October 29, 1998 |
It's hard to become a car designer without a college degree, but that's what Dan Panoz decided he wanted to do as he approached the end of his 20s. Unable to find a company that would hire him and provide on-the-job training, he did the next best thing: He started his own business, Panoz Auto Development Co., in Hoschton, Ga., a few miles down the highway from Atlanta. He designed the car he thought the country should have. He found state-of-the-art manufacturers to fabricate the body and frame.