||Custom mix Hot Red
condition, great color combo, custom HRE rims,
serviced & well cared for, always garaged, BMI sold this back in
2002 and just purchased it back from our client, fast, loud and lots of
fun - this is what the Plymouth Prowler should have been. Can be serviced by any SVT Ford dealer. Rare
rare rare (only 176 built) and a lot of eye appeal!
/ best offer
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(VIN: 1P9PA1823WB213003), custom factory mix hot red (PPG 75614) / tan leather interior with wood instrument surround &
center console, Borg Warner T45 5-spd. trans., 4,900 original miles, built 12/1997 (the 3rd 1998 built), sold new at Manhattan
Motorcars, shipped to the selling dealer 01/28/1998 with 39 miles, in-service date of 03/12/1998 with 45 miles, (280 cubic inch)
all-aluminium hand assembled 4.6L 32V DOHC V8, 305 hp @ 5,800 rpm., 300 lb-ft. torque @ 6,800 rpm., sequential electronic
fuel injection, distributor less coil-on-plug ignition, 2.5" polished exhaust pipes, twin-tiered extruded aluminium space frame
with steel suspension subframes, steel side-impact door beams, collapsible steering linkage, 13" front brakes with vented discs
and twin piston calipers and stainless steel braided brake lines, 10" rear brakes with vented disc and single piston calipers,
Roush Racing tuned 4-wheel independent suspension with polished stainless steel double wishbones, unequal length upper
and lower control arms, adjustable coil over shocks, large bore extruded aluminium chassis rails and backbone, mild steel
tubular subframes, superplastics formed aluminium body panels, power
rack & pinion steering, 8.8" rear differential with alu-
minium case and 40% LSD, custom final drive ratio of 3.27:1.
Vehicle has all available Options including: 3-spoke NARDI sport steering wheel, polished aluminium shift knob - shift gate
surround - pedal covers - dead pedal footrest and gas filler cap, windshield mounted wind wings, burled walnut wood dash
and center console trim, hand-stitched black two-bow soft top with plastic rear window and removable side curtains, electronic
anti-theft system with ignition immobilizaion (1 key and 0 remotes), CFC-free a/c, Panoz logo embossed in headrests, leather
shifter and handbrake boots, intermittent windshield wipers, centrally located instrument gauge cluster with white faced full
analog gauges, Eclipse ESN 5331 AM/FM in-dash CD stereo system with two 6.5" Eclipse speakers center mounted in
between the seats, custom built 18x8 & 18x9 forged HRE 542 10-spoke rims with BF Goodrich Comp T/A tires (245/40-18f
& 295/35-18R) with Tread Measurements: DF: 8/32, PF: 8/32, DR: 7/32, PR: 7/32 (10/32 is new tire tread depth), colored crest
center caps, Schumacher
battery tender installed, no known or detectable paintwork, no accident history or stories, the leather
interior and carpet look new,
paint is in excellent condition with little to no rock chips or other flaws, rim lips are as new with no
scuffs or curb damage, one of only
72 built in 1998 and one of only 176 AIV's ever built, have factory owners manual, window
sticker and copies of magazine articles about the Panoz AIV, 4 owners since new (BMI sold this car to its most recent PO
on 09/2002 with 3,898 miles), all services and recalls performed, checks out with Panoz, clean AutoCheck report, this is what
the Plymouth Prowler should have been!, an as-new example of a classic cycle fender roadster with modern day V8 muscle
and a manual transmission in a great color combo, new MSRP of $58,418.00.
Start of Panoz AIV Roadster production:
1996 Switch to Panoz AIV Roadster - 6 cars built for crash test and mules.
Only 4 survived as pre-production prototypes.
No 1996’s were ever sold outside the factory.
VB213005 was the first production Panoz AIV Roadster sold to the public.
produced prior to #5 were built for testing, show and demonstration
1997 Panoz AIV Roadster Production:
19 Black Metallic
Total = 49
1998 Panoz AIV Roadster Production:
13 Black Metallic
7 Sunburst Yellow
6 Ocean Extreme
1 British Racing Green
1 Pearl White
1 Copper Bronze Extreme
Total = 72
1999 Panoz AIV Roadster Production:
8 Black Gloss
2 Black Metallic
2 Blue Metallic
Total = 55
The last 10 1999 cars were sold in 2000 as 10th anniversary
editions. They were all Titanium color with polished valve covers
and polished Penske shocks. Four of these cars had aftermarket
superchargers installed as non-factory equipment. In addition to
the four anniversary editions that were supercharged, some regular 1999
cars were supercharged for dealers after they were sold by the factory.
1997 49 Panoz AIV Roadsters
1998 72 Panoz AIV Roadsters
1999 55 Panoz AIV Roadsters (includes 10 Anniversary models)
Total Panoz AIV Roadsters sold to the public = 176
Total of all Panoz Roadsters sold to the public = 220
Pre AIV Panoz Roadsters have a stainless steel space frame and aluminum
body. Power is a 5 liter iron block 225 horsepower Ford V-8 with
Borg-Warner T-5 5 speed, and solid rear axle.
Panoz AIV Roadsters have an aluminum frame and body. Power is a
4.6 liter DOHC 305 horsepower Ford V-8, Borg-Warner T45 5 speed,
independent rear end.
General Info on the AIV Roadster:
The Panoz Roadster and the Panoz AIV Roadster are rare and unusual cars
that were built in Georgia from 1992-1999. At that point in time,
Federal laws changed making its production no longer possible.
The factory then began production of the Panoz Esperante which
continues till this day. While the Esperante has similar aluminum
construction and Ford mechanicals, it is a more conventional design.
The Panoz Roadster began as a small venture of Dan Panoz who had
purchased the rights to a chassis that was designed by the famous Frank
Costin. The Panoz Roadster body was designed with the help of
Freeman Thomas, designer of the Audi TT and the New VW Beetle.
The early Panoz Roadster had a stainless steel space frame chassis
covered in special aircraft technology aluminum body work. The
drivetrain was a Ford overhead valve V-8 with a five speed
transmission and solid rear axle. Most of the componentry was
The later design first offered for sale in 1997 was called the Panoz
AIV Roadster. This version had an all aluminum intensive frame
with steel subframe. The engine was an all aluminum Ford
modular double overhead cam 32 valve V-8. As a result, the car
earned the designation Aluminum Intensive Vehicle (AIV). In fact,
it was the first AIV made in the United States. This version had
independent suspension all around. The most noticeable
distinguishing feature of the AIV is the large hood scoop.
Designed and prototyped in 1996, the first Panoz AIV Roadster was sold
in 1997. Production of this model ceased in 1999, but some were
sold as 2000’s. There were even some cars that remained
unregistered and were first sold in more recent years.
The Panoz AIV Roadster was made possible by the special engineering of
its aluminum frame. Discussed in detail in this section, cars
with aluminum frames are now much more common. Some Honda, Audi
and Jaguar models are now built this way. However, in 1997 there
were very few. The Acura NSX used aluminum unibody
construction. The Plymouth Prowler used a partially aluminum body
on an aluminum frame. What made the Panoz car so special was that
it came from a small independent manufacturer who produced an
innovative design before the majors.
Another event that allowed the Panoz AIV Roadster to come into being
was the production of the Mustang Cobra. First offered in 1996,
this Mustang had an all aluminum sophisticated V-8 engine. These
engines were built by hand by a two person team. Each had a
plaque that carried the signatures of the engine builders. The
Mustang Cobra was built by the Special Vehicle Team (SVT) of Ford - the
arm of the company that designed and built high performance
vehicles. Panoz employed Roush to help fit this new engine and
its five speed Borg-Warner transmission to the new Panoz Roadster
The Panoz AIV Roadster employed many other systems that were used in
the Mustang Cobra such as the brakes, heating, air conditioning,
ventilation system, wiring, engine computer, instruments and so
on. As a result, the car can be serviced at any SVT Ford dealer.
The Panoz AIV Roadster was a mix of the very latest technology with
features derived from cars of the 40’s and 50’s. For example, the
top is a two bow affair with cloth covering that is erected and snapped
onto the body with plastic side curtains similar to early British
sports cars. In many ways, the car is a cross between the Shelby
Cobra of the 60’s and a modern American hot rod.
AIV Changes 1997 - 1998 - 1999:
The Panoz AIV Roadster was manufactured for public sale from 1997
through 1999. During this time, a variety of small and some large
changes were made. In general, the improvements over the three
year period favor the 1999. Still, some of the changes altered
the appearance of the vehicle and thus some people have a preference
for one year over another.
In general, the major mechanical specifications of the cars did not
change throughout production (except for the special supercharged
cars). Each Panoz AIV Roadster had the same hand assembled Ford
SVT Mustang Cobra engine and Borg-Warner T-45 five speed transmission
originally introduced in the 1996 Mustang Cobra. This 305 HP all
aluminum Modular 4.6 liter V-8 had the DOHC 32 valve
configuration. Brakes came from the Mustang Cobra as well with 13
inch vented twin piston discs up front and 10 inch vented single piston
discs in the rear. All Panoz AIVs had four wheel independent
suspension with the 8.8 Ford limited slip differential. All had
the large bore extruded aluminum chassis rails with an aluminum
backbone frame with mild steel tubular subframes. The bodies were
super plastic formed (SPF) aluminum with fiberglass fenders and hood
scoop. Standard interiors were vinyl with leather seat inserts in
black or tan. Consoles had either carbon fiber or walnut burl
wood insert. Paint was a urethane base two stage with clearcoat.
Top and side curtains were standard.
Differences between the years:
• The first 1997 Panoz cars had the Roush truck mounted tool kit. Later cars had no toolkit.
• 1997’s and 1998’s had Japanese Kosei Seneca S5R five spoke cast
aluminum18x8 front wheels and 18x9 rear wheels. These wheels
carried the Roush logo on one spoke. The front brake caliper had
the Cobra logo from the Mustang Cobra.
• 1999’s had the lighter weight BBS RK cast aluminum 18x8.5 front
wheels and 18x10 rear wheels. The BBS wheel had a different Panoz
logo cap than the Kosei. The front brake calipers had a Panoz
logo (all years had 245/40 ZR18 front tires and 295/35 ZR18 rear tires).
• 1997’s and 1998’s had the Fujitsu Ten Eclipse 5331 180 watt stereo
with CD having both speakers mounted between the seats. In 1999,
Panoz installed an Alpine 300 watt stereo with CD, removable faceplate
and speakers mounted under the dash with a trunk mounted
subwoofer. With the moving of the speakers, the 1999’s had a
small storage box between the seats and a lowered center console to add
• In 1999, the last 10 cars were sold in 2000 as anniversary
specials. The Anniversary Editions are identifiable by their
titanium paint, hand-sewn blue upholstery and 18-in. BBS RK chromed
wheels with a unique chrome center cap. They had polished Penske
shocks. Under their hoods, the Anniversary Editions had
hand-polished aluminum valve and plenum covers. Panoz's signature
was engraved on the top of the cylinder heads. Each engine also
carried a number plaque. Four of these cars had aftermarket
superchargers installed as non-factory equipment. In addition to
the four anniversary editions that were supercharged, some regular 1999
cars were supercharged for dealers after they were sold by the
factory. The 10th Anniversary Limited Edition A.I.V. Roadster
carried a suggested list price of $68,850. The supercharger added
$5695 to that. All 10 were sold before they were built.
• Prices rose during the production run with 1997’s base sticker price
at $56,750 and standard 1999’s at $62,500. All years had
available options such as wind wings, aluminum pedal covers, aluminum
logo shift knob and floor mats.
Some running changes:
• Early cars had a thick core Griffin
radiator and 45 degree mounted AC condenser and pusher fan. A
transition change went to a thinner Griffin radiator with upright AC
condenser and puller fan.
• Early cars had a steel case independent differential case and later cars had the aluminum case.
• A transition change had early car engines topped with a Cobra plaque and later cars with a Panoz logo plaque.
• Early cars had no emblem in their wheel cap centers and later cars had a Panoz logo topped cap.
• Earlier cars had a round Nardi steering wheel and later ones went to
the similar D-shaped Nardi wheel to help give leg clearance.
• Color choices changed over time (see production #’s for what was offered).
While the variations mentioned above in the three years are generally
true, there are exceptions seen in a number of cars. Since the
Panoz Roadster was hand assembled, the factory made running changes as
production progressed. Also, if certain parts were not available,
others might have been used. For example, while many 98’s and
99’s had the D shaped Nardi steering wheel, some have the round Nardi
wheel. Some 98’s have been seen with BBS wheels. It is possible
too that some of the owners switched parts. So take these model
differences as guidelines rather than as definitive. You can best
distinguish years of manufacture by VIN numbers: 97 cars had VIN
numbers with VB, 98’s are WB and 99’s are XB. But here again,
many Roadsters were slow sellers at Ford dealers and some sold in a
later year than its year of manufacture!
Picks: This Panoz AIV
is in extremely nice condition inside and out, the front of the car has hardly any road rash from
bugs or road debris while the rear has none - there is one touched up chip on the edge of the drivers door with the rest of
the body showing no dents, dings or paint
flaws, the glass is excellent with no chips or other marks, the trunk and engine
compartment are both like new, the interior is like new with the only reasonable flaw to mention would be a small tear in
the leather on the parking brake cover, the convertible top is very nice with no rips or tears and the rear window is intact
and clear, all the rims are clean with no curb marks or scuffs, while the tires are high quality they are also showing their
age and I would recommend a new set be installed, overall this Panoz is like new in every aspect, really about as nice
as a pre-owned car comes, drives great, photos show the condition so be sure to review them all, really nothing else to
reasonably fault. Photos show the condition so please request and review them.
Numerical Condition Evaluation:
(1 denotes Very Poor
/ Item needs
replacement, 10 denotes Excellent / Showroom New)
CONV. TOP: 9
SERVICE RECORDS /
OWNERSHIP HISTORY: 8
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