1964 Pontiac Banshee Concept

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The 1964 XP-883 Pontiac Banshee I Concept was John DeLorean’s pet project and he wanted it in production. Two functional cars were designed by DeLorean’s design team and produced by an outside coachbuilder.

One was a two-passenger fiberglass coupe powered with a straight six-cylinder, overhead cam engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. It was painted Metallic Silver with a red interior and weighed approximately 2,200 pounds. The other vehicle was a pearlescent white, two-passenger roadster powered with a 326 C.I.D. V8 engine.

The third generation Corvette was already on the drawing boards at this time, and the Banshee borrowed styling cues from that car. A couple of things that distinguished the Banshee from the Corvette was that the Banshee used a solid rear axle, to keep costs down, and make the car more affordable than the Corvette and an unique clamshell door design.

Neither the Banshee Coupe nor the Banshee Convertible could gather enough signatures to see production, and the project was scrapped in 1966. General Motor’s executives viewed the concepts to be too much of a threat to the Corvette and as a result, instructed DeLorean to cease additional development. Both prototypes were supposed to be crushed, but were instead hidden away until they could be safely sold to GM employees close to the Banshee project. The Banshee Coupe seen here stayed with its original owner until 2006, when it was sold to Pontiac collector Len Napoli for the surprisingly low price of $210,600 at a Barrett-Jackson auction.

1964 Pontiac Banshee Concept Coupe

1964 Pontiac Banshee Concept Coupe

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1964 Pontiac Banshee Concept Coupe

1964 Pontiac Banshee Concept Coupe

1964 Pontiac Banshee Concept Coupe

1964 Pontiac Banshee Concept Coupe

1964 Pontiac Banshee Concept Coupe

1964 Pontiac Banshee Concept Coupe

1964 Pontiac Banshee Concept Coupe

1964 Pontiac Banshee Concept Coupe

1964 Pontiac Banshee Concept Coupe

1964 Pontiac Banshee Concept Coupe

1964 Pontiac Banshee Concept Coupe

1964 Pontiac Banshee Concept Coupe

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