When Dr. Ferry Porsche turned 80 years old, he received a 1989 Porsche Panamericana concept car as a gift. The 1989 Porsche Panamericana concept car was a striking two-seater concept study, shown to the public for the first time at the 1989 International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany. Arriving without prior fanfare, the 1989 Porsche Panamericana concept car stole the show, drawing surprised and admiring sighs from ordinary motorists and industry observers alike.
Borrowed from an iconic race held in Mexico, the name suggested the concept was a no-compromise sports car – a lightweight version of the 911 ready to hit the track – but that was far from the case. The Panamericana was a bold-looking convertible that mixed 911 Targa and dune buggy styling cues into a oddly-proportioned-yet-futuristic package.