Lot 273- 2002 Panoz Esperante Roadster


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Up for sale is my 2002 Panoz Esperante roadster.

 

If you are not familiar with these, they are a low-volume, hand-built car by race car fabricators Panoz in Georgia. They start with the mechanicals from a Mustang Cobra SVT, which include a hand-built 4.6 liter 32-valve overhead cam aluminum V8 with a 5-speed manual T45 transmission, connected to the Cobra IRS rear suspension with limited slip differential. The engine is 320 HP, making for spirited performance with a 3,200 lb car.

 

The body and frame are fabricated of aluminum and carbon fiber. The interior has leather power seats, A/C, cruise, power windows, power mirrors, traction control, power top, and a nice stereo.

 

So it is like an exotic car in appearance, performance and construction (same market as Porsche, Ferrari, Lotus), but it can be repaired and maintained with parts available from Ford and local parts suppliers. Panoz also sells parts for the car.

 

This particular car is named Penny. The factory names each car, and panels under the hood show that name, and signatures of all the folks who built the car. Penny has about 76,000 miles. The original owner had the car in Utah until about 2015, with the CarFAX showing regular servicing.

 

The car is in excellent condition, both mechanically and cosmetically. The front fascia was recently repainted to eliminate paint chips that have occurred through the years, it has a new battery, and the rear shock absorbers were recently rebuilt and recalibrated for better performance. It includes the factory tool kit and owners manual.