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New Zealand-based ’69 Dodge Charger built twice in US

Once by Dodge, and now by the Ringbrothers


‘Captiv’ is the name the Ringbrothers have given to their latest automotive creation, a 1969 Dodge Charger they equipped with a new Hellcat V8 and 6-speed manual transmission.

The custom car builders and parts-manufacturer brothers Jim and Mike Ring from Spring Green, Wisconsin, and their team spent 4,000 hours on the build, they report. The car was done for Greg Murphy, a New Zealand-based motorsports and television personality.

The Hellcat crate engine is rated at 707 horsepower and linked to the rear wheels through a Tremec gearbox.

, New Zealand-based ’69 Dodge Charger built twice in US, ClassicCars.com Journal
New Ringbrothers steering wheel

The car had been disassembled in New Zealand before being shipped to the Ringbrothers facility in Wisconsin, where the custom work was done, including the conversion of the metalwork to a unibody on Art Morrison chassis and was painted in BASF “Pile Up Yellow.” 

The car rides on custom HRE wheels and has a QA1 carbon fiber driveshaft, adjustable shocks, Baer 6-piston brakes, and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires.

“This project has been years in the making,” said Jim Ring. “The project was started more than 8,000 miles from where it was finished with work being carried out on either side of the Pacific.”

“This marks the second time this car was built in America, first in Detroit in 1969 and now in Spring Green, Wisconsin in 2021,” added Mike Ring. 

Among the Ringbrothers billet parts incorporated into the build was their newest, a custom Ringbrothers steering wheel, mounted, as originally, on the left side of the dashboard. 

“The new line of steering wheels incorporates the latest in materials technology, including a 3D-printed horn button, carbon fiber hoops and billet aluminum spokes and hub,” Ringbrothers said in its news release.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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