There were many advances in Shelby performance cars for 1968, and this 1968 Shelby GT500KR convertible demonstrates them nicely!   The big news was the new for '68 428 Cobra Jet engine, which was rated at 335 HP and 440 foot pounds of torque in this car, but was arguably closer to the 400 range.    This car also boasts the rare 4-speed transmission and convertible top, and it is also wearing a Highland Green paint scheme with a Saddle interior.   The car is quite stretch from the stripped-down but racier GT350s from just a couple years earlier, but is still every bit as admired today!    From the Brothers Collection. 

Ford built muscular versions of nearly every car they made during the 1960s, and this 1964 Fairlane 500 Sports Coupe is a great example of how they turned a hum-drum family commuter into a stylish mini-muscle car that packed a serious punch.   This Sports Coupe escaped the fate of a straight 6 in favor of a Hi-Po 289 V8 screwed to a 4-speed manual box.  The K-Code version churned out 271 HP through increased compression, free-breathing intake and exhaust, a solid cam, and other hop-up goodies.   The added bonus is the good looks of the Sports Coupe, wearing a slick Raven Black suit with a bright red interior.   Extra-cool is the fact that it is all original and unrestored.    It's our Muscle Car Of The Week from the Brother's Collection.

This week's video features a car that looks sedate as can be but reveals a startlingly different personality once the key is turned.   The factory-built 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 Lightweight features an R-Code 427 for power, and nearly all the non-essential items have been deleted or lightened for better drag strip performance in the Super Stock NHRA class.   There were around 200 built, and this one is as true to form as they come.    One of the many factory lightweight Muscle Cars in the Brothers Collection.

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!