The Porsche “Panamerica” first appeared at the 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show and was a gift for Ferdinand “Freddy” Porsche (the big boss of Stuttgart). The Panamericana was build based on a Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and has been kept at the Porsche Museum ever since.
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The Porsche Panamericana was intended to be only a concept car, and although Lagaay hoped that his creation would be produced at least in small series in 1992, the growing financial crisis at Porsche put an end to his wishes. However the car had an influence in the development of the 911 Targa and Boxster.
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The Panamericana was shown at Frankfurt Car Exhibition, after a development period of only six months.It was built on the basis of the 911 Carrera 4, its bodywork was built with plastic and carbon fiber panels.
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Under the hood is the same flat-six 3.6-liter engine powering the Carrera 4, so it had 250 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque channeled to both axles through a five-speed manual gearbox. Porsche even released some performance details: 0-62 mph sprint in 5.8 seconds and a respectable top speed of approximately 160 mph.
An outstanding characteristic of the car were its wide wheel covers with the objective to have enough room for various sizes of rims and tires, so if necessary it could be transformed in an off-road car.
This very odd-looking car which mixes both Targa and cabriolet parts is very hard to “understand” what it’s all about. To me, it personnally looks like a Dakar car as well, mixed with a frog. However, it eventually lead to the creation of the Porsche Boxster !