One of Dodge’s most iconic cars of all time has to be the Dodge Charger, not just because the Charger is a TV and movie superstar seen in The Dukes Of Hazzards, Death Proof and many more, but because of the very powerful 7 .0 liter V8 426 Hemi engine, producing an excellent 425 horsepower and a top speed of 200 mph! It lives on and will live on in American history for its insane beauty, amazing performance stats and roaring engine.
With many companies now offering restorations to a car’s former glory, there are plenty of companies offering these types of services, but Ringbrothers, which is right at the top of the ladder when it comes to building incredibly clean and well-built Restomods, with the last project was a 1969 Dodge Charger in which they called it the Captiv.
Wisconsin-based automaker Ringbrothers, which started off extremely well in 2022, has just completed its latest project of the 1969 Dodge Charger called Captiv, an upgraded American muscle car armed with adrenaline-pumping power. Brothers Mike and Jim Ring tackled the custom build for New Zealand motorsport legend and TV personality Greg Murphy. After traveling more than 8,000 miles and 4,240 hours in the garage, the Captiv was made.
How majestic and spectacular is the interior of the Captiv?
As usual, Ringbrothers impresses with every build, which is definitely the case with the Captiv. Looking at the interior of the Captiv, it’s breathtaking with the bespoke features including a carbon fiber steering wheel and black leather trim, upholstered in yellow contrast stitching with help from Upholstery Unlimited and designed by Gary Ragel. While the overall classic layout has been largely retained, it is clear that all materials have been upgraded. The cab is showcased with aluminum clad controls, grab handles and trim. A fusion head unit combined with Kicker speakers create the ultimate audio system. Unlike the original 1969 Dodge Charger, the Captiv features MoTec C1212 instrumentation gauges, a Vintage Air Gen IV Magnum climate control system, and a MoTec engine management system, making the Captiv a modern and technologically advanced version of the monstrous machine.
So, what’s changed about the Dodge Charger’s performance display?
The car has been extensively overhauled by Ringbrothers. After overhaul, the body-on-frame was modified and converted to a unibody, which significantly improved stiffness and reduced body roll. The redesigned version of the original 426 Hemi V8 engine is powered by a Hellcat crate engine that produces 707 horsepower. Painless wiring completely upgraded all wiring on the charger, while fuel pumps and fuel tanks were supplied by Rick’s Hot Rods. The redesigned MOPAR has front and rear suspension and an Art Morrison chassis, it also has RideTech adjustable dampers. The Captiv’s power comes from the supercharged V8 and is sent to the rear via the proven Bowler Tremec T-56 six-speed manual transmission and a QA1 carbon fiber driveshaft.
The design is the best feature of the Captiv charger
A set of HRE Ringbrothers Edition Recoil wheels measuring 19 inches in the front and 20 inches in the rear really compliment the Ringbrothers 1969 Charger Captiv and remind us of its beauty. The wheels are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S, with braking power coming from Baer disc brakes with red six-piston calipers. Despite the Captiv version of the Charger retaining its 1969 aesthetic, the extensive metalwork completed by the Ringbrothers has ensured that not a single inch of the Charger’s body has remained the same. The exterior is finished in BASF Speed Violation Yellow, also known as Porsche Signal Yellow, while the car is complimented with chrome exterior details such as the rims, grille, bumpers and other exterior components. The true magic of this incredible custom build comes down to the fit and finish of every part, which is why and where the Ringbrother’s construction really shines. From the one-off turn signals to the glossy door handles to the hood and trunk hinges, the Captiv charger is equipped with refreshing hardware that finishes its look from head to toe.
Overall, the Chargers Captiv is much more than just a modernized and updated engine. After 4,240 hours in the making, the 1969 Dodge Charger Captiv compromises an extremely powerful engine, memorable high speeds and heavenly looks. Unfortunately, the Captiv Charger is destined for New Zealand, so you won’t see it roaring through the streets of America, but it will certainly be a mesmerizing and captivating sight if you’re ever lucky enough to see it tearing through the streets.