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AUGUST 2017 THE SHOP 9 ations, this one-of-a-kind Cadillac com- bines the best of vintage and modern. They started with four cars: a pair of '48 Cadillacs, a used 2015 Cadillac ATS-V and a new 2016 Cadillac ATS-V. Wes Rydell, a car dealer from Grand Forks, North Dakota, commissioned the Madam V and provided the cars. Ringbrothers tore the late-model Cadil- lacs apart down to their unit body struc- tures and lengthened the 2016 chassis by 14 inches to accommodate a 1948 body. The 2016 ATS-V is a complex car with many interconnected systems that don't take well to modification, so the Rings didn't disturb the fuel system. They did lengthen the wiring with GM- approved connectors to simplify the car's transition and preserve the functionality of modern amenities. The idea for Madam V was to make it look like a car that Cadillac would have built. The Rings incorporated design cues from the sedanettes and blended them with modern motifs. The hood alone took 600 hours of labor to make out of carbon fiber material. Its design carries over the signa- ture hood vent and center crease that are trademarks of the ATV-S. The Rings went as far as fabricating the radiator shroud in aluminum and coating it to give a plastic look. Powering the Madam V is a 3.6-liter Cadillac DOHC twin-turbo V-6 that cranks out 464 hp. Although the Madam This is the real-life "Madam V" Cadillac. The carbon fiber hood has 600 labor hours into its design. Powering the "Madam V" is a 3.6-liter Cadillac DOHC twin-turbo V-6 that cranks out 464 hp and has a custom Flowmaster exhaust system. HOT ROD & CUSTOMIZATION

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