August '17

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8 THE SHOP AUGUST 2017 Quality & precision never go out of style. By John Gunnell Cadillac MARKET The 8 THE SHOP AUGUST 2017 I n 1908, the concepts of precision manufacturing and interchangeability of parts were new ones for the auto industry. That year, Cadillac took three cars to England and, under Royal Automobile Club supervision, disassembled the single- cylinder vehicles. Their parts were then interchanged and the cars were reassembled and driven around the Brooklands racetrack. This Cadillac demonstration won the company the Dewar Trophy—a first for an American car—and became the basis for the Cadillac slogan, Standard of the World. Fast-forward to the 2016 SEMA Show Directory, to the illustration of a '48 Cadillac sedanette with a twin-turbo V-8 restyled by Ringbrothers ( of Spring Green, Wisconsin to suggest what GM would do if that car was built today. The modernized fastback Caddy is a shocker to those who think of Cadillac as a sedate, formal-looking, old-school American luxury car. A COMPLEX CAR Jim and Mike Ring, co-founders and co- owners of Ringbrothers, used four cars to create the modified '48 Cadillac they call Madam V. Like many Ringbrothers' cre- Here's the design sketch for the Ringbrothers "Madam V" Cadillac, a 1948 fastback body on a modern Cadillac ATS-V platform. HOT ROD & CUSTOMIZATION

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