The Dodge Charger is one of the most coveted muscle cars ever made. Like other iconic muscle cars, the mighty MOPAR has been immortalized in theaters, with films like “Bullit”, “Deathproof”, “Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry” and many others. But there’s another way to immortalize a car icon: by reimagining it. On that note, the Ringbrothers are masters of restomod building, and they just came up with a one-off 1969 Dodge Charger that they built for a special customer.
- Fashion model: 2022 1969 Dodge Charger CAPTIV by Ring Brothers
The bright yellow Charger joins a long line of outstanding Ringbrothes restomods, such as the AMC Javelin AMX Defiant, Ford Mustang Mach 1 UNKL, Chevy K5 Blazer and many others. The Dodge Charger Captiv was built for Greg Murphy, a New Zealand motorsport legend and TV personality.
While E-crate engines seem to be the most exciting thing, at least to some, Ringbrothers stick to what they know best: making special, one-off muscle cars powered by big V-8 engines. It took 4,240 hours of work to make the Charger Captiv what it is today, and the work actually started in New Zealand, where the car was disassembled and prepared by Greg Murphy’s team..
Drive and performance
The car was taken to Ringbrothers where it was extensively overhauled. One of the most critical changes was to convert the Charger’s body-on-frame structure into a unibody, which would significantly improve rigidity and reduce body weight.. While the Charger’s original 426 Hemi V-8 was and still is an impressive unitthis updated version is powered by a Hellcat crate engine developing 707 hp and 881 Nm. The soundtrack is further enhanced by Flowmaster intake heads.
The power of the supercharged V-8 is sent to the rear via the proven Bowler Tremec T-56 six-speed manual transmission and a QA1 carbon fiber driveshaft. The fuel pump and fuel tank are supplied by Rick’s Hot Rods and the charger wiring has been fully upgraded by Painless Wiring. The redesigned MOPAR has front and rear suspension, as well as an Art Morison chassis. It also has RideTech adjustable shocks and John’s Industries 9-inch rear end.
1969 Dodge Charger CAPTIV by Ring Brothers Specifications
|Transfer||Bowler Tremec T-56 6-speed manual transmission|
Wheels, tires and brakes
The Ringbrothers 1969 Charger comes with a staggered set of HRE Ringbrothers Edition Recoil wheels, measuring 19 by 11 inches in the front and 20 by 13 inches in the rear. They are packed in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S, 295/35.19 front and 345/30×20 rear. Stopping power comes from Baer disc brakes with six-piston red calipers all around.
Ringbrothers have done extensive metalwork, leaving not a single inch of the Charger’s body unchanged, despite retaining the classic 1969 aesthetic. The exterior of the car is finished in BASF “Speeding Yellow”appearing just a shade brighter than Butterscotch/Bahama Yellow, one of the standout colors available on MOPARs between 1969 and 1971.
Also known as Porsche Signal Yellow, the yellow hue is complemented by chrome exterior details such as the rims, grille, bumpers and other exterior elements.
The 1969 Charger’s interior has been completely redesigned with help from Upholstery Unlimited. While the overall classic layout has been largely retained, all materials have been upgraded. Ringbrothers took the opportunity to showcase their new custom steering wheel for the first timeI. The vintage-inspired gauge cluster comes from MoTec and is complemented by a Vintage Air Gen IV Magnum Evap Kit Air System and Fusion Head Unit with Kicker Speakers, in case you want to blast Blackfoot’s Highway song into your MOPAR.
The Charger Captiv is more than just an updated MOPAR. Ringbrothers’ latest creation is a one-off special and it goes to show that even if electric powertrains have hit the Hot Rod scene, big V-8s aren’t going anywhere. The Dodge Charger Captiv isn’t just a modern take on a classic American powerhouse. It’s a classic muscle, cranked up to 11. Yes, the 6.2-liter Hellcat V-8 is a modern piece, but only on paper. It’s still an old-school, pushrod V-8, just like the original MOPARs from the golden age of the muscle car.
Ringbrothers co-owner Jim Ring said, “This project has been years in the making”. It all started in New Zealand, which is approximately 12,900 km in length, and was completed at the Ringbrothers plant in Spring Green, Wisconsin. This officially makes the Charger Captiv, one of the most epic transnational Muscle car builds ever performed.