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10 THE SHOP AUGUST 2017 V retains most of the ATS-V exhaust system, a custom-made Flowmaster stainless steel exhaust adds a performance exhaust note. Madam V retains high-tech features from the 2016 ATS-V including the information and media control system, a rear vision camera, push-to-start technology, rain- sensing wipers and an OnStar system. In addition to the engineering knowledge that went into blending the 1948 and 2016 cars, Ringbrothers added custom features such as rearview and side view mirrors and a roof-mounted, 360-degree Gentex camera that's integrated into the satellite radio antenna. The 1948 body rolls on 19 x 8 HRE forged wheels up front and a pair of similar-design 20x11.5 rims in the rear. Wrapped around them are Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. To finish the car and highlight the large amount of bodywork, the exterior is done in a BASF Glasurit color called Vivi White. "Typically, when our shop builds a classic car, we get rid of as many stock compo- nents as possible to make way for modern or custom enhancements," says Mike Ring. "This was kind of the opposite—we kept as much of the ATS-V as we could, because GM designed it so well." Jim called the Madam V project "a really unique challenge that represents a totally different way of working for our shop, so we are really pleased this worked out in the end." Ringbrothers told THE SHOP that Cadil- lacs are getting collectible and popular with builders, because the brand is known for making the top cars manufactured in the U.S. "It's known as the best of the best," the brothers say. "Right now, modified 1948- '49 Cadillac fastbacks are the best invest- ment around. There will be huge money in this field in the future with the price of chroming, and adding modern suspension and wheels will be unbelievable." When asked what they thought of all the Cadillac resto-mods that are beginning to show up at events like SEMA, the brothers said, "finally!" A CONCEPT CAR This car was one of many Cadillacs—stock and custom—that made their way to the 2016 SEMA Show. Another was Chip Foose's '39 Madam X. This car is named after a series of early 1930s Cadillac V-16s with a special window treatment. Foose calls Madam X a concept car and says that an original 1935 sketch by GM designer Art Ross inspired it. The fabrica- tion of this classy hot rod began after Foose purchased a 1939 Cadillac Sixty Special four-door sedan. The sedan was re-bodied to resemble a coupe, but is actually a convertible with a lift-off aluminum top finished as a cloth- covered Carson top. The car is also lowered. The front wheels were moved forward 2-1/2 inches, the front fenders were extended 10-1/2 inches and the cowl was extended 8 inches. Foose built a second firewall and hid the modern technology in a space between the two. The sedan windshield was widened 3 inches to get proportions right. Longer doors were hand-built to make the four- door a two-door. The deck lid and sur- round were reworked and the rear quarter panels were reshaped to eliminate rear doors. Minute details, like taillights that mimic the front turn signals, were fabricated. The handmade trim was formed in brass and chrome-plated. The Madam X uses a Gen V LT-1 V-8 attached to an 8-speed 8L90 Cadillac Esca- lade automatic transmission coupled to a Camaro Z01 third member. It has C6 Cor- vette suspension components front and rear and Pirelli tires (customized with wide gang- ster-style white sidewalls). The car features new chrome trim, a custom leather interior, custom-mixed BASF paint, a painted blonde wood dash and Cadillac-inspired MHT billet aluminum 18-inch wheels. Cadillac MARKET The Chip Foose worked up this '39 Cadillac "concept car" inspired by old design sketches. He calls it "Madam X" after a special semi-factory design. Original Parts Group Inc. used this 1968 Cadillac hardtop to promote its new catalog of Cadillac parts. HOT ROD & CUSTOMIZATION

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