If you’re a smart car guy, you’ll spot the high-grade hardware living underneath this home-made creation: a 2003 Panoz AIV roadster chassis. With Mustang Cobra power, a sophisticated all-independent suspension, and massive brakes, it’s got the hardware to be a sparkling performer. The bodywork is, shall we say, unique, but there’s no denying the potential that exists under the skin. We don’t know what happened to the Panoz’s original skin, but it couldn’t have been too traumatic because the stuff underneath is still in excellent shape. This is a recent build and obviously the builder wasn’t from the English Wheel and planishing hammer school of design, but that’s OK. It does have an old-fashioned, industrial-strength look that might grow on you after a while. It’s steel and diamond plate, so it’s going to be virtually indestructible and the red paint makes it look sporty. It’s unlikely that any aerodynamicists were consulted, what with the upright windshield and massive wing, but there’s enough power coming out of the 32-valve Cobra motor that things like wind resistance aren’t really an issue anyway. It does have thoughtful touches like a hood ornament, cool little tubular bumpers, and ’39 Ford taillights with Model A auxiliary lamps up high, all of which give it a familiar feel. Is this what hot-rodding would look like if it were invented in the 21st century?
Location: Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States
See listing: 2003 Panoz Custom Kit Car (from April 16, 2016)