, chrome finish, tri-bar spinner, 15x7
  • Rear: Magnum 500, chrome finish, tri-bar spinner, 15x7


  • Front: BFGoodrich Radial T/A, P225/60R15
  • Rear: BFGoodrich Radial T/A, P225/60R15


  • Custom-designed seat upholstery in blue and argent silver colors, matching blue and argent silver door panels, LeCarra steering wheel, full length console, factory air conditioning, Custom Autosound AM/FM/cassette stereo, woodgrain Pony shifter handle, custom covered padded dash in blue, blue neon underdash lighting, upholstery work by Topo Customs, Saddle Brook, NJ


  • Medium Blue Glow Metallic paint with white vinyl roof, Argent silver accents including Mach 1 hood pattern, body side striping, taillight panel, rear wing, grille, and front spoiler, NASA-style hood with chrome twist locks, polished rocker panel moldings