Rare Rides: A 2016 PGO Speedster II - French and Unknown

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
rare rides a 2016 pgo speedster ii french and unknown

If it looks like a classic 1950s Porsche ⁠— and has its engine in the same place, too, — it’s probably a PGO from 2016.

Let’s find out more about this tiny French automotive concern.

PGO was founded in 1985 by the Prevot brothers, Gilles and Olivier. Headquartered in Saint-Christol-lès-Alès in Southern France, the brand spent its first decade or so producing replicas of existing vehicles. But PGO wanted more, and by the turn of the century the company was on an upward trajectory. 2000 saw the debut of a vehicle PGO designed from ground up, the Speedster II, at the Paris Motor Show. Though it was designed in the vein of an old Porsche, the platform and power underneath were modern.

Interest in its new car secured, in 2001 PGO established a factory near its headquarters. To raise money for the building of actual cars, the company had an IPO on the Paris Stock Exchange. The offering went well, and Speedster IIs started to roll off the production line via special order only.

Powering the 2,198-pound roadster was the engine from a Mini Cooper S. The turbocharged 1.8-liter sent 181 horses to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. An automatic was optional, as was an alpaca-lined soft top, various wheels, navigation, and several different leather packages for the bespoke interior. Additional sporting performance via performance shocks, brakes, and exhaust were also available, though the exhaust packages meant the Speedster II was legal only on a track.

In 2005 PGO fell under the controlling interest of the Kuwaiti holding company Al Sayer Group, which increased its overall funding. Flush with cash, the company designed a second roadster named Cévennes. After that came the company’s first coupe, a more daring design known as Hemera. There were apparently more roof ideas after that third market entry, as the Cévennes C eventually arrived with a removable hardtop.

Building up a small portfolio of vehicles, PGO’s flagship store opened in Paris in 2010. Given all PGO’s models used Mini engines, the two brands inked an official deal for factory fresh BMW power in 2012. PGO continues to this day, building all four of its models in a singular factory. Today’s Rare Ride is a 2016 Speedster II with an automatic transmission and a black and tan color scheme. Yours for $39,000.

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  • Jeff S Jeff S on Jan 28, 2020

    Just at Lucas electronics for the ultimate Star Wars experience.

  • Ajla Ajla on Jan 28, 2020

    "Yours for $39,000." I would definitely rather have yesterday's Fiat and $10K in my pocket.

  • Nrd515 Usually for me it's been Arby's for pretty much forever, except when the one near my house dosed me with food poisoning twice in about a year. Both times were horrible, but the second time was just so terrible it's up near the top of my medical horror stories, and I have a few of those. Obviously, I never went to that one again. I'm still pissed at Arby's for dropping Potato Cakes, and Culver's is truly better anyway. It will be Arby's fish for my "cheat day", when I eat what I want. No tartar sauce and no lettuce on mine, please. And if I get a fish and a French Dip & Swiss? Keep the Swiss, and the dip, too salty. Just the meat and the bread for me, thanks. The odds are about 25% that they will screw one or both of them up and I will have to drive through again to get replacement sandwiches. Culver's seems to get my order right many times in a row, but if I hurry and don't check my order, that's when it's screwed up and garbage to me. My best friend lives on Starbucks coffee. I don't understand coffee's appeal at all. Both my sister and I hate anything it's in. It's like green peppers, they ruin everything they touch. About the only things I hate more than coffee are most condiments, ranked from most hated to..who cares..[list=1][*]Tartar sauce. Just thinking about it makes me smell it in my head. A nod to Ranch here too. Disgusting. [/*][*]Mayo. JEEEEZUS! WTF?[/*][*]Ketchup. Sweet puke tasting sludge. On my fries? Salt. [/*][*]Mustard. Yikes. Brown, yellow, whatever, it's just awful.[/*][*]Pickles. Just ruin it from the pickle juice. No. [/*][*]Horsey, Secret, whatever sauce. Gross. [/*][*]American Cheese. American Sleeze. Any cheese, I don't want it.[/*][*]Shredded lettuce. I don't hate it, but it's warm and what's the point?[/*][*]Raw onion. Totally OK, but not something I really want. Grilled onions is a whole nother thing, I WANT those on a burger.[/*][*]Any of that "juice" that Subway and other sandwich places want to put on. NO, HELL NO! Actually, move this up to #5. [/*][/list=1]
  • SPPPP It seems like a really nice car that's just still trying to find its customer.
  • MRF 95 T-Bird I owned an 87 Thunderbird aka the second generation aero bird. It was a fine driving comfortable and very reliable car. Quite underrated compared to the GM G-body mid sized coupes since unlike them they had rack and pinion steering and struts on all four wheels plus fuel injection which GM was a bit late to the game on their mid and full sized cars. When I sold it I considered a Mark VII LSC which like many had its trouble prone air suspension deleted and replaced with coils and struts. Instead I went for a MN-12 Thunderbird.
  • SCE to AUX Somebody got the bill of material mixed up and never caught it.Maybe the stud was for a different version (like the 4xe) which might use a different fuel tank.
  • Inside Looking Out Scandinavian design costs only $600? I mean the furniture.