The all-aluminum Panoz Esperante was built and raced by a small
company in NASCAR country, an hour north of Atlanta. The Esperante
GTLM benefits from everything Panoz learned racing GTLM's at LeMans
and other major races. The Esperante features an extruded aluminum
chassis with bolt-on steel subframes and superplastic-formed
aluminum body panels. Prices started at $93,756 for the roadster
and for an additional $29,070, the GTLM swaps the standard
Esperante's naturally aspirated 4.6-liter DOHC Ford V-8 for a
supercharged version handbuilt by Ford SVT and bolted to a Tremec
T56 six-speed manual. Rated at 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet,
this combo bolsters the base model by 115 horses and 70 pound-feet.
GTLMs also got aero bodywork designed to reduce lift on the winning
race cars. 18" BBS wheels, Recaro sport seats and a host of
billet-aluminum trim bits further distinguish the GTLM from the
This GTLM resided in Texas with 2 collector/owners since new and
has been very well maintained. The car has never been raced and it
comes with a Clean Carfax.
234 Panoz Esperantes were built from 2001 - 2006, but only 24 of
these GTLM Roadsters were produced. This is a great car for a
collector of rare automobiles, or someone who just wants to drive
it. It's bound to be the only one at any show you take it to.
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