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Resto-mods aren’t for everyone, but this one should be.

The world-renowned custom car gurus at Ringbrothers have unveiled their newest creation: a 460-horsepower resto-mod 1968 Mercury Cougar.

By The Editors

Mon, Mar 1, 2021 01:16 PM PST

Ringbrothers 1968 Mercury Cougar

If you’re a resto-mod fan (and even if you aren’t), this car is worth a look. The guys up at Ringmasters are famed for their custom car builds, and they’ve just announced a doozy.

This gorgeous 1968 Mercury Cougar resto-mod makes 460 horsepower thanks to the 5.0L Coyote V8 under the hood, mated with a 10-speed paddle-shifted automatic transmission from a Ford F-150 Raptor.

A 5.0L Coyote V8 sits primed under the hood making 460 horsepower.

Ringbrothers gave the Cougar a frame-off restoration that included new floor pans and transmission tunnel, new performance suspension by DSE, brakes, and HRE Series C1 C103 Forged 3-Piece wheels wrapped in Michelin tires. 

The Ringbrothers team completed the show-quality bodywork thanks to 3M's bodywork products and fresh BASF paint, and a new bumper, grille, hardware and badging finish off the appearance. Under the hood, Motul synthetic oil keeps the engine running smoothly, while a custom Flowmaster exhaust provides an aggressive growl.

The interior is incredibly tasteful.

"We put our heart into each car we build, and this Cougar is no exception," said Ringbrothers co-owner Jim Ring. "The finished product is mild and classy, yet any enthusiast instantly knows it's not stock. I imagine this is what Mercury designers would have come up with if they were building the Cougar today."

"While we couldn't bring the car to the SEMA Show, we hope it can be shown to the public soon," continued Mike Ring, co-owner of Ringbrothers. "We had never done a Cougar before, so this was a fun build. I love working with new shapes and coming up with new ideas."

Ringbrothers 1968 Mercury Cougar

Ringbrothers offer several billet aluminum parts for fans to build a custom Cougar of their own. Click here to see the products available for the platform.

This article was compiled by the editors of LACar.

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