n2a [No Two Alike] Motors Inc. in Corona, California is producing a series of cars to appeal to the true Chevrolet enthusiast who wants to relive the 1950’s styling or visit this era for the first time. The hand-built two-seater cruiser made from the best of Chevy’s late 50’s models is made in a limited number of 50.
The Chevy 789
Most car enthusiasts recognize the look of a 1957 Chevrolet. In fact, many believe this car represents the essence of the styling of the 1950s when almost all cars could easily be identified by make, model and year. Those were the times when General Motors changed the complete body design of their cars each year in 1957, 1958, and 1959; a feat manufacturers say cannot be done economically today.
The model above is, in fact, a design that features the front end styling of a 1957 Chevrolet Belair, the middle section reflecting a 1958 Chevrolet Impala and the distinctive rear extremity of a 1959 Chevrolet. Thus the model designation, “7-8-9” covers the three years of the most popular Chevrolets of all time. The Chevy 789 is available in a Coupe or Convertible for $135,500 or $139,500 respectively (prices subject to change).
Here’s a look at the three original vehicles whose combined designs inspired the custom built Chevy 789.
The original ’58 Chevrolet Impala hardtop:
The original ’57 Chevy Belair hooded headlights and chrome grille:
The original ’59 Chevrolet tail fins:
Melding the design elements from the different Chevy models shown above, the 789 looks instantly iconic. It blends the best of three classics mounted atop a Le Mans-winning Corvette C6 chassis.
Aptly named for the three years represented in the overall design, the 789 has the “hooded eyes” and chrome grille of a ’57, a mid-section that’s reminiscent of a ’58 Impala and the “bird in flight” rear tailfins of a ’59. These three vehicles are all instantly recognizable classics celebrated by people around the world.
Based on the very reliable and extremely performance oriented new Corvette, known as the C6 for Corvette’s sixth generation, the body panels are replaced by newly designed carbon fiber body pieces specially sculptured for the 7-8-9. What results is a two seat sports car with production restricted to ‘no two alike’, thus the name of the company, n2a Motors. With more than 10,000 exterior and interior color combinations and hundreds of wheel designs, you can have the specific car of your dreams.
The Chevy 789 in baby blue and white with black interior:
If the performance of the C6 Corvette at 440 horsepower doesn’t satisfy your needs, a vast array of upgrades from performance intake and exhaust manifolds to over-the-top 1,000 horsepower enhancements are available. Turbocharging or supercharging options can be added to your individually commissioned dream machine. Brake packages including ceramic, carbon fiber or other high performance systems along with custom made exhaust packages all add to the overall wish list.
Inside, each 789 the interior is tri-toned as standard equipment, just like the 1958 Impala that inspired it. You can choose from virtually any available commercial fabric or leather combination at no extra cost.
Obviously, sound system upgrades are expected as well as some interior features designed to surprise and delight, such as lighted door panels that glow in different colors in sync with the music. Special embroidery on the seats is also a personal touch that reflects your wants. Body colors and combinations will not be duplicated adding to further individualism.
The Chevy 789 in orange and black with black interior:
The 789 offers the best of both worlds: retro looks and styling, and it will fire up every time you turn the key. The body is constructed of lightweight composite panels. n2a Motors has developed a process of using 80% carbon fiber with 20% fiberglass. This process yields a light weight rigid part as if it was 100% carbon fiber with the minimal properties of fiberglass that allows for show quality paint and finish.
The customer can either provide n2a Motors with a donor C6 series (2005-2009) Corvette, which currently retails for around $60,000 (though used models can be had for less), or they can locate one for you. (prices subject to change)
After stripping the corvette of its stock body, n2a hand-grafts the retro body panels over the stock frame, suspension, and massive 440-horsepower, 6.0-liter aluminum-block V8 engine. The base cost of conversion is $80,000, which includes choice of interior and exterior color schemes, specific 789 exhaust, and PST high-performance sway bars. A full range of upgrades are available, including up to 800 hp powertrains, custom suspension, audio/video/navigation systems, interior customization, and more. They will build each 789 to meet the customer’s specifications. However, please note that no previously built combination of paint scheme and interior treatment will be duplicated.
List Price (Subject to change)
Coupe = $135,500
Convertible = $139,500
Transmission: 6 speed manual or 6 speed auto with paddle shift
Top Speed: 180 mph
0 – 60: 4.5 seconds (stock)
Engine: 6.2L LS3 V8
Weight: 3,355 Coupe and 3,385 Convertible
Horsepower: 440HP +++
Torque: 440 @ 4600 +++
Length: 177.2 inches
Tires: 245/35ZR-19 front and 285/30ZR-20 rear
all photos and information courtesy of n2a Motors Corona, CA 92879