It’s the year 1989 and Ferry Porsche (Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche), the son of company founder Ferdinand Porsche, is celebrating his 80th birthday. One of the gifts he received was a one-off Panamericana concept which was showcased that year at the Frankfurt Motor Show and was a huge hit among the attendance.
It was considerably different than the regular Porsche of those days due to its low-positioned glass transparent roof which could be removed entirely along with the rear window to provide the sense of openness. The concept also boasted a 959-inspired front fascia, spectacular wheel arches while at the back the taillights were interconnected via a red panel similar to what the 928 had. Responsible for creating the concept was Ulrich Bez (now CEO at Aston Martin) who went for a special turquoise blue paint for what looks like a dune buggy 911.
Porsche chose this name as a reference to the Carrera Panamericana, an endurance race during the early 50s in Mexico. The concept was based on the Carrera 4 but with a carbon fiber body and was capable of reaching 60 mph (96 km/h) in less than six seconds before topping out at 160 mph (257 km/h). This was possible thanks to a six-cylinder engine outputting 247 bhp (184 kW) at 6,100 rpm and 228 Nm (168 lb-ft) at 4,800 rpm with the power being channeled to both axles through a five-speed manual gearbox.