of the biggest visible differences in the cars built between 1992 and
1995 were in the interior. The 1992 cars had a “custom” interior using
little from the Mustang, the source of the running gear.
those more familiar with the later Panoz AIV Roadster, note the
differences: unusual door panels, custom gauges, and locking oval gas
cap. These cars had no top but a tonneau cover that snaps onto the
very early cars varied from car to car depending on the request of the
buyer. The car below has Talbot style mirrors (instead of Miata),
a luggage rack, wood steering wheel and shift knob. The windshield
frame is polished, it has tunable Supertrapp exhausts and wider wheels.
Note too that the dash has a rounded hood above the gauges, padded door
panels and custom high back seats.
1993, the interior was changed to accept the Mustang gauge cluster. In
this revised interior, the door panels were now closer in design to
what would later appear in the AIV Roadster.
1994 when Mustang discontinued the “Fox Body” and changed the gauge
cluster, the Panoz Roadster interior was again changed to accommodate
this new design. This last alteration to the interior most closely
reflects the interior design adopted in the 1997 Panoz AIV
changes seen in early cars were the variety of wheels used, again no
doubt a function of building a car to suit the intended buyer
The original Panoz
Roadster was a work-in-progress. It's evolution reflected continuing
improvements and the necessary revisions due to the changes
in the Ford Mustang hardware that was used in its construction.