Simplify, Then Add V8: 1993 Panoz Roadster

The Panoz Roadster was launched in 1992 as an American interpretation of Colin Chapman’s legendary Lotus 7. If Chapman said “simplify, then add lightness”, then Don Panoz said “simplify, then add a Mustang V8.” The Roadster (later called the AIV Roadster) used Ford Mustang running gear, and powertrain installed in a welded steel chassis (the Aluminum Intensive Vehicle version later replaced the steel with aluminum for additional weight reduction). The end result was a 2571 lb Roadster with 240 horsepower 5.0 V8 (later upgraded to 305 horsepower with the 4.6 DOHC V8) and super car performance… at least super car performance for 1993 and a crazy price tag…at least usually. Today we’ve got a cheap example offered for a reasonable sum considering the rarity and cool factor. Find this 1993 Panoz Roadster offered for $25,000 in Dublin, GA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:

1993 Panoz Roadster
condition: excellent
cylinders: 8 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 35400
paint color: green
size: full-size
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: convertible
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1993 Panoz Roadster – NEW PRICE $25.000!

Original Owner & Low Miles

This 1993 Panoz Roadster is one of about 44 built. It is a limited production sports car that received rave reviews in 1993 by many of the magazine editors that had an opportunity to road test the car. I have included some of the comments from some of the editors that road tested these cars in 1993 – 1994. Some of the specs that make the car immediately interesting is that it is equipped with the Ford 302 V8 engine, 5-speed manual transmission, 4 wheel disk brakes and just under a 100 inch wheel base. A top speed between 130 and 155 mph depending on which review you were reading. A most important spec on the car is that the 0-60 time was just over 4 seconds and more accurately maybe 4.2 seconds!! In 1993 that is about as fast as any production or limited production car would go that didn’t cost super dollars.

The craftsmanship on the Panoz was known to be near perfect and the acceleration was mind boggling and the Ford disk brakes just about stopped the car on the proverbial dime.

The facts on this particular 1993 Panoz

Has the original Ford 5 liter V8 (302 c.i.)engine.

The factory supplied Borg Warner 5-speed manual transmission.

35,400 miles on odometer.

This original owner Panoz comes with the optional full convertible top and side curtains, anti-theft device and Tonneau cover. It has never been in an accident and it comes in the original emerald green paint and lovely tan interior. One of the beauties of the Panoz is that it can be serviced at your local Ford dealer without any fuss.

Five years ago this car was brought up to top spec condition including all routine maintenance. The car also has an updated radiator, updated alternator and updated fuel pump.

This model of Panoz was built between 1992 and 1995 with only 44 cars built at the factory, making it an extremely rare collector piece of history. Another very interesting fact about the car is that the chassis is made from stainless steel.

If you like to collect cars that you won’t see coming and going at every car show, this could be the car that you are looking for. The Panoz fill the bill for those that want something really rare and also for those that want a highly drivable, super fast car that turns heads everywhere, this car will not disappoint.

The car is priced at a very competitive price, the internet is loaded with information about the 1993 Panoz.

Check out the fit and finish and near perfect seam and the non-flex stainless steel chassis and a weight distribution of 50/50. All this from several different road test of the days.

Video of car running on Youtube

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