We are pleased to offer this rarely seen 1997 Panoz AIV Roadster. Designed by the highly exclusive Georgia-based sports car manufacturer Panoz, the AIV, or Aluminum Intensive Vehicle is a lightweight nearly all-aluminum version of the 4.6 L V8-powered Roadster model. Representing 1 of only 176 hand-built examples created, this particular AIV was originally purchased by Sanderson Ford in Phoenix, Arizona where it was believed to have been under the care of the dealership’s owner up until very recently. Showing only 2,385 miles on the odometer, this museum-quality AIV Roadster is now being offered by its seller out of Texas.
Reported to have been stored in a climate-controlled facility nearly it's entire life, the Red paint on this AIV is said to be as-new (detailed images are provided in the photo gallery). Beginning in 1996, Panoz began to use their aluminum chassis for the Roadster model which was then paired with aluminum bodywork and protruding fiberglass fenders. Other noteworthy features include a hood scoop, optional Plexiglass wind wings, and factory Kosei-Roush 18″ wheels.
The cockpit is appointed with Saddle leather upholstery. Features include a leather-bound 3-spoke steering wheel and shift knob, and wood veneers on the center console and gauge cluster. The original radio has been retained and the seller indicates all gauges and accessories to be fully functional.
Power comes from a 4.6 L DOHC V8 engine derived from Ford’s Mustang SVT Cobra. Over 300 HP is sent to the rear wheels through a 5-speed Bord-Warner T-5 manual transmission featuring a Ford 8.8-inch differential with Traction-Lok. Weighing in at just under 2,600 lbs., the AIV is capable of accelerating from 0-60 MPH in as little as 4.5 seconds. Other performance features include power rack and pinion steering, 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes, and independent suspension with adjustable coil-over shocks. Upon the seller’s recent purchase, the car was fully inspected before all rubber lines, seals, and gaskets were replaced to maintain excellent mechanical order. Routine oil changes are said to have been carried out from new and this AIV is said to be in like-new driving condition.
This sale will include 2 ignition keys, 1 glovebox key, a car cover, a copy of the owner’s manual, a toolkit, and a clean title. Do not miss your chance to add this fascinating Panoz AIV Roadster to your collection.