A German company has taken a true American classic and brought it roaring into the 21st century.
Eduard Pogea, head of POGEA RACING GmbH, says his company’s objective with this 1959 Corvette was “to marry contemporary driving characteristics, a terrifically powerful engine, dependable brakes, and a refined vehicle interior with classic bodywork.”
Underneath that iconic body is all the modern technology that 2012 has to offer, starting with an in-house tube frame that improves stiffness and provides a solid base on which to mount the height-adjustable coilover suspension and the modern drive and brake systems.
The engine compartment boasts a Corvette LS3 engine that has been beefed up with LS7 fuel injectors, aggressive camshafts, and a direct, open intake with tip cone filter. The 6.2-liter engine now rates at 485-hp, good for a 0-100 km time of 3.9 seconds (that’s 62 mph for us Americans) and a top speed of 288 km’s or 179 mph.
You’ve got to be able to stop a monster like this, though, and the POGEA is up to the task with LS5 brakes that feature perforated, internally ventilated discs and six-piston front calipers and four-piston rear calipers.
POGEA’s creation houses enormous 9.5×18 front and 12×19 rear wheels, thanks to the ingenious trick of doubling the size of the original mudguards to house them. The rear now features four LED light clusters , and the beautiful Rosso and Bianco (red and white) paint completes the picture.
The interior likewise has been updated with carpeting and smooth leather, along with a Vallelunga steering wheel with flattened lower rim and Cobra seats to provide more legroom. Also featured are an Alpine multi-media system including satnav and a retro-fitted AC unit.
The car will sell for 225,000 Euros or $294,750.
POGEA RACING GmbH offers chip tuning on a Dynojet all-wheel-drive test bench for all current vehicle models and restores old cars, too.. They are also enthusiasts who love to create individual and offbeat vehicles. In particular POGEA Racing provides refinements to vehicle interiors, as well as optimizing performance and aerodynamics.
“This upgraded ’59 Corvette has been created as a result of the combination of these skills and by choosing the right partners for the venture,” Pogea said. “It is the symbiosis of American roots and quality workmanship ‘made in Germany.’”