Kit Car Paradise Awaits in This Retro Abomination

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
kit car paradise awaits in this retro abomination

It wasn’t for kit cars, the Pontiac Fiero would have never realized its dream of becoming a Ferrari or Lamborghini, and we’d be just fine with that.

That product, born of the heady 1980s, seems tame compared to N2A Motors’ latest offering. The U.S. coachbuilder has taken three classic American designs and melded them, Island of Dr. Moreau-style, into the 789 SS.

It’s a questionable way of hiding a fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro.

In fairness to N2A, several of its models fall short of ringing the bell on the maybe this was a bad idea meter. The company will drop a 1960s Sting Ray-inspired body onto your C6 Corvette (the Stinger), or turn it into a voluptuous Italian supercar (the Anteros).

If you’ve got money burning a hole in your pocket, the company is only too happy to make you happy. This isn’t the Soviet Union — car buyers can express themselves in any way they want (while following all local, state and federal regulations).

With the Camaro 789 SS, N2A enters the why the hell not category. Instead of emulating another car, this creation covers three. The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air provides the inspiration for the front end, while the 1958 Impala covers the midsection. Out back, the distinctive bat wing taillights and horizontal tailfins of the ’59 Chevy glisten loud — very loud — and proud.

It’s the Human Centipede of cars.

Previous 789s used a donated C5 or C6 Corvette as a canvas, but the Camaro 789 SS uses a less-pricey 2010-2015 Camaro as its starting point. After handing it over to N2A, body panels made of carbon composite and fiberglass transform your drab Camaro into the best Eisenhower-era car never made. Any trim level will be accepted from would-be buyers, but convertibles only, please.

(H/T to Motor Authority)

[Images: N2A Motors]

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  • MazdaThreeve MazdaThreeve on Sep 19, 2016

    Why the modern alloys and not dish wheels (I hope that's the correct term, correct me if I'm wrong, folks)? The main issue with this thing (subjectivity aside) is it is straddling retro and modern at once. Ditch the modern alloys.

    • BigOldChryslers BigOldChryslers on Sep 19, 2016

      You're stuck with modern wheel offset and whatever size wheels will clear the brake calipers on the new Camaro. Personally I would go with the smallest diameter wheels possible, to allow tires that show a little more sidewall. The smallest diameter the 2016 Camaro came with is 245/50R18.

  • Kowalski Kowalski on Sep 22, 2016

    The company was already building this bodystyle for modern Corvettes several years ago. If they retooled it for the new Camaro then it implies that they have actually sold a few of these things. Like more than 2 or 3. That's messed up.

  • Matt Posky I paid a little under $300 bucks per month to park in Queens and was told by everyone else with a car that it was a great deal. Parking in Manhattan is typically far more expensive to rent and often involves waiting 20 minutes while someone fetches your car. Unless it was a secure garage where you yourself have 24 hour access directly to the vehicle, and it was less than a block away, there is no scenario in which I would actually purchase a parking spot in Manhattan.
  • Jeff S VoGhost--He is a Russian troll.
  • GrumpyOldMan The weather protection of a motorcycle plus the bulk of a car.
  • Kcflyer in a world where Miata doesn't exist this still seems like an expensive limited use choice
  • Verbal Crusher bait.