Massimo Ranieri’s 1966 Ford Mustang

Massimo Ranieri bought his Ford Mustang from the USA as an unfinished project

Photographers: Greg Forster

This article on Massimo’s Mustang and Falcon was first published in the December 2018 issue of Street Machine

“I PURCHASED the originally Ivory Gold ’66 Mustang in February 2012 as an unfinished project from the USA. It was in primer, but came with all the new chrome bolt-ons, lights and interior, along with the original 289 and C6 auto.

We stroked the 289 out to 347ci, pushing out 450-500hp. The motor runs a Comp Xtreme cam, JE forged pistons, ported and decked RHS alloy heads, Holley Sniper EFI carby and MSD ignition. The 1¾-inch extractors and three-inch custom pipes are thanks to Moolap Mufflers. The strengthened C6 auto runs a 3500rpm stall, and we put a 3.55:1 nine-inch diff with 31-spline shortened axles under the rear thanks to Matt from Geelong Diffs.

The car runs Wilwood brakes all ’round, housed within Simmons FR rims –18s on the front and 19×8.5 on the rear – and she rides on Pedders suspension on all four corners.

C&N Vehicle Trimming redid the roof and stock interior in black leather with red highlights to complement the 2K black paint, which was laid on by James at Lara Panels. The car was finished earlier this year and now the family cruise in it as much as possible.

During the build, I also bought this 351-powered 1982 XE ESP, running on Pedders suspension with Simmons wheels.”

Photographers: Greg Forster