The Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Roadster is the sports car you didn't know existed

It's known as the 'Panamericana' and it was a birthday gift for Ferdinand Porsche himself!

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For his 80th birthday, Ferry Porsche received an un-seen, ready-to-drive concept car which was essentially a roadster based on the 911 Carrera 4 at the time.

The model (pictured) combines typical Porsche features, yet with a high level of individuality. The horizontal roof structure and the hood, for example is something never before seen on a Porsche car and can be opened with a zip.

Another special feature of this car is the Porsche crest which as been integrated into the tyre profile which just isn't something you'd see these days. It is officially known as the “Panamericana” and was created in just a few months for Ferry and was presented at the 1989 International Motor Show in Frankfurt.

This may look like any other Porsche to some people, but to others this is a very special car as it influenced a few cars which followed. This roadster influenced the further development of the 911 Targa and reinforced the idea of ​​Porsche making a compact roadster, which later beard the name of the Boxster.

Ferry's concept car for the road now sits proudly in the Porsche museum and is one which I am dying to see in the flesh as soon as possible.

Had you heard of this Porsche before?

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Comments (13)

  • Nope, never knew of it until now.

      29 days ago
  • I’d forgotten about this! A bit cartoonish and lacks the sophistication of the original.

      28 days ago
  • I remember this. Not a pretty car but looks fun to drive.

      29 days ago
  • Thank you for the article. I have heard about it, but never saw the picture and thought it's one of those things read about on Internet.

      28 days ago
  • Keeping the history of certain concepts coming, like to always know how we got here. Appreciate you work!

      29 days ago