Tired of seeing so many S2000s, Corvettes, Miatas, and M3s at your local track days? Consider buying a Panoz AIV Roadster. It's an ultra-obscure sports car with distinctive looks and a big V8 under the hood. This silver one . You should buy it.
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Panoz, the small Georgia-based sports car company, built the Roadster in extremely small numbers throughout the 1990s. It sold just 220 examples over seven years, making it an incredibly rare sight. Later cars, like the 1997 model shown here, got a 4.6-liter dual overhead-cam Ford V8 engine from the Mustang SVT Cobra, making 305 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. Power goes to the rear wheels via a Ford-sourced T-5 five-speed manual transmission. Curb weight came in at just 2570 pounds thanks to an all-aluminum chassis—AIV stands for Aluminum Intensive Vehicle. That power-to-weight ratio meant performance was impressive: 0-60 mph came in just over four seconds, and top speed came in at 140 mph.
This particular car looks to be in great shape, which isn't too much of a surprise considering it only has 4689 miles on the clock. The body panels, interior, and engine bay are pretty much spotless. According to the sellers at Worldwide Vintage Autos in Denver, Colorado, it's just one of two examples built in 1997 painted in silver. It's . We'd recommend changing the fluids, checking the tire date codes, and bolting in a sturdy roll-bar before taking it to the track. Out of all the cars there, it'll certainly stand out.