Is there such a thing as retro gone too far?
Meet the custom-made Corvette 789. Underneath its hodgepodge of classic Chevy styling lays a C6 Corvette, and yes, it's for sale at the upcoming Mecum auction this August at Pebble Beach. Built by No 2 Alike, all of its stock mechanical tidbits are still in place, such as its 430 horsepower 6.2-liter V8, six-speed slushbox with paddle shifters, limited slip differential, and traction and stability control systems. It is a one-off build that's basically a celebration of Chevy design.
The body is constructed from a carbon fiber composite. Those front headlights and chrome front bumper are inspired by a '57 Bel Air, the mid-section is from a '58 Impala, and those "bird in flight" rear tailfins are from a '59 model, thus the 789 name. A set of custom chrome wheels and a MagnaFlow exhaust system were also added. The C6 comes equipped with the 3LT package, which retailed at $4,505, that tacks on driver seat and steering wheel memory function, dual sport seats, Bose audio, multi-function steering wheel, heads-up display side airbags and even a garage door opener.
The interior is covered in blue leather seat inserts and custom floor mats, but nothing was done on par with the retro exterior. No word yet on what the starting bid could be, but we don't doubt that someone will be more than willing to pay some serious cash for this. Decide among yourselves whether this Fifties Chevy design tribute is hideous, beautiful, or just a bit overdone. Photos by David Newhardt, Courtesy of Mecum Auctions.