Mike and Jim Ring have remained grounded, although the muscle cars they build for millionaires feel like they can almost fly.
The brothers are treated like rock stars each November when they unveil their latest work in Las Vegas at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show, considered the World Series for their industry. Their work has been on the covers and homepages of countless magazines, and awards are commonplace.
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Oldsmobile built some of the most potent Muscle Cars of the era, and today they are among the most desirable. This week, we're featuring a 1970 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible, and it is loaded with all the right stuff, including the 370 HP W-30 455 V8, the close ratio Muncie 4-Speed transmission, and the super-rare W27 aluminum center rear axle assembly. Word on the street is that there are only a couple W-30 4-speed convertibles ever built with the W27 out of the 96 drop-tops made. The story of this car is just as unique, as the history is known back to the day the original order was placed for the car at Hansel Olds in Fullerton, California by Robert "Rug" Kazley.
The backstory: Zac found this nightmare/dream Chevelle in Toledo, Ohio. It was on Craigslist. It had collision damage in the front. It had a big-block bolted to an automatic. Zac had a stout 327 on his engine stand at home. He passed on the big-block and took the car as a roller. He said the most challenging aspect of the project was getting the body back in shape and that if he’d do this over, he’d begin with a bona fide 138 VIN instead of a pedestrian Malibu. A little bit further on, it turns out that Zac’s dad, Rich, had graduated high school in 1967, so that was a special year for him.
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