This week, we're bringing you an often overlooked muscle car, the 1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E.     These were sporty but comfortable, and the GT-E bought you a 7-liter V8 to make things interesting.   Most were the smooth 428 V8, but some were ordered with the far less subtle 427 side oiler... like the one in this video.   The 427 was rated at 390 HP and has a great rumble, but the car is refined enough to drive and enjoy every day.   The Brothers Collection is home to several rare Mercury cats, this is one of the favorites!

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.

Part 2 plays automatically after part 1!


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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