There has been many modernized ’59 Corvettes, but this one by Pogea Racing – as far as we’re aware – is the finest of them all.
This version of the ‘Vette has a very very classic look, and that makes it suitable for such treatments. Pogea has revamped every single part of the car to create a super blend of old and new. The looks, which is what you really want, remain intact. But everything else pretty much is made better.
Underneath that glorious 50s body there’s a new chassis and modern coilover suspension system. The brakes are new too, and they are located inside a set of retro-looking lightweight alloys.
It’s a good job they’ve upgraded the brakes and stuff, because the engine in this car is a modern 2011 Chevy LS3 V8 with high performance fuel injectors, new camshafts and a direct, open intake with tip cone filter.
It makes 485hp and 585 Nm of torque which translate into 0 to 60mph time of 3.9 seconds and top speed in excess of 170mph. Seeing as this classic Corvette has not the most aerodynamic shape, and no roof either, it must be quite terrifying going that kind of speed in it!
The modern interior is our most favorite part of the car. The layout is pretty much the same as the old car, but you get modern materials and amenities, and flat bottom Vallelunga steering wheel, Cobra seats and an Alpine multi-media system. The cabin is finished in the same red and white combo as the exterior.
This is such a desirable car and you obviously want one. But there’s a problem with that. It costs 225,000 Euro.