We first wrote about the Ring brothers, Jim and Mike Ring, and their custom build shop Ringbrothers (no space, lowercase b) way back in 2013, when they debuted both their redesigned 1971 De Tomaso Pantera “ADRNLN” and their revamped snow-white 1965 Mustang Fastback “Blizzard.”
Since then, we’ve featured their: 1000-hp Chevelle “Recoil,” 959-hp carbon-fiber Mustang Fastback “Espionage,” 1969 Camaro “G-Code,” 1972 Winnebago “Happy Camper,” an unnamed ’56 Ford Pickup truck, a 1969 Dodge Charger dubbed “Defector,” and the Purolator-green 1036-hp 1972 AMC Javelin, the latter which they actually let us drive.
Well, they’re back with three builds that’ll make you amazed by what’s coming out of Spring Green, Wisconsin.
1965 Ford Mustang Convertible: “Uncaged”
Last year the Ringbrothers built a 1964-and-a-half Mustang convertible called "Caged.” This year they went beyond that with a build they’re calling, naturally, “Uncaged.”
“Uncaged furthers the evolution of Ford’s original pony car through a subtle reimagining of every line and proportion while maintaining the classic design elements that made it one of America’s most iconic and coveted vehicles,” the brothers said.
They started with a 1965 convertible but then wholly reformed it, with the wheel center caps the only surface not reimagined. The body’s an inch wider on each side, with appropriate redesign of the Mustang taillight bezels, side scoops, and even the running horse emblems to accommodate the wideness.
Fenders and extended rocker panels blend into the Mustang whole, while the front end is all-new, if subtley so.
That’s BASF Burgundy Brave paint on the outside, btw.
Under the custom hood is a Ford Performance 5.0-liter Coyote V8 crate engine making 460 hp at 7000 rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque at 4600 revs. Power routes through Ford’s 10R80 10-speed automatic.
It rides on a Roadster Shop Fast Track chassis on Penske Racing RS Edition performance coilover shocks, which the Rings say “dramatically enhance the driving experience.”
“Uncaged lives up to its name setting loose modern power and handling in a classic shape that looks at home on today’s streets,” said Ringbrothers co-owner Jim Ring.
1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II: “Paramount”
The word outrageous is already firmly in the Ring vocabulary. So it might not even be a surprise to hear that this year at SEMA the Ring boys are putting a 6.2-liter, 640-hp, LT4 V8 into a (brace yerself Nigel) 1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II.
“This project combines Rolls-Royce’s past and present with a 640-hp American accent,” said Ringbrothers co-owner Mike Ring.
1969 Dodge Charger: “Tusk”
“Tusk” comes from a Hellephant, see? Cause elephants have tusks?
Dodge’s 1000-hp Hellephant monster crate engine, the most powerful ever sold until SpaceX starts offering BFR kits, sits under the hood of this reimagined 1969 Dodge Charger. The 7.0-liter, 426-cubic-inch V8 also makes 950 lb-ft of torque. Very handy in city driving.
“The Charger’s ‘coke-bottle’ body is the perfect canvas to push the limits of what we can do and showcase our in-house talent and capabilities,” said Ringbrothers co-owner Jim Ring.
“Tusk took over 5000 hours to complete and is a radical rethink of the classic Charger, marrying the aesthetics of a 20th-century icon with the rigorous build quality and signature touches Ringbrothers has become renowned for.”