I’m not usually much for retro cars nor replicas. The classic autos that I actually like, which is few and far between unless you consider cars from the 80’s to be classics (ouch!), I pretty much only like the original versions of. Replicas feel like “what’s the point” to me. Kind of like drinking decaf coffee.
However, after coming across the PGO web site, and their Speedster II, I may have found an exception to those feelings. This is one sexy beast from a French car manufacturer. Classic styling with a contemporary twist.
PGO’s two founders, Prévôt Gilles and Olivier, got their start about 25 years ago building replicas on a very small production scale. In 1998 they decided to build a prototype of a “completely new and exciting car” for the 2000 Paris Auto Show. It was the Speedster II. This presentation propelled them to car manufacturer status. They ended up adding 2 more models to the line up and have ramped up production.
The Speedster II, as well as the other 2 models, all follow the philosophy mentioned above. The cars are based on the Porsche Speedster styling while providing a modern take on the lines, equipment and creature comforts. One of the things I love about PGO’s cars is they have maintained strong ties to the original styling from the 50’s and 60’s. Every time I look at their cars, I’m reminded of an Outlaw 356.
The cars look quite a bit shorter to me than the original Porsche Speedster, but at 151 inches they’re less than 5 inches shorter than the longest first generation Speedster (which was 152-156 inches). I suppose the biggest reason is the shorter hood and longer rear end. It’s more split proportionally than the original Speedsters.
It’s 138 hp engine (I think they’re using Peugot engines) propels the 2156 pound car from 0 to 62 mph in about 7 seconds. Not bad for a Speedster. On that note, that’s always been one of my beefs with replicas. Since you don’t have anything original, why not give your ride a little more juice. Course I’m also the guy that would drop a turbo into a 356 Outlaw and be dang happy.
All in all, these are cool cars. Nothing available in the States yet that I can see. I’m sure that’s just a matter of time though. Check out the PGO web site for more info and pictures: PGO Automobiles.
[Source and Pictures: PGO.fr]