1989 was the final year of Panasonic sales in North America and that makes this the final MC-5500 mountain bike model sold here as well.  As you can see, Panasonic chose to finish the bike in what they refer to as Purple Haze paint.  It is a very good looking bike, especially in direct sunlight.  Being the MC-5500 meant that this was the 3rd best MC model offering for ’89 behind the MC-6500 and MC-7500.