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!

You could say that this 1965 Shelby G.T. 350 R has lived several different lives. It started off as a Wimbledon White '65 Mustang Fastback, then went off to Shelby American to be turned into a '65 Shelby G.T. 350. However, it did not go to a dealer for street sale, as it was selected to be used by Ford as a promotional vehicle. That tour of duty ended in August of '65, when the car went back to Shelby American for its next chapter for use as one of the 3 Shelby G.T. 350 Driving School cars. While there, the car slowly received modifications that basically transformed it into an R model Competition car. In fact, it was actually re-identified by Shelby as the 37th G.T. 350R Competition car while at Shelby American. The car was also used as the prototype for the G.T. 500 427 big block cars for 1967. The driveline was returned to a 289, and it was eventually sold as a G.T. 350 R and raced in SCCA events in California. The engine was blown, the car was stored, and the discovered in the late 1980s and restored to the form you see here today. It remains one of the most interesting stories of all the cars in the Brothers Collection, and one of our favorites here at Muscle Car Of The Week!

In 1969, you could walk in to your local Mercury dealer and rumble out behind the wheel of a Cougar XR7 Cobra Jet 428 and win street races without attracting the attention of the local fuzz. The '69 XR7 CJ428 is a 335 HP / 440 TQ tire-burner with subtle European design flair. The Brothers Collection is home to many bright and loud Muscle Cars, but this one is an example of speaking softly and carrying a big V8!

This 1970 Mercury Cyclone GT from the Brothers Collection packs all the cool go-fast parts you could get on this car - a 375 horsepower 429 V8, a 4-speed manual transmission, and 4.30:1 rear gears making it the Super Cobra Jet package. It's bright red, sounds mean, and runs hard. Even cooler is that this was a Mercury pilot car, which meant it was destined to be crushed after assembly. Find out the story in this week's Muscle Car Of The Week!

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