The mantra for car show competitors is "it ain't done until it's overdone," and that's all I could think of last week when I saw the incredible "7-8-9" car from N2A Motors.
This car is built starting with a brand new 2010 Corvette convertible, purchased from a dealer by N2A and then rebodied and modified with their own custom parts. First, the Corvette body comes off and is replaced with N2A's carbon-fiber creation. The front of the car is styled to look like a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, then the door area is styled to resemble a 1958 Chevrolet Impala, and the tail section is formed just like a 1959 Impala, with those distinctive "wing" tail fins.
Inside, the 7-8-9 (which refers to the years of Chevy that were used as the model) includes a custom dash and tri-toned custom interior. N2A stands for "No Two Alike" and they will cheerfully create your custom car with any colors you like. And the kicker is that once it's done, they promise never to use those colors in the same combination again, so your car will be truly unique.
The cost of a 7-8-9 from N2A Motors is $139,500. That assumes a basic 2010 C6 Corvette with the 430 horspower LS3 engine and your choice of manual or automatic transmission. If you supply your own Corvette, the cost to perform the transformation is a cool $80,000.
Driving the 7-8-9 is a singular experience. The car has the fit and finish of a brand-new factory Corvette. Obviously, this ride draws attention wherever you go. The 7-8-9 is fast, and any hesitation one might feel about riding in a heavily modified car blows away as soon as you wheel it out onto the road.
Obviously, with a price tag far exceeding a new ZR1, the 7-8-9 is not for everyone, but if you want classic styling with state of the art performance, call the guys at N2A and arrange a test drive.