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

Photo courtesy of Silverstone Auctions

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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A 1972 Toyota Land Cruiser has been given a new lease on life.

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What started as a 1972 Toyota Land Cruiser has become an ICON 4x4 FJ44, a model that preserves the original aesthetic of the square-bodied Land Cruiser while upgrading its performance, safety, emissions, features, and appointments. The result is a luxury-level go-anywhere runabout.

"Our Old School Edition builds present a unique aesthetic that many of our clients really respond strongly to these days," comments ICON Founder and CEO Jonathan Ward. "With people spending a lot more time close to home, a lot of our owners are taking more time to adventure in our vehicles, which really resonates with us. Transportation has always presented the prospect of freedom, and seeing our trucks come off the line and hearing these fantastic stories about how they are being used has been incredibly rewarding. Taking a truck like this 1972 rig, restoring, rebuilding it, and then releasing it back into the wild to be used as it was intended is what ICON 4x4 is all about."

ICON Old School FJ44: 1972 Toyota Land Cruiser restomod

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The aluminum body of the four-door truck has been powder-coated a Eucalyptus Green color. Its exterior components have had their shine restored.

The model is powered by General Motors 6.2-liter LS generation V8 that can produce 430 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an Asian Warner AX15 five-speed manual transmission and an Atlas II two-speed transfer case.

There's Dynatrac Dana 44 axles up front and Dana 60s at the rear. It rides on a Fox Racing coil-over sport suspension and has stopped power provided courtesy of Brembo Sport Brakes. BF Goodrich all-terrain 285/65/18 tires are mounted on forged aluminum wheels of ICON's own design.

ICON has customized the interior of the model to include a NEX 8600 multimedia system, a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay, navigation, Bluetooth, and Focal K2 speakers. Machined aluminum interior trim outlines the FJ44's door map pockets, dash panels, knobs, seat hardware, and parking brake handle. The model's four bucket seats are an improvement over the original equipment. Two jump seats were added to the rear of the vehicle as an homage to the original.

A seven-layer insulated gray canvas soft top roof works to keep sunshine and sound at bay.

The starting price of ICON 4x4 Old School Edition series vehicle is $237,000

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