Top Builder Profile: Ringbrothers Turn Classic Caddy Into Daily Driver

By Juan Torres

Mike and Jim Ring’s ’48 Cadillac was one of two Ringbrothers entries named into the 2016 SEMA Battle of the Builders Top 10.

Mike and Jim Ring have been doing body work and painting cars since they were 10 and 11 years old. Over the past decade, their shop, Ringbrothers, located in Spring Green, Wisconsin, has rocketed into the top ranks of American car builders, thanks to numerous design awards, including the GM Design Award for Best Chevrolet of Show at the 2014 SEMA Show, several Goodguys Gold Awards, back-to-back Goodguys Street Machine of the Year awards, multiple Mothers Shine Awards, countless magazine covers and several builds commissioned by OEMs.

One of their recent builds, a ’48 Cadillac, was one of two Ringbrothers cars that was named to the 2016 SEMA Battle of the Builders Top 10. With this car, they combined the classic look of the ’48 Cadillac fastback with the performance and technology of the ’16 ATS-V Cadillac by adding a twin-turbo ATS-V V6 with 464 hp and an eight-speed automatic to the classic body.

“We gave the car owner the classic car that he wanted with the reliability of a new car,” said Jim Ring.

The Ringbrothers made it to the Top 3 in the inaugural Battle of the Builders in 2014, the Top 10 in 2015, and were excited to have two cars in the Top 10 in 2016.

“It’s unbelievable. To have two cars in the Top 10, that’s over the top,” said Mike Ring. “We’ve got some great backers—Flowmaster, BASF, Royal Purple and Prestone. We can’t do this without their help. We’re a couple of small guys from the cornfield in Wisconsin.”

Behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and stories of the 2016 Battle of the Builders competition will be showcased in an hour-long TV special that will air at 10:00 p.m. (EST), February 6, on the Velocity Network. Mark your calendars, set your DVRs and tell your friends not to miss the show.

For more information, visit, and check out Mike and Jim Ring’s behind-the-scenes videos on SEMA’s YouTube channel.