The process of bestowing vintage American muscle cars with modern, high-output powertrains and contemporary running gear has become increasingly popular in the automotive world over the last decade, and despite a slew of customs and tuning shops routinely building resto-modded American classics, few if any can hold a flame to the work of Ringbrothers. And for its latest one-off work, the Wisconsin-based outfit has thoroughly demonstrated why it’s held in such high esteem with the debut of a modernized 1968 Mercury Cougar restomod build.
Starting with a complete frame-off restoration, the ’68 Cougar is now powered by a 460hp 5.0L V8 Ford Coyote crate engined that’s mated to a paddle-shifted 10-speed transmission plucked from an F-150 Raptor. Spitting spent gasses from a Flowmaster 44 SS exhaust system complete with custom Ringbrothers-made headers, the custom Cougar has also received forged three-piece HRE wheels shod in Michelin Pilot Sport rubber, Baer Pro+ 14” disc brakes fore and aft, DSE Aluma Frame Quadra-Link suspension, and a custom body kit adorned in a bespoke Augusta Green metallic paint job. As per usual, Ringbrothers have also treated the interior to a modern redux with plush leather seats and upholstery and a new woodgrain dash.