Sunday, November 23, 2014

For Jay G, The Chevy 789

 Jay G posted up some Friday Car Pr0n and he questioned how well a retro '57 Bel Air or Nomad would do in the market and whether it would get done right.

Here's one answer, the Chevy 789, taking features from the '57, '58, and '59 Chevrolet, grafted onto the body of a C5 or C6 series Corvette. The body is hand done. The engine is replaced with one a number of high performance options. There's a theme to them, but each one is unique.

They look like this.




It's a Grail Car. With the starter car for this project being a late model Corvette, and the cost of the mod, one of these will set you back at least $140,000.

6 comments:

NotClauswitz said...

The pink-and-gray one looks modern enough to build now. But will GovMotors ever build anything worthwhile again?

Old NFO said...

Beautiful, and no, we'll never see anything like this from GM...

drjim said...

Those have been around for several years, and get rave reviews.

Goober said...

If they manage to maintain even a smidgen of the corvette's performance and handling, my guess is that these things are pretty awesome cars.

As for GM not building anything cool, you guys must not be paying attention.

Take a look at the 2014 corvettes. The Z06 is nearing supercar territory.

Will said...

The details are fuzzy, but there was a problem with the '59 Chevy tail design. IIRC, the wing effect worked backwards, as it made the tail end lift at high speed, seriously degrading stability.

That seemed to be common knowledge among the car guys in the 60's, and I never saw a built '59 model. As ugly as the '58 was, they were hotrodded, with the '60 a bit more common. Aactually, the '58 made a good sleeper, as it was considered the worst looking of any made later than '55, for a Chevy.

drjim said...

My Dad had a '59, and he said it NEVER did anything like that. He drove about 50,000 miles per year, a lot of it on highways at 70MPH+.

That story about the rear end lifting up is an urban myth that just won't die.....