Porsche Panamericana

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Porsche Panamericana in the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart

Presentation year: 1989
Vehicle fair: IAA
Class : Sports car
Body shape : Coupe
Engine: Petrol engine :
3.6 liters (184 kW)
Length: 4201 mm
Width: 1859 mm
Height: 1300 mm
Wheelbase: 2268 mm
Empty weight: 1474 kg
Production model: none

The Porsche Panamericana is a study by Porsche . It was presented in 1989 at the IAA in Frankfurt am Main . The basis was the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 . The car was designed under the direction of Technical Director Ulrich Bez. The shape was designed by Harm Lagaay , chief designer at the time , and the name comes from the Mexican endurance race Carrera Panamericana .

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The study is based on the Porsche 911 (type 964 ) with all-wheel drive , but is designed as a two-seater roadster and suitable for the road. The body was manufactured using a plastic sandwich construction. The top layers consisted of synthetic resin reinforced with glass and carbon fibers. The front and side windows include a roll bar to which the fabric hood is attached with a zip . The hood can be rolled up and stowed in the trunk.


Tire detail - Porsche logo

The futuristic design, especially the concept of the horizontal roof structure, influenced the further development of the Porsche 993 and the Porsche Boxster .

Only two copies of the Panamericana were built. Ferry Porsche received one of these as a present from the entire workforce on his 80th birthday.

As a souvenir, each employee was given a 1:43 scale model on a brass plate. In the years that followed, this model became a coveted collector's item and then achieved prices of over DM 500.

A copy of the Panamericana can be seen in the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart - Zuffenhausen . The Porsche crest is carved into the tread of Goodyear tires .



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