Sure, it’s immediately recognizable. What first-generation Mustang isn’t? Only this one is linked to Ford mostly through inspiration. Very little that you see on this 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang convertible arrives by way of Dearborn. Instead, this show-quality Mustang, known as “CAGED,” is a ground-up effort undertaken by Ringbrothers of Spring Green, Wisconsin, which produces billet specialty components for vintage Mustangs but has obviously gone considerably further by creating CAGED from scratch.
Astonishingly, virtually every component on CAGED – except the basic body – is a custom piece crafted by Ringbrothers, the only actual Mustang components supplied by Ford being the center caps of the billet wheels. Metalwork included converting the Roadster Shop frame underneath the car into an actual unitized body structure, which was widened and lengthened by 1 inch over stock dimensions, with the grille sunk 2 inches deeper in the bodywork. Power comes from a 5.0-liter Ford Performance Coyote engine linked to Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission. Everything rides on a chassis with a tuning job based around the use of Penske Racing Shocks.