Younger enthusiasts don’t remember the name Panoz. But back in the ’90s, this company was one of the best-known limited-production American brands. Successful in racing, Panoz was one of those brands that offered a lot of racing technologies in street-legal vehicles, which made them favorites with fans of performance driving. The Roadster model was introduced in the early ’90s and represented the modern-day version of the legendary Shelby Cobra (via Motor Biscuit).
It was a stripped-down open-top two-seater built of aluminum. which kept the weight down. Panoz used a lot of Ford Mustang SN95 components including the engine, drivetrain, and suspension. That meant the Roadster had 300 HP and brutal performance. Panoz received a lot of criticism for copying the layout of the legendary Shelby Cobra. However, its determination to make this car and sell it to power-hungry clients remained the same.