RE: Ringbrothers reveals new 'Caged' Ford Mustang

RE: Ringbrothers reveals new 'Caged' Ford Mustang

Friday 5th August

Ringbrothers reveals new 'Caged' Ford Mustang

Looks like a 1964 Mustang, but all this shares with the original are the centre caps...


Even before ‘restomod’ was really a term, Ringbrothers was building some of the best out there. Because it was never simply a case of patching up bodies, rebuilding engines, fitting nice leather and charging a million pounds - oh no. A Ringbrothers build is unique, and by more than just a paint scheme, each project reflecting the exact wishes and requests of its owner. Like the Hellcat-engined manual Dodge Charger, built for Australian Supercars legend Greg Murphy. There’s not going to be another of those anytime soon.

This ‘Caged’ Mustang is cut from very much the same cloth as previous Ringbrothers’ commissions. Once upon a time it was a 1964.5 Mustang convertible, but now only the centre caps remain from the original car. No, seriously - every single bit is new, and a lot of it bespoke to this car. This Mustang is an inch wider and longer than standard (the body itself was handbuilt), with the front grille back two inches and dozens of 3D-printed parts as well. See the rear lights, for example. “Every piece of this car has been touched and updated with the original design cues in mind”, said Ringbrothers co-founder Jim Ring. “There’s a lot of nuances that went into the design, and we’re proud of that aspect of the build. Only the expert eye will be able to discern the subtly of the differences.” The more you look, the more you see; a lower, wider, meaner old Mustang, yes, but not one a million miles removed from the original. Looks fantastic, actually.

Moreover, this being Ringbrothers, the work doesn’t stop there. The Caged Mustang is now powered by a new Coyote 5.0-litre V8, with the 10-speed 10R80 automatic used in current Fords as well. With custom Ringbrothers headers and a new exhaust, this ought to sound like a proper Mustang, too. Continental tyres, an independent rear suspension conversion (with Penske Racing coilovers) plus a Baer Brakes upgrade help keep a lid on that power. And you thought it was just a nice coat of Burgundy Bronze paint on an old Mustang.

In total, more than 4,200 hours went into making Caged, which gives you some idea of just how much work is invested. The result is described by Ringbrothers as ‘modern appeal and unbridled performance mating the design of a 20th-century icon with the technology of the 21st.’ Which sort of sounds how we’d like every car to be, in fact. Give the Wisconsin boys another 4,000 hours or so and hopefully another will be along.


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Dombilano

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456 posts

35 months

Friday 5th August
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A beautiful thing, id just want to raise it a bit, especially at the front

HJG

278 posts

87 months

Friday 5th August
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I think that's stunning
Nice to see that 1) it's not a fastback and 2) it hasn't been made electric.

Iamnotkloot

823 posts

127 months

Friday 5th August
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Lovely looking thing and, as a convertible V8, I'll forgive it being an auto too

stu vxr

258 posts

87 months

Friday 5th August
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Absolutely stunning.

TREMAiNE

3,507 posts

129 months

Friday 5th August
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A lovely thing - but the 10-speed really isn't a very good gearbox.

If you were going to have one in an auto, I'd prefer the older 6-speed auto they used.


Ikobo

439 posts

129 months

Friday 5th August
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That's just lovely, much more desirable for me than any of the more commonly discussed retromods.

thelostboy

4,202 posts

205 months

Friday 5th August
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Wow, lovely. Although I'd have a notchback, not a convertible; not sure the aggressive looks suit the convertible.

DodgyGeezer

31,933 posts

170 months

Friday 5th August
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10/10 if we were able to give marks. Absolutely stunning (sadly priced out of the reach of us mere mortals!)

Wammer

391 posts

168 months

Friday 5th August
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Dombilano said:
A beautiful thing, id just want to raise it a bit, especially at the front
I completely agree, its too low, muscle cars need to be able to drive anywhere and not worry about speed bumps of pot holes.

TheJimi

22,285 posts

223 months

Friday 5th August
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What a magnificent thing!

Love it.

dhutch

11,078 posts

177 months

Friday 5th August
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Its very nice, presumably a one of to a rich owner/backer, fun but also amazingly detached from the real world.

130R

6,602 posts

186 months

Friday 5th August
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Very, very nice

pb8g09

1,430 posts

49 months

Friday 5th August
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Shame it's not electric.

Augustus Windsock

2,880 posts

135 months

Friday 5th August
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Crikey, I think I need to take a look at myself, I’m going to swim against the tide of opinion and say I think it looks awful
I’m not a big fan of this era of Mustang, the slightly later ones are the sweet spot for me (I’m thinking like Lt Bullitts GT390?)

ManyMotors

359 posts

78 months

Friday 5th August
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Ring Brother's shop is in a most beautiful and unlikely place, Spring Green, Wisconsin - Frank Lloyd Wright's summer digs. Seeing them written up here is incredible though by looking at many of their products it is understandable.

biggbn

14,282 posts

200 months

Friday 5th August
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Augustus Windsock said:
Crikey, I think I need to take a look at myself, I’m going to swim against the tide of opinion and say I think it looks awful
I’m not a big fan of this era of Mustang, the slightly later ones are the sweet spot for me (I’m thinking like Lt Bullitts GT390?)
I agree, the current Mustang is the only one I've ever thought I'd like to own.

VR6 Eug

398 posts

179 months

Friday 5th August
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That's beautiful thing but come on Pistonheads! This is England and its exhaust manifolds not headers.

DodgyGeezer

31,933 posts

170 months

Friday 5th August
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VR6 Eug said:
That's beautiful thing but come on Pistonheads! This is England and its exhaust manifolds not headers.
ahhhh but it's an American car from an American renovation/modification company.... biggrin

DodgyGeezer

31,933 posts

170 months

Friday 5th August
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Augustus Windsock said:
Crikey, I think I need to take a look at myself, I’m going to swim against the tide of opinion and say I think it looks awful
I’m not a big fan of this era of Mustang, the slightly later ones are the sweet spot for me (I’m thinking like Lt Bullitts GT390?)
enjoy...

https://ringbrothers.com/gallery

MightyBadger

1,057 posts

30 months

Friday 5th August
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Quiet like it, auto only?