Classic Corvettes are an essential part of every car collector’s garage, and the older the Corvette the more it is worth. It is rare to find a pre-1960 Corvette that is modified for performance, versus being fully restored down to every last nut and bolt. But there are still those brave fools out there who have no problem taking a classic Corvette and dropping a modern drivetrain under the hood.
Motor Trend reports that Pogea Racing, a German tuning outfit, has taken the classic ‘59 Corvette and thoroughly modernized it, from the tube frame chassis to the 485 horsepower LS3 engine.
At a cost of almost $300,000, Pogea Racing took a classic Corvette body and dropped it onto a tube frame chassis that is much stiffer than the original. A coil-over suspension kit brings the handling into the 21st century, and niceties like air conditioning, touchscreen navigation, and a booming stereo system have also been added.
Power comes from a Corvette-sourced 6.2 liter LS3 engine, which has high-lift camshafts, a new intake, and high-flow fuel injectors to bump performance to 485 horsepower and 431 ft-lbs of torque. That should help this Corvette sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, with a top speed of 179 MPH. Can you say yummy?