Ringbrothers’ 1948 Madam V Cadillac Coupe

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Jim and Mike Ring stop by the garage to show Jay how they took a 1948 Cadillac Coupe and gave it new life with the help of a 2015 ATS-V and a 2016 ATS-V.The 1948 Cadillac Madam V project utilized four cars in total to create one master piece including two 1948 fastback coupes, a used 2015 Cadillac ATS-V and a brand new 2016 Cadillac ATS-V, all provided by Mr. Rydell.

image credit:  Jay Leno’s Garage 

The Rings began by completely tearing the late model cars down to the uni-body and lengthening the 2016 chassis by 14 inches to accommodate the longer ’48 body.One of the design goals for “Madam V” was to make it look like something Cadillac would have built.

image credit:  Jay Leno’s Garage 

So Mike and Jim incorporated and blended design cues from the old car and the new one in such a way that they would appear to be factory.For example, the hood, which took more than 600 hours alone to handcraft out of carbon fiber, carries over the ATS-V’s signature hood vent and the centerline crease of the 2016 car’s hood.

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The Rings even went so far as to make the radiator shrouding in aluminum and then coat it to look like it had been made from plastic.“Madam V” is powered by the Cadillac 3.6L DOHC V6 Twin Turbo engine, outputting 464hp and kept running smooth by Royal Purple engine and transmission oil.

The motor is also kept at the perfect temperature with help from Prestone coolant. Although the Madam retains most of the ATS-V exhaust, custom stainless steel Flowmaster tail pipes give the car a true performance exhaust note.