Jim and Mike Ring, cofounders of the world-renowned custom car builder Ringbrothers, have revitalized the company’s noted 1948 Cadillac fastback coupe, “Madam V.” The Ringbrothers team reinvigorated the car with a more classic look since its initial 2016 debut. The body has been altered from the original design and repainted with BASF paint. Madam V has also been fitted with a new set of wheels.
The chassis, interior, and drivetrain of Madam V came straight out of a 2016 Cadillac ATS-V. The extensively altered 1948 Cadillac body was lowered onto the chassis and fitted with an all-new front end, including a new grille, headlights and wheel arches. The refresh spanned more than 1,000 additional hours and refined the build to make its design more subtle and refined when compared to the first rendition.
“Madam V” is powered by the Cadillac 3.6L DOHC V6 Twin Turbo engine, which outputs 464 horsepower and is lubricated by Motul engine and transmission oil. The engine’s temperature is maintained through the use of Prestone coolant. Although the Madam retains most of the original ATS-V exhaust from the donor car, custom stainless steel Flowmaster tailpipes give the car its robust performance exhaust tone.
Ringbrothers initially unveiled Madam V in the Flowmaster booth at the 2016 SEMA Show. It also retains many of the technology features from the ’16 ATS-V, including the info and media control with full-color display, rear vision camera, Push-to-Start, rain-sensing wipers, and even OnStar auto crash response. Madam V has all of the features, performance, and driving feel you would expect from a modern sports car, coupled with the classic design of a custom 1948 Cadillac.