A Porsche Pan Americana trademark application has appeared in Europe.
Currently under examination, the application was filed on July 28, 2015 with the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market for “automobiles and structural parts therefor.”
Perhaps it hints at an off-road capable Porsche 911 that follows in the footsteps of the Porsche Panamericana concept originally created in the late 1980s. The Porsche Panamericana concept was a two-passenger, two-door coupe that was designed by Harm Lagaay and Ulrich Bez to serve the purpose of renewing the 911’s design.
What made the concept unique were its wide wheel covers that sported enough room for a variety of tire and wheel sizes, making it capable of being transformed to an off-road car.
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Actual production on the Panamericana stopped being considered since Porsche experienced a financial crisis in the late 1980s, but perhaps that’s all going to change in the future. The name also references the Carrera Panamericana, an endurance race car that ran in the 1950s. Since the original Panamericana concept was based on the Carrera 4, it’s a possibility Porsche is looking to unveil a new concept to bring back the Panamericana name.
It’s worth noting that the original Panamericana concept debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1989, so Porsche might have a surprise for this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
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