Founded in 1989 as Panoz Auto Development, the American sports car builder gained recognition in 1997 when it went racing against Europe's top manufacturers. In 2006, a Panoz Esperante GTLM took a class victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The company continues to build road cars today generally combining its own curvaceous exterior designs with big V8s sourced from American automakers.

2007 Panoz Esperante
MSRP: $92,256 - $128,319
2006 Panoz Esperante
MSRP: $92,256 - $128,319
2005 Panoz Esperante
MSRP: $92,256 - $128,319
2004 Panoz Esperante
MSRP: $88,950 - $125,443
2003 Panoz Esperante
MSRP: $88,950 - $88,950
2015 Panoz Esperante Spyder GT is a roadgoing $200k catamaran

Not all the cars at the 2014 SEMA Show are covered in wild paint jobs, fitted with wheels the size of moons and featuring obscene amounts of horsepower. Some, like the Panoz Esperante Spyder GT 25th Anniversary Edition, just look like very good sporty cars.
Don Panoz checks out Jay Leno's Garage with his 2015 Esperante Spyder GT prototype

After a few years out of the production auto business, Panoz is making cars again, and it's returning with the limited-edition Esperante Spyder GT to celebrate the company's 25th anniversary building cars. This week, Don Panoz swings by Jay Leno's Garage to talk about the latest model, and then Jay takes a drive in it with the company's lead (and only) engineer.
Panoz reveals 25th anniversary Esperante Spyder at McCall's

Panoz has kept the Esperante around for about fourteen years now, making it one of the longer-serving models on the market. But in Monterey this week, the American niche automaker is introducing a revised version of the Esperante that aims to keep it current.