The Cadillac XLR was an interesting proposition as General Motors took the proven Chevrolet Corvette, wrapped it up in Cadillac bodywork and gave it a more luxurious interior.
The resulting product was billed as a Mercedes SL competitor, but it never really caught on. There’s countless reasons for this, including high prices and the decision to use a Northstar V8 engine, but the car is still notable a decade after production wrapped up.
While the XLR might not have flown off dealer lots, N2A Motors used the convertible as a basis for this retro-themed roadster. Currently listed on eBay for a Buy It Now price of $139,995 (£107,656 / €124,478), the highly modified vehicle is essentially a Corvette dressed up as a Cadillac dressed up as a handful of older Chevrolets.
The Russian nesting doll of a vehicle has a Bel Air-inspired front fascia and a distinctive rear end that pays tribute to the Impala. Of course, the transformation is only partially successful as the windshield and mirrors carryover from the XLR. The retractable hardtop appears to carryover as well as and it’s angular lines probably don’t mesh with the retro vibe.
Regardless, the cabin is stock XLR with the exception of a special badge on the steering wheel. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as the model comes nicely equipped with heated / ventilated leather seats, wood trim and a 6.5-inch infotainment system with GPS navigation. Other highlights include a head-up display, a dual-zone automatic climate control system and a nine-speaker Bose audio system.
Since the model is based on a 2005 XLR, it has a 4.6-liter V8 engine that produces 320 hp (239 kW / 324 PS) and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a five-speed automatic transmission which sends power to the rear wheels.
There’s no word on how much mileage is on this particular vehicle, but the price tag seems steep considering you can pick up a 2005 XLR, 1957 Bel Air and 1959 Impala for less. Of course, if you’ve ever wanted all three vehicles in one – you don’t have many options.