Ringbrothers’ Madam V ’48 Cadillac Coupe Mixes Old along with fresh (ATS-V!) in a Blender
Ringbrothers, a Wisconsin hot-rod shop founded by Jim along with Mike Ring, features a reputation for standing the SEMA show on its ear with stunningly designed along with meticulously crafted creations. For the SEMA show’s 50th anniversary, the brothers brought the Madam V, a generational mashup of old along with fresh Cadillac which is usually a dream fulfilled for all those people who say, “Why don’t they build ’em like which anymore?”
Four cars were put into a blender to make the Madam V, starting with two 1948 Cadillac sedanette fastbacks along with two modern Caddys, a used 2015 ATS-V along that has a brand-fresh 2016 ATS-V. All the cars were supplied by Madam V’s owner along with patron, North Dakota car dealer Wes Rydell, who is usually no stranger to the hot-rod show circuit. Rydell has won both of hot rodding’s most prestigious awards: the Ridler along with America’s Most Beautiful Roadster.
Rydell wanted a car which might look like a ’48 although come across as a production car, a real “what if” if Cadillac mass produced such a retromobile. Hence, the Rings kept as much of the modern cars as possible, stripping down the unibody of the 2016 car along with adding 14 inches to the wheelbase although preserving much of the wiring along with fuel system so as not to disturb the vehicle’s highly interconnected electrical system. The stock ATS-V Inner surface went into the vehicle largely intact, with its infotainment screen, rearview camera, along with rain-sensing wipers. There’s even modern furry synthetic trunk carpet in back.
Under the handmade carbon-fiber hood, which bears the chevron-shaped duct of a stock ATS-V along with took 0 hours to fabricate, is usually a stock 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6 generating 464 horsepower. the item’s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The amount of production black plastic along with anonymous Torx fasteners holding things together make the item look fresh coming from a modern Detroit assembly line.
The basic shape of the ’48 Cadillac is usually largely preserved, though the A- along with B-pillars look suspiciously thick, as if the builders were trying to make the vehicle pass a modern federal rollover test. The front end ditches the original chrome Cadillac grille in favor of something closer to the modern ATS-V’s mesh grille. the item’s the only major misstep inside the build. With which grille, the front end loses its vintage Cadillac grace along with looks more like which of a ’55 Chevy.
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Although the item’s designed to look production, the Madam V is usually a one of one—one of many one-of-one vehicles at the 2016 SEMA show.