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The Best American Cars and Motorcycles You've Never Heard Of

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The Best American Cars and Motorcycles You've Never Heard Of

The Panoz Esperante was born of an orphan chassis that Dan Panoz snagged from the bankrupt Thompson Motor Co. in 1988. The GTLM, with a hand-assembled 420-horsepower V-8 engine under the hood, is one of three street-legal Esperante models. (Panoz also builds racecars.) The GTLM makes the most of that power with a lightweight aluminum body. It rockets from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds, and hits a top speed of 180 miles per hour. Panoz's factory in Hoschton, Ga., cranks out some 300 hand-built cars per year.

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