A lot of strange and intriguing e-mail crosses my digital transom. There are the rants and the raves, the corrections and the questions, and of course, plenty of press releases. You learn whose notes you want to read first—the e-mail hors d’ouevres, if you will—and those always include old friend Dick Nerod.
Now retired from General Motors, Dick is seemingly as active as ever, even if it’s just sending out notes like the one I got this morning on the N2A. Rather than interpret his words, here’s what he tells us: “This is built by N2A (No 2 Alike) motors. Cost $75,000 over cost of new Corvette. The company is planning a production run of about 100 vehicles. Sits on a Corvette C6 chassis, front styled like a ‘57 Chevy, side like a ‘58, rear like a ‘59. Hence the designation "789."
Apparently, this design mashup made its appearance at Autorama earlier in the year and is the brainchild of Fred Kanter, a collector and entrepreneur who also happens to own the rights to the Packard brand name. From what we’ve been able to piece together, it took him about 14 weeks to produce the carbon fiber body, though pretty much what’s underneath is stock C6 ‘Vette. That means about 400 horsepower from the LS2 V-8.
We’ve seen plenty of similar ventures over the years, including the disastrous Excalibur, thirty-some years ago. Whether N2A will pull it off is uncertain, but the look is certainly intriguing. To our own, jaded eyes, the most striking angle is the rear, which really does capture the best features of the ’59 Chevy.