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Ringbrothers restomods 1968 Mercury Cougar to muscle car perfection

This '68 Mercury Cougar is a sweet-sounding take on a classic coupe.

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Meet the latest restomod to come from the Ringbrothers garage: a 1968 Mercury Cougar. The frame-off restoration included a host of show-quality change-outs and a beefy new powertrain. It was the first Cougar that the company has tackled.

The restoration included new floor pans and transmission tunnel. There's a new performance suspension by DSE, brakes, and HRE Series C1 C103 Forged 3-Piece wheels. The car is shoed with Michelin tires.

The bodywork of the car has been finished using 3M products and BASF paint. There's a new bumper, grille, hardware, and badging giving the car it's shine.

1968 Mercury Cougar by Ringbrothers

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Under the hood of the car is a 460-horsepower Ford Coyote 5.0-liter V8 engine. The powertrain is completely by a 10-speed automatic transmission that originated in the Ford F-150. Paddle shifters give the driver more control over the drive.

Ringbrothers has added Lotus synthetic engine to keep everything working smoothly. A custom Flowmaster exhaust leaves a growl that lets neighbors know that you're on your way to work.

"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."

Like this Cougar? Ringbrothers offer several billet aluminum parts for fans to build a custom Cougar of their own on their website.

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The winner of the Charles Schwab Challenge earns this resto-modded Dodge Power Wagon.

Photo courtesy of the Charles Schwab Challenge

Newly crowned 2021 PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson will be among a group of international golfers vying for the lowest score at the Charles Schawab Challenge PGA Tour event in Fort Worth, Texas this weekend.

The winner of the tournament will receive a 1946 Dodge Power Wagon that has undergone a complete resto-mod revision by Legacy Classic Trucks. This is the second vehicle the tournament has awarded to a winner with a 1973 Dodge Challenger awarded to Kevin Na in 2019. Na didn't keep the car for long. He turned it over to his car-obsessed caddy Kenny Harms.

The '46 Power Wagon is a nod to the roots of the tourney. This year marks the 75th anniversary of The Colonial, the original name for the event.

1946 Dodge Power Wagon Charles Schwab Legacy Classic Trucks The interior of the truck wears The Colonial's tartan.Photo courtesy of the Charles Schwab Challenge

Under its hood is a 6.2-liter Chevrolet LS3 engine that delivers 430 horsepower. The engine is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission and a custom Atlas transfer case. The rig rides on 40-inch Toyota tires and custom Trail Ready wheels.

Modern conveniences have been added like air conditioning, disc brakes, a long travel suspension, and a 12,000-pound Warn winch.

Because Charles Schwab is the sponsor of the tournament, Legacy Classic Trucks added some special 'Schwab' elements to the model including a Dove blue paint job and a custom 'SCHWAB' tailgate and brightwork. The interior of the truck is upholstered with a tartan fabric in the design of The Colonial's traditional plaid. A custom nameplate on the dashboard acknowledges Ben Hogan's 1946 win that started the legacy of the tournament.

Similar resto-modded trucks by Legacy Classic Trucks go for around $350,000.

1946 Dodge Power Wagon Charles Schwab Legacy Classic Trucks The rear of the truck features a custom tailgate.Photo courtesy of the Charles Schwab Challenge

Uniquely, the truck has inspired a song by up-and-coming country singer Travis Denning called "Grew Up with a Truck". The song debuted last week on Bobby Bones' podcast, "Bobbycast".

Other golfers joining Mickelson at the tournament include Lee Westwood, Jordan Speith, Si Woo Kim, and Sergio Garcia.

The first round of play kicks off on Thursday, May 27 with the second and third round on ensuing days leading up to the Final Round on Sunday, May 30. Tickets for the event are still available.

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This 1968 Ferrari 330 GT Coupé by Pininfarina has undergone over £30,000 in restoration work.

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Next month, Silverstone Auctions will present The Race Retro Live Online Auction with a lot list full of classic cars, competition cars, and automobila. Among the list are a few standouts, including this 1968 Ferrari 330 GT Coupé by Pininfarina.

The Ferrari up for auction is from the last model year that the Italian company made the Ferrari 330. From 1963 to 1968, 330s were sold in a variety of roof and seating configurations but rang on the same 4.0-liter Columbo V12 engine. The engine was a remnant from the Ferrari 400 Superameria but was significantly altered for the 330 line. Models with a hard top are styled as "330 GTC" cars while cars with a ragtop are "330 GTS" models.

The '68 Ferrari 330 that will cross the block was supplied to dealers in Verona, Italy in May 1968. It has been fully inspected for official Ferrari 'Classiche Certification', had its fee paid, and is awaiting the official Red Box.

1968 Ferrari 330 GT Coupé by Pininfarina

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This model comes from a loving home. From 2005 to 2017 it was the pride of one household and had over £30,000 spent on it during that time with JDR, TDH Classics and Hoyle-Fox. The car has been completely retrimmed including new boot carpet; a fresh headliner; freshened interior wood finishes, door cappings, and dashboard; rebuilt Borranis and carburettors; and re-chromed spinners. A new stainless steel exhaust has been fitted to the model, the brakes have been rebuilt, and the distributors were adjusted to suit the new electric ignition.

It wears a gleaming coat of Rosso Corsa paint and has a Nero interior.

"We are once again thrilled with the growing lot list we have consigned for our first sale of 2021," said Gary Dunne, Silverstone Auctions Sales Controller. "The 1968 Ferrari 330 GT Coupé really is a credit and privilege to offer in our tenth year as the official auction partner for Race Retro!"

The Ferrari will be auctioned off on Saturday, March 27.

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