What happens when you mix a lightweight body with a high-powered 427?   Ford set out to find out with this 1966 Fairlane, and the results were awesome.    This Fairlane does not look like anything special, being completely devoid of racy looking stripes or fancy trim, but the giveaway is the scooped lift-off hood and the discreet 427 badges on the fenders.    This car is boasting lightweight aluminum and fiberglass panels from front to back, and has been assembled without creature comforts inside.   However, it was fitted with the R-Code dual 4-barrel side-oiler 427, a 425 HP race engine for the street.     The R-Code rumbles thanks to the high compression pistons and lumpy cam, and the 4-speed manual box and 3.89 gears help it get out of the hole.    Which is what this car was designed to do, in the form of Super Stock drag racing.   Ford only built 57 of these in 1966, and this one lives among many other unique and low-production factory racers in the Brothers Collection.   

This week, we are spotlighting a car that does not appear to be very special at first glance.  After all, Ford made over 420,000 1965 Galaxies, most of which were plain Jane four-door sedans. However, this one is special.  The similarity between "humdrum" and "hang on" occurs the moment you open the hood to find a 427 cube R-Code dual quad V-8 cranking out over 425 hp through a factory four-speed transmission.   This is an R-Code 427 four-speed car from the factory, the only one known in the Galaxie registry.   This car proves that the Brothers Collection has more than a few tricks up their sleeves!

In this 2 part special episode of Muscle Car Of The Week, we hear from David Phelan about what it was like to pilot a 289 Competition Cobra in the '67 SCCA season.     The car he drove has since been restored, but the original aluminum body is in the Brothers Collection, and we reunited David with the body to learn first hand what it was like to race one of these awesome cars.

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The Shelby G.T. 350H is a very special Shelby as, it was used as a rental race car available through Hertz rental car stores in '66.    Featuring the 306 HP 289, it was just as capable as the "regular" G.T. 350 available at Ford dealers.     There were 1000 ordered by Hertz, but this is one of 2 that were refused by Hertz and was never used as a rental.    Truly a rare and significant example from the Brothers Collection!

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The world was a different place back in 1961, and the space-age styling of the 1961 Ford Starliner tells the tale. This car technically pre-dates the Muscle Car era, but the available 401 HP 390 made it a screamer on the street and stock car tracks. This week's car has been up-fitted with a 427 cube V8 topped with 3 2-barrel carbs, a setup you could get in 1963, but it looks right at home in the bay of this Starliner. There are many neat styling features on this car, including the thin-pillared sloping rear glass with zinc plated and polished stars, the subtitle tail fins, and the twin "rocket exhaust" tail lights. It's one car from the Brothers Collection that is out of this world!