In the meantime… Chevy 789

I am still waiting for my Bugatti Veyron from those award things.

But in the meantime, can I have one of these?

I’m just askin’

Behold the Chevy 789.

This car was built by N2A motors (No Two Alike). The company is planning a production run of about 100 vehicles.

It sits on a Corvette C6 chassis. The front is styled like a ’57 Chevy, the side like a ’58, rear like a ’59 (a good year).

Cost is just $40,000 over cost of new Corvette C6.

I think I would much rather have this.

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  1. Bill in Texas says:

    Is it ok to think about such things during Lent?

    What a beautiful design!

  2. Hanna says:

    Oooh! Wouldn’t it be nice in red?

  3. Dove says:

    But do you have the right hat to wear?

  4. John Enright says:

    You have great tastes in cars, Father! I love that car . . . well, not actually love it, but I like it very much! LOL!

  5. Kathy says:

    That would be like your very own Batmobile. What would you call it?

  6. Christabel says:

    Bill in Texas : I think it is probably ok to think about such things during Lent, as long as you are careful not to enjoy it.

  7. joebe says:

    How about the Birettamobile?

  8. Thomas Burk says:

    The Corvette C-6 with the 6.2 liter LS-3 engine is capable of 30 miles/gallon (highway) At 436 HP, I think that is remarkable.

  9. Thomas says:

    On the topic of automobiles…

    I was driving on 95 North earlier today behind a truck with the licence plate: JB 007

    I want that licence plate and I’m willing to offer a bounty on the truck’s driver.

  10. Paul Haley says:

    I’m with you, Father Z. My first car was a 1959 Chevy Impala Convertible (used) and I wish I had never given it up – champagne pink with a white top and, of course, those tail fins. What a car! But we are to detach ourselves from things of this world and concentrate on the more lofty things, but, still, what memories!

  11. seminarian says:

    What a Car!!! Wow oh Wow what a car! [I think that is a “yes” vote!]

  12. Paul: I am tempted to quip that, with that price tag, it is one of the loftier things. But I won’t.

  13. Edward Martin says:

    Yes but does it have an ejection seat? Might come in handy when certain passengers discuss the liturgy.

  14. Edward: That sort of passenger doesn’t get to ride in this car.

  15. Immaculatae says:

    According the the Facebook quiz (they are stupid and I rarely agree though this time I will)
    I should be driving a Bugatti Veyron,too. I like the blue with black not the Smurf blue.
    My sister should be driving the BMW.
    I had a lot of fun sending her videos of my car leaving hers in the dust :)

  16. Emilio III says:

    Sorry Father: Friends don’t let friends drive Chevys! :-)

  17. Paul Haley says:

    Comment by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf — 31 March 2009 @ 4:45 pm

    Paul: I am tempted to quip that, with that price tag, it is one of the loftier things. But I won’t.

    Yes, indeed Father, especially since I bought my ’59 Chevy Impala Convertible for around $1700.00 in 1962. Those were the days. Someone might ask why I gave it up? Answer: not a car for a married man beginning to raise a family. Just one of the joys interspersed with the trials and tribulations of this world, I think.

  18. mariadevotee says:

    license plate for this car– Ora

  19. tertullian says:

    You’d be like a kid-in-the-candy store at the Barrett Jackson auctions! Palm Beach is next month…

  20. Skip the Bugatti. This Chevy is gorgeous.
    That color too.
    It has a retro feel.

  21. I was in San Francisco in January ’08 and whilst taking one of the hills caught a glimpse of bee-yoo-tee-ful vintage cars behind large glass windows. I was just starting to get over it. As of now, my recovery has been set back at least another year.

  22. Tzard says:


  23. Jayna says:

    Can I get it with white wall wheels? If they had a four-door, I’d totally go for the suicide doors (are those even legal anymore?).

  24. Matthew says:

    “But Father! But Father!”

    I think your dream car should be a Pagani Zonda F. After all, for ~1 million Euro, you also get a pair of shoes made by the Pope’s cobbler! The heart is even German, just like our Holy Father ;-).

  25. White walls…. yes…

  26. Matthew: I looked. I’ll stick with this 789.

  27. ckdexterhaven says:

    That car was designed by someone who LOVES cars. What a beautiful design. Fr. Z, are you the kind of person who “names” his cars? Just wondering! [Absolutely not.]

  28. Charles in CenCA says:

    Some of us in Old California express interest in whether da Chevy has the necessary, ahem, hydraulics and suspension modifications should you cruise to Pinks, Mels and such? Also, bring some SPF80, lots.

  29. Scott says:

    Upon seeing that thing, Johnny Cash immediately came to mind….

    The transmission was a ’53
    And the motor turned out to be a ’73
    And when we tried to put in the bolts all the holes were gone.

    So we drilled it out so that it would fit
    And with a little bit of help with an A-daptor kit
    We had that engine runnin’ just like a song
    Now the headlight’ was another sight
    We had two on the left and one on the right
    But when we pulled out the switch all three of ’em come on.

    The back end looked kinda funny too
    But we put it together and when we got thru
    Well, that’s when we noticed that we only had one tail-fin
    About that time my wife walked out
    And I could see in her eyes that she had her doubts
    But she opened the door and said “Honey, take me for a spin.”

  30. inillotempore says:

    Sweet ride…you’d really be “stylin” in that machine !

  31. Tom says:

    Saw a similar facelift on a new Vette recently only this one had the front and rear done up to look like the first year model with the 2 speed slushbox.

  32. Sharon says:

    I don’t drive but if I did I have always wanted to own an MG sports car in racing green. *sigh*

  33. Sharon says:

    The 1950s one of course!

  34. Franzjosf says:

    Wonderful body. Hope the engine measures up. Aesthetic quibble: the interior seats are all wrong. I don’t know how you cross the body-style with interior seats so that they measure up to what’s needed in a powerful car, but these are wrong. But comparing the sleekness of the body to the ‘splat’ of the seats just doesn’t work. Somehow, there must be a way to design the seats so that they have the aesthetic of the body and the engineering advances of a later era.

  35. Matthew W. I. Dunn says:

    Fr. Z asks (but, should know better):

    [C]an I have one of these?

    I’m just askin’


    Priests, moreover, are invited to embrace voluntary poverty by which they are more manifestly conformed to Christ and become eager in the sacred ministry. For Christ, though he was rich, became poor on account of us, that by his need we might become rich. . . . By living this form of life, priests can laudably reduce to practice that spirit of poverty commended by Christ.

    Vatican II, Presbyterorum Ordinis, no. 17

    Cost is just $40,000 over cost of new Corvette C6.

    I think I would much rather have this.

    Fr. Z, presumably you already have what you need to live your life and fulfill your ministry.

    Be still and have a HAPPY LENT!

    [Somebody needs a sense of humor! Happy Lent!]

  36. Thomas Burk says:

    Matthew – c’mon, man, lighten up a little! : )

    Vincenzo – that’s priceless! Thanks.

    Franzjosf – That’s a standard Corvette interior, from the looks of it. I suspect it also has all the Corvette mechanicals – which would be most likely be the LS3 motor – very capable at 430 or 436 hp, a pushrod V8 requiring relatively little maintenance, and Corvette running gear with superb handling and braking.

  37. Jason Keener says:

    Father Caped Crusader, I can see your ferraiolo flapping in the wind as you race to stop another liturgical abuse! WHAPP! BAM! POW!

    (I can ride shotgun, keeping one hand on your biretta at all times.)

  38. Jane says:

    I really like the colour of the car.

  39. ChrisDaCatholic says:

    Wait, so I thought this was $40,000 above a new C6? Somewhere around 80-90 thousand than right?

    For some reason I read on their website $135,000. Which is it?

    I need to know how much bailout money to ask for…

    but I jest, but seriously, which is it fratres et sorores?

  40. John Enright says:

    joebe: Calling it the “Birettamobile” is possibly the best name to give it. Great comment.

  41. PaulJason says:

    It looks like the car Homer bankrupted his brother with; it just needs the isolation bubble for the children.

  42. Kradcliffe says:

    That is one seriously ugly car. [?!?] And I say that as someone who drives a Fiat Multipla (visually a combination of a minivan and a cicada.)

    Hold out for the Bugati, Father!

  43. Bogna says:

    Why only one car? One for each liturgical season, to match the liturgical colors. And one “rose” to use only twice a year! [I like the way you think. You are on to something. I would thus have to get a green version of this to be able to drive in during the summer months.]

  44. Ann says:

    I really really like that car! OH WOW.

    and usually, I am more of a truck sort of gal!

  45. Pharisee says:

    They just don’t make em like they used to no more. There is something about computer technology (in this case something like autocad) that makes the designs these days much less appealling, less beautiful. I believe it has to do with the focus on particulars as opposed to considering the whole as an artist. Computers enable designers to focus on manipulating particulars (say the shape of a fender or rear tail lights) that do not necessarily take reference to, or compliment the whole in the vision of the artist. Often, I believe there is no whole vision but rather a hiper active manipulation of particulars that searches for something “cool” that might appeal to the greedy consumer heart that wants a “niche” of their own, but these sorts of niches really make us all the same. Take a look at most cars on the road today and you will see they basically all look the same with very superficial differences not of their wholes but rather of the particulars that make up a meaningless, vague, and nameless whole.

  46. Ohio Annie says:

    Chris, i think the C6 is about 90k. not that i was looking or anything… 8-)

  47. irishgirl says:

    Wow Fr. Z-you really know how to choose cars-that one is awesome!

    Vincenzo-oh, man, you nearly made me LOL in the library with that picture! Perfect!

    Does Fr. Longnecker know about this…? Heehee…

  48. Charivari Rob says:

    But Father! But Father! [brings to mind an image of Horschack, Epstein, et al waving their hands in front of Mr. Kotter in the classroom]

    Isn’t one of the items in your ‘perfect priect’ criteria that he drive an inexpensive used car that still looks good and dignified (on $50/month)? ;^)

    It does some have appeal, true, but I don’t know about mixing all the style elements from different years and models. It gets a little busy.

    Hmmm. The more I think about it, I just can’t see you in it. It looks like something that Andrew Greely would have the Ryans buy for Bishop Blackie. 8*)

  49. Manrique Zabala de Arízona says:

    Wow, The Fast and teh Furious Goes 50s ;)

  50. Greg the Beachcomber says:

    That Chevy’s a head-turner, but I think it could use some flames. I’ve seen the Bugatti Veyron on Top Gear, and I question whether I’d be able to figure out how to start it, let alone drive it. And if I did figure it out, I’d be worried about what to say when my wife asked to drive it. [How about… “No.”?] Or worse, parallel park it.

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