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A 1,000 HP Charger, An “Uncaged” Mustang, And A… Rolls Royce?!

SEMA 2023 Rinbrothers Paramount Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II

The Ringbrothers cars by themselves are worth the annual trip to the SEMA Show. And every year, the Wisconsin-based shop seems to pull off a big surprise, with something beyond convention. This year appears to be no different. Sure, we have ourselves two builds in familiar shapes: a classic Dodge Charger and an old Ford Mustang. However, when’s the last time you heard of a classic Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II on the SEMA Show floor? Didn’t think so.

Below are the early details of the three upcoming builds from Ringbrothers ahead of next week’s 2023 SEMA Show, which took a combined 10,000 hours to build.

1969 Dodge Charger Tusk Ringbrothers 2023 SEMA Show Hellephant V8 Muscle Car

“Tusk”: A 1,000 HP Dodge Charger

The most powerful Ringbrothers build this year is a 1969 Dodge Charger called “Tusk.” It features a 1,000 hp Hellephant crate engine, lengthened wheelbase, flared fenders. But it’s more than big power and big tires, as “every piece of Tusk has been customized.” From the teaser below, it looks like the 1,000 hp muscle car is on an air suspension, while the hood is swollen to accommodate the massive supercharger on the 7.0L V8 engine.

The “Tusk” Dodge Charger will debut at 11:00 AM, PT, at the Ringbrothers booth, #23191.


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“Uncaged”: A Ford Mustang Follow Up To “Caged”

“Uncaged” is a 1965 Mustang Convertible that has been “reimagined” with a streamlined body, and is an inch wider on each side because we all like ourselves a widebody muscle car. Under the classic sheetmetal, expect a modern chassis, suspension, engine and transmission. Giddy up.

The Ringbrothers “Uncaged” Ford Mustang will be revealed at 1:00 PM, PT, at the Gentex Corporation booth, #10338.


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“Paramount”: A Rolls Royce Silver Cloud With 640 HP

Ringbrothers had the guts to put a 1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II under the knife, and they’ve called it “Paramount.” Under the elegant curves of the body, “Paramount” will feature a custom chassis, hand-built floor pans, and a modern starlight headliner as seen in today’s Roll-Royce products. Moreover, it’s being described as a “road-eating machine on par with any modern grand tourer, all while maintaining and even enhancing the comfort and luxury associated with the marque.”

As part of this effort, The Ringbrothers “Paramount” Rolls Royce will have an engine pumping out 640 hp. 640 hp could mean a 6.2L LT4 V8 engine, as seen in the last-generation Cadillac CTS-V sedan. Or it could mean a naturally aspirated V10 engine from a Dodge Viper! Whatever the case, we’ll have to wait until Halloween, October 31st, to see just what sort of surprises await.

“Paramount” will be revealed at 9:45 AM, PT, at the BASF booth, #20365.


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Written by Manoli Katakis

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