Wisconsin-based custom car builder Ringbrothers has just completed its latest project, so things are off to a great start in 2022. Meet the 1969 Dodge Charger restomod dubbed “Captiv,” a souped-up American muscle car armed with adrenaline-inducing (modern) power.
Brothers Mike and Jim Ring tackled the custom build for motorsports legend and TV personality Greg Murphy of New Zealand. That’s actually where the Dodge’s initial disassembly took place. The car then sailed across the Pacific Ocean to America, making its way to Spring Green, Wisconsin, and undergoing the state-of-the-art transformation. After an 8,000-plus mile journey and 4,240 hours in the garage, the Captiv was born.
Straight out of fuzzy, rose-tinted memories of Detroit’s heyday and featuring design work by Gary Ragle, the Ringbrothers restomod beams in “Pile Up Yellow” BASF paint, a color code it shares with Porsche’s Signal Yellow. Matte-black racing stripes, door handles, side mirrors, exhaust finishers, and badges are a tasteful touch. Under the hood, the Captiv packs a (you guessed it) Hellcat Hemi crate engine generating 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque that pairs with a Tremec six-speed manual.
The 707-hp Charger comes fitted with bespoke HRE wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, 19-inch in the front and 20-inch for the rear. It has a John’s Industries’ 9-inch rear end and rides on a chassis from Art Morrison, who is also responsible for the suspension. Baer six-piston brakes, a QA1 carbon-fiber driveshaft, adjustable shocks, and a Flowmaster exhaust count as additional equipment upgrades.
Peek inside, and you’ll probably drool a little bit more. The tailor-made interior features a carbon-fiber steering wheel and black leather upholstery with yellow contrast stitching by Upholstery Unlimited. Aluminum finished controls, grab handles, and trim pieces highlight the cabin. Modern tech consists of MoTec C1212 instrument gauges, a Vintage Air Gen IV Magnum climate control system, and a MoTeC engine management system. And finally, a Fusion Head Unit coupled with Kicker speakers makes up the audio system.
As usual, with every build it handles, Ringbrothers never fails to impress. If only we could drive the Captiv down an open road (like we did in the outfit’s recent Chevy K5 Blazer… ) in the middle of the desert, that’d be a sweet escape from pandemic madness.
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