“Madam V” ’48 Cadillac by Ring Brothers Is Amazing Fusion of Old and New

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The restomod masters Brothers Jim and Mike Ring built this wild creation called Madam V. The project started with two ATS-Vs, a used 2015 and a new 2016 and with a pair of 1948 Caddys.

They used an ATS-V instead of a V8 CTS-V as a donor because of the track width. They cut the body off one ATS-V and stretched the naked chassis 14 inches. Then, they painstakingly set about installing the heavily massaged body panels from a 1948 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe on the modern underpinnings.

That process required a ton of work like rebuilding many parts in carbon fiber. Despite such extensive modifications, Ringbrothers was able to retain the entire ATS-V 3.6-liter biturbo V6 drivetrain and all of the modern tech pieces inside the cabin. This means you can expect to find the 464-horsepower twin-turbocharged V-6 from the more modern Caddy.

Said another way, this is a ’48 Cadillac with a 464-hp twin-turbo V6, ABS, traction control, Track Mode, and a touchscreen dashboard. It rides on 19-inch wheels up front and 20-inch wheels in back, wrapped with Michelin Pilot Super sport tires.

“Typically when we build a classic car, we’re getting rid of as many stock components as possible to make way for modern or custom enhancements,” said Mike. “This was kind of the opposite. We’re keeping as much of the ATS-V as we can because GM designed it so well.”

The Ringbrothers created something that matches the sharp looks of a classic Caddy, with some of the best performance hardware GM has to offer. Jay Leno takes the Madam V out for a spin in this episode of his popular YouTube series. Watch the video below as he discusses the car with its builders.

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