Car Catcher: Has the Internet Forgotten the Panoz Esperante?

When's the last time you saw a Panoz Esperante on the road? While exact production numbers eluded our search, it's probably not too far-fetched to assume they're rare-car low. According to Panoz, Esperante production continues today, albeit only in Spyder guise.

If you don't want to buy a new one, then you're in luck: Wire Wheel Classic Sports Cars has a 2001 Esperante—chassis No. 2—on offer. It comes with a Ford-sourced, 4.6-liter V8 with a supercharger affixed, and can be purchased for less than $46,000. 

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slowbird
slowbird HalfDork
9/18/19 11:18 p.m.

I haven't forgotten! The Panoz is one of my favorite all-time "Powered By Ford" cars.

Also, obligatory "Pepperidge Farm remembers" reference.

 

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
9/19/19 8:23 a.m.

I want to like them, but that nose...

slowbird
slowbird HalfDork
9/19/19 11:45 a.m.

Aw, it's not so bad! It looks like a friendly puppy. A big-nosed friendly puppy. laugh

Daviddan
Daviddan
9/20/19 8:36 a.m.

Coincidentally I just bought one.  Hope they aren’t too forgotten.  I do  think they are a great value at todays market prices.  Great handling and power (GTLM has supercharged V8)  The factory is still around and you can get parts and at very good prices (of course the driveline is Ford sourced)  - everyone there has been amazingly helpful and friendly.  Quick example - got replacement floor mats for less than new ones for my other cars.  I love my Esperante. 

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
9/20/19 8:48 a.m.

In reply to Daviddan :

That looks great in all black! What year is yours? And of course, we hope you enjoy it. 

Daviddan
Daviddan New Reader
9/20/19 9:00 a.m.

In reply to Jordan Rimpela :

It’s a 2004 GTLM - got lucky and found one with low miles.  Drove it over 600 miles on first day of ownership and have to say that they appear to be robustly made cars.    

Daviddan
Daviddan New Reader
9/20/19 9:02 a.m.

In reply to Jordan Rimpela :

I did learn in my research that the new nose is a direct bolt on if one favors the new car’s styling.  

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
9/20/19 10:44 a.m.

In reply to Daviddan :

While the new nose helps, I just wish they would do something about the strange dagmars beneath the headlights.

slowbird
slowbird HalfDork
9/20/19 6:36 p.m.

In reply to Jordan Rimpela :

Dagmars?

*googles it*

Ah, I see.

Downtown
Downtown
9/21/19 9:36 a.m.

In reply to Daviddan :

Your car received an inspection somewhat recently from a previous, prospective buyer.  The inspection revealed your car needs an AC condenser core.  Also it's missing an airdam under the front.  Thankfully, both parts are cheap and readily available.

Enjoy your new Panoz!

wspohn
wspohn Dork
9/21/19 11:23 a.m.

Still looks like an anteater, but I prefer this to the Panoz - Shelby Series 1.  More expensive, though.

 

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