Sadly, this futuristic Hyundai Pony restomod will likely be stashed away in a museum

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by Tom Harrison | Apr 15, 2021
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How cool is this? It’s a first-generation Hyundai Pony that’s been thoroughly modernized by Hyundai’s own designers. Not just a model, but (we’re led to believe) an actual first-gen Pony painstakingly disassembled, re-engineered, and then screwed back together again. It’s currently on display at the company’s new customer center in Busan, South Korea. And no, you can’t buy one.

The Hyundai Pony

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You’ll recognize its pixelated head- and taillights from the new Ioniq 5 (whose design is actually inspired by the Pony). Otherwise, the exterior is pretty faithful to the original ‘70s design, just refined a bit. Inside it’s all new, though. Just look at those seats, the (what appears to be) aluminum trim, and nixie-tube instrumentation. Gorgeous.

The Hyundai Pony Rear View

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It’s electric, of course, though we don’t know where the powertrain comes from (Kona Electric, Ioniq 5? Possibly), how far it can go on a charge, or how fast it is. Doesn’t matter—this is a museum piece and is destined to remain so. Which is a great shame.

The Hyundai Pony Steering Wheel

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The Pony, in case you’ve forgotten, was the very first Hyundai and South Korea’s first mass-produced car. Styled by Italdesign Giugiaro and revealed at the Turin Motor Show in 1974, it was a compact rear-drive three/five-door hatchback with the engine from a Mitsubishi.

The Hyundai Pony Odometer

Question: If Hyundai revived the Pony as a retro-tastic EV like this, would you be tempted?

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More photos of the Hyundai Pony restomod:

The Hyundai Pony Head Lamp

The Hyundai Pony Tail Lights

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The Hyundai Pony Head Lamp Closeup

NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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