The Chevrolet Corvette made its debut in 1953, marking the first, and arguably the best, generation for the iconic sports car. Crazy as it seems, an owner of one of these first generation jewels wasn’t satisfied and made a call to Pogea Racing to give his 1959 Corvette some "modern" treatment. Now that classic sports car can boast of "contemporary driving characteristics, a terrifically powerful engine, dependable brakes and a refined vehicle interior with classic bodywork."

One of the things we are certain the Corvette had when it entered Pogea Racing’s shop was class, so getting it to the next level would seem to be an easy task. For this, Pogea Racing painted the Corvette in a classic combination of the original Ferrari colors, Rosso and Bianco. That’s red and white for us common folks. The Corvette was then given a generously-sized sports brake system taken from the Corvette LS5 and a new set of 18" racing wheels to top it off.

The red and white motif continues to the interior where the tuning company also added a combination of carpeting and smooth leather. A Vallelunga steering wheel with flattened lower rim was also added for that modern touch, as was Cobra seats, an Alpine multi-media system including satnav, a retro-fitted AC unit, and servo-steering.

A modern edge could not be complete without an ode to the powerful engines of our time, so Pogea Racing slapped in a new 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine to replace the small block V8 engine in the original model. This left the Corvette with 485 HP at 4400 rpm and 431 lbs-ft at 6200 rpm, an increase from the original 283 HP. In addition to the engine swap, the tuner also installed aggressive camshafts and a direct, open intake with tip cone filter, plus a tuned exhaust flow. The result is a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 179 mph.

  • 1959 Chevrolet Corvette by Pogea Racing
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    LS3 V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    485 @ 4800
  • Torque @ RPM:
    431 @ 6200
  • Displacement:
    6.2 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.9 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    179 mph
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  • body style:

Performance characteristics

1959 Chevrolet Corvette by Pogea Racing High Resolution Exterior
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  • Length: 4501 mm
  • Width: 2090 mm
  • Height: 1271 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2591 mm


  • Unladen weight: 1130 kg (2491 lbs)
  • Power-to-weight ratio: 2.3 kg/HP (5 lb/HP)
1959 Chevrolet Corvette by Pogea Racing Drivetrain
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  • V8 cylinder, 6162 cm³
  • 485 HP / 357 kW at 4400 rpm
  • 431 lb-ft / 585Nm at 6200 rpm


  • 5-gear, manual
  • Optional automatic gearbox


  • Top speed: 288 kms/h (179 mph)
  • Acceleration 0-100 kms/h (0-62 mph): 3.9 seconds


  • 225,000 Euro, including VAT ($296,437 at the current rates)
1959 Chevrolet Corvette by Pogea Racing High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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  (517) posted on 03.5.2012

That’s a very creative way to reuse and upgrade a preserved car. At least with vintage looks, it has the performance of modernized cars.

  (600) posted on 02.22.2012

I think the company should reproduce another models of this car and sell it. It will surely become a great asset to them! I like the style, specially the mags which makes this car more elegant.

  (463) posted on 02.16.2012

Well, the concept of Chevrolet is very timeless and it’s getting more popular on the car industry. The engine output of this produces 179 mph which could be an impressive one. This looks more dynamic as time goes by.

  (594) posted on 02.8.2012

The interior should change its color. It doesn’t look good with an overall red color. It would have been better if the interior also combined colors scarlet and white to add more drama.

  (530) posted on 02.7.2012

I have just realized how very much interesting and beautiful was the car from the past decade. They are still eye-catchy, stunningly, and remarkably.

  (530) posted on 02.6.2012

Wow! This Chevrolet has a horsepower of 485 and the engine of it is V8 making it absolutely cool. This has preferably more features to show up on the market sales. A most talked-about model.

  (580) posted on 02.3.2012

It’s nice to know that this 1959 Chevrolet was the icon when it was produced. It’s surprising to learn that in year 1959 this Chevrolet has its sprinting power from zero up to sixty miles per hour in just 3.9 seconds. It has a great horse power at 485. The engine was V8, which is extreme. 

  (10) posted on 02.2.2012

should have kept it classic. Though it looks better than will.i.ams "modern" 1958 corvette.

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