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Holy Grails: Classic Muscle Cars With Single-Digit Production Numbers

Vukasin Herbez March 24, 2023

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1967 Ford Country Squire Wagon 428 with 4-speed – 1 Made

Ford’s luxury 1966 Country Squire station wagon was the perfect example of a muscle car disguised as a long roof. To an average person, this car looked like a big old station wagon that could haul nine people, carry a lot of stuff, and cruise highways. But to experienced enthusiasts, just one glance under the hood could reveal the true nature of this car (via Auto Blog).

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For 1966 and 1967, Ford offered a 428 V8 engine as an option on its station wagon model lineup. The 428 V8 in question was not the famed Cobra Jet but the engine from the Thunderbird with 345 underrated horsepower. With over 460 lb.-ft of torque, the Country Squire could truly go despite the size and weight. Only one left the factory with a four-speed manual. This one is a brutally fast car hidden as an ordinary family station wagon with woodgrain inserts on the sides.

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1968 Shelby EXP 500 “Green Hornet” – 1 Made

During the Mustang’s heyday, Ford and Shelby worked hard to explore the possibilities and limits of the Mustang’s platform and engineering, and they produced several exciting prototypes. One of the most popular is the “Green Hornet” from 1968. Although it wasn’t the only car, the Green Hornet featured the most innovative features like 390 V8 equipped with fuel injection, unique disc brakes on all four wheels, and an independent rear suspension (via Shelby Prototype Coupes).

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With this layout, the Green Hornet was a very capable car that handled and stopped better than any other sports car on the market. Unfortunately, the cost of producing those features was too high, and Ford and Shelby decided to go with more conventional technology. Also, the “Green Hornet” is one of the rare surviving cars from the era and possibly one of the most expensive Mustangs for sale, but the $1.8 million offer wasn’t enough.

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