By Steven Cole Smith / Hagerty.com
Ringbrothers, the Spring Green, Wisconsin custom-car builder, has unveiled its latest creation—a bespoke 1964.5 Ford Mustang convertible known as “Caged.” The design objective was to evolve and modernize the original Mustang’s lines while honoring the aesthetic of Ford’s original pony car. The result, the Ring brothers say, is an icon of the 20th century with the technology of the 21st.
Born from an original, 1964.5 Mustang convertible, nearly every component is a Ringbrothers-built one-off; the only factory Mustang parts are the center caps for the wheels. The Ringbrothers team did extensive metalwork converting the Roadster Shop Fast Track chassis back into a unibody, as well as widening and lengthening the bodywork by one inch. The BASF Glasurit “Burgundy Brave” finish was then applied.
“The client was highly involved in the process and adamant on maintaining a subtle, stock-like appearance,” says Ringbrothers co-owner Mike Ring. “Everything was cued off the Mustang’s original design, but we sharpened the lines and added a number of 3D-printed details to make it truly unique.”
“Every piece of this car has been touched and updated with the original design cues in mind, down to the iconic Mustang taillight bezels, gas cap, and running horse emblems,” says 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 subtlety of the differences.”
The new front grille is set back two inches and feeds air into a Ford Performance 5.0-liter Coyote V-8, mated to a Ford 10-speed automatic transmission. The suspension uses Penske Racing Shocks coilovers front and rear, an independent rear suspension, and a set of Baer Brakes for stopping power.
“In all, more than 4200 hours were invested in bringing ‘Caged’ to life,” says Jim Ring.
We’d be happy with just one behind the wheel.