Lot #1312

1964 PONTIAC PROTOTYPE BANSHEE XP-833 COUPE

Auction Scottsdale 35th Anniversary 2006
Reserve NO RESERVE
Status Sold
Price
Lot 1312
Year 1964
Make PONTIAC
Model
Style PROTOTYPE BANSHEE XP-833 COUPE
*Includes Buyer Commission
Details
VIN 66L23060
Exterior Color SILVER
Interior Color RED
Cylinders 0
Engine Size 0
Transmission
Description
A vehicle design that challenged the limits of American engineering and thinking. John DeLorean's vision for a Pontiac 2-seat sports car, with long sweeping hood and short rear deck styling, screamed speed. This all original Grey hardtop, with Red interior, and Pontiac Overhead Cam six cylinder engine weighed in at only 2200 pounds and utilized a unique solid-body construction of exterior fiberglass and steel underbody. The Banshee had all the elements of an awesome performer. General Motors executives viewed the concept to be too much of a threat to the Corvette and as a result instructed DeLorean to cease additional development. Only two runable prototypes were built. The car's influence on future GM products spanned decades, with some of the styling cues seen on vehicles such as the 1968 Corvette. Vehicle documentation includes original bill of sale from Pontiac Motors and a description of the XP-833 project. As part of automotive history, this specific Banshee was invited to be displayed at the 2001 Meadow Brook Hall Concours d'Elegance.
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