If you're gonna make a modern tribute car, you could do a hell of a lot worse than the Porsche 356, the original Porsche. That's why I dig what French manufacturer PGO has done with their Cévennes, an awesome tribute to the classic 356 Speedster.
If there's one thing PGO knows, it's the 356. They got their start as a manufacturer of replicas of that car and other sports cars, and they have since moved on to making their own unique models, often with Peugeot engines.
But the frog motor has been ditched on the Cévennes for a 1.6-liter turbo four from a mid-mounted BMW that sends 181 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. That may not sound like a lot, but it's plenty when you consider the car weighs a scant 2,200 pounds and will do up to 140 mph. Not bad, right?
And it looks cool too. The proportions are a bit off from the old 356, but I think it holds its own. I'm digging that nice, spartan interior too.
The Cévennes just went on sale in Europe, according to Motor Authority. No word on whether it will make it here or not, but I would certainly love to take a spin in one.