1992 Panoz Roadster Chassis #001

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If I was going to put something away, with the dare I say confidence, it will be worth $1MM+ within 25 years this would be it.

Find it here on WireWheel.com for $89,900

“Panoz Roadster # 001 was built as a factory test car in 1989 and was set up with the original Costin rear suspension design. Most testing was done at the race track and thus the car had been fitted with a Fuel Cell, Fire system, roll cage and 6 point harnesses. By 1992 the Costin rear end was abandoned for the sake of the less expensive and easier to source solid rear axle. To this end only one car with the alloy body, S/S chassis and Costin rear end was ever produced and was sold and titled as chassis #001 as a 1992 model when the company finally started production.

There was one early fiberglass bodied test mule that was a runner and is owned by Ray Buepre but this is not a finished car in any way and was never titled.”







“• EARLY PRE PRODUCTION ROADSTER-RACE CAR
• LESS THAN 5,000 MILES
• 1ST PANOZ PRODUCED USING ALLOY BODY & STAINLESS STEEL CHASSIS, PANOZ CHASSIS #001!
• VDO GAUGES
• FORD 302 H.O ENGINE WITH FUEL INJECTION
• 5 SPEED TRANSMISSION,
• 4 WHEEL DISC BRAKES
• ROLL BAR, FUEL CELL, AND FIRE SYSTEM FOR TESTING ON THE RACETRACK
• COMPETITION SEAT BELTS
• STREET OR TRACK
• RARE and COLLECTIBLE!
• THIS CAR WOULD MAKE AN IMPORTANT AND VALUABLE ADDITION TO ANY COLLECTION. THIS IS THE FIRST CAR PRODUCED FROM AN AMERICAN SPORTS CAR COMPANY, WHO WENT ON TO WIN THEIR CLASS AT LE MANS IN 2006!
The original Panoz Roadster was based on the chassis of the TMC Costin. Only 26 of these cars were built in Ireland before the factory closed. Dan Panoz bought the rights to this chassis and had American designer Freeman Thomas help him style a new body for the car around a stainless steel version of this chassis and Ford Mustang GT running gear. Thomas was quoted as saying Dan wanted something that was neither “too vintage” nor “too 90’s”. He asked what a hot-rodder would do with a Morgan! The design Thomas developed was a cross between an early European sports car, an American hot rod and a track racing car . There were only 44 of these stainless steel framed cars made during 1992-1995. All were basically “built-to-order” cars.” 

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