Powerful and iconic as it is, the Mustang was never a true sports car, often handling like an old lady on the way to the grocery store. In the ‘90s, if you wanted better performance with the 5.0-liter Mustang and handling true to the motorsport ambitions, you would’ve opted for a Panoz Roadster instead. Provided that you had a healthy stack of cash, of course.
The lesser-known American sports cars producer kept the Mustang base but stripped the car of everything unnecessary, shedding nearly 900 pounds (approx. 450 kg). And when we say “everything unnecessary” we mean, literally, everything, except for the engine and the wheels. The only amenity this car has is a small heater to defrost the windshield, as this was mandatory according to U.S. law.
Well, the operation seems to pay off, as this 2,300-pound machine can achieve 0-60 mph (97 kph) in about 4.6 seconds, or just as quick as a Ferrari F40. Well, being built by Panoz, which has extensive connections with motorsport, we kind of expected that. The car is also freaking exclusive, as only 44 were built.
If you would like to own such a car these days, you are in luck, as one of those 44 cars is up for grabs on eBay. At $49,500, it is not the cheapest Panoz Roadster on the market either (as per Hagerty Valuation Tool) but sports cars enthusiasts will certainly appreciate the spirit of this car. Especially as this baby has aluminum body panels, stainless steel chassis, SLA front suspension with coilovers, a 4-link rear suspension with coilovers, and a removable hardtop.