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2000 Panoz GT-RA # 0051 Price reduced: $21900

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John O

Description: Started out as a Panoz School Car. Never wrecked. Has been extensively improved and upgraded. Including a Ford Small Block crate race engine (500HP, see below*) which replaced the school Ford Explorer 302 HO engine (250HP). Recent eye surgery halts my racing so I must sell.


This car is easy to drive fast and is very predictable. A great “track day” car. Also may be vintage eligible depending on your local race groups. I drove with ARC Racing (American Racing Club) in Northern California, which is part of NCRC. The car has an SCCA Northern California log book.


Basically neutral handling. Brakes are very powerful, especially when you realize there is no power boost. There is power steering which is not too boosted, gives good feel without killing your arms.


New 3” exhaust and new mufflers. Upgraded instruments from Longacre Racing – Large stepper motor tach and stepper motor Oil temp, Oil Pressure, Water Temp, and Fuel Pressure, see photos.


Excellent power to weight ratio – 2550lbs/480bhp = 5.31 lbs per bhp. That puts this car in really good company: 2017 Viper: 5.24. 2017 Z06: 5.42. 2017 Ferrari 488: 4.90, but that’s a twin turbo.



New upgraded engine, Ford M-6007-Z363FT/RT BOSS Crate Engine with:

Boss 302 4 bolt main block. Bored and Stroked to 363 Cubic inches

Compression Ratio 10.2:1 (Makes 480 bhp/430 lb ft on pump gas)

Ford Perf Z304DA Aluminum heads, high-flow ports. Prime A365 T6 aluminum.

Premium stainless steel valves, 2.02” intake and 1.60” Exhaust

PAC 1219X conical style (beehive) valve springs

Steel Alloy intake and exhaust seats

7/16” ARP rocker studs

Cower Offset Aluminum Roller Rocker Arms (1.65 Ratio)

Manganese-bronze valve guides

63cc CNC’d combustion chamber

Large exhaust ports (1.620” x 1.420”)

New “Shorty” large port headers – matched to the head exhaust ports

SCAT Pro Comp Stroker Lightweight Forged crank

SCAT Pro-Stock I-Beam 5.4” Forged Connecting Rods

Mahle Forged Alloy Pistons, Mahle rings and wrist pins

Crane Hydraulic Roller Tappet Cam (Duration 294/302; Lift 0.563/0.584)

Ford Performance Zero Offset Hydraulic Roller Lifters

Trend Perf Chromoly Push Rods, 6.8” long, 5/16” dia, 0.080 thick wall, Ball ends

Edelbrock Super Victor Intake Manifold, polished and flowed at TechCraft

650 cfm Holly 4 bbl, double pumper

K&N Air filter assembly

MSD Billet Distributor

MSD 6AL with Manual Rev limit set/verification

All ARP hardware, inside and out

Ford Perf Zero balance Aluminum Flywheel, 157 teeth

Ford Perf Neutral Balance Crankshaft Damper

Center Force Clutch and pressure plate

New electric fuel pump and fuel filter

New Ford starter

Dyno shows 414 RWHP at 6200 rpm on pump gas, would make more on race gas with more Distributor advance – dyno sheet included


New windshield (out of a SN95 Mustang so it’s readily available).

Basic Specs:

Chassis: Steel tube frame construction

Body: Thermal-formed Plastic

Steering: Ford Motorsport power rack & pinion

Front Suspension: Double A-arm with H&R coil-over springs with Koni shocks and sway bar

Rear Suspension: Ford 9" (Colman Diff) axle with four links, Watts linkage, sway bar

Brakes: Front and rear disc brakes with 4 piston Brembo calipers and PFC discs and pads



Track - 65"; Width - 75";

Wheel Base - 107";

Length - 171";

Height - 52";

Weight - 2550 lbs


Safety Features:

New 6 point Race Quip belts (passenger and driver), window net, composite racing seats, full roll cage with door side bars

New 5lb Stroud Safety Halon on board fire system


Other info:

Longacre Stepper motor gauges: Tach, Oil Pres., Oil Temp, Water Temp, Fuel Pres.

Replaced Pi Research dash which was very had to read

All recommended chassis reinforcements per Panoz have been completed:

Double Shear Brackets for rear trailing arms

Reinforcement plates and ribs on front control arms

Rear shock mount brace

Completely rebuilt Tremec TKO 500 5-speed (Campbell Auto Restoration)

Upgrade from TTK “R” Tremec to handle power of the new engine

Completely rebuilt Coleman (NASCAR) limited slip rear end (Campbell Auto Restoration

Inspected spindles for cracks (since this is a known weak point.)

Recent Fuel Safe brand Fuel Cell – 35 Gal

New Griffin Radiator

New Ford Radiator Header tank

Remote oil filter

New 3 inch exhaust and mufflers. Meets 102 db sound limit easily.

New Optima Red Top Battery

Extra set (4) of 17 inch Ford Racing wheels

Many spares including rotors, pads, shocks, Plexiglass (plastic) rear window, Misc body parts.


Also available:

24 foot Pace enclosed trailer with new SuperWinch 3000 and remote, tire rack, 2 tool chests, work bench and lights, on-board Optima Yellow Top battery.

Powered Trailer dolly (electric) to move/park trailer.


I have receipts, Ford Performance instructions, etc., Plus Panoz specific info.


John O’Boyle


I may be able to deliver within 500 miles of Phoenix, AZ. 


Photos available

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Hello John,


Please, send me pictures to bb01m3@hotmail.com


thank you

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Pretty sure this sold as I was watching it on RJ. Sweet car for the money.

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