The history of the Pontiac Banshee is quite unique. While many will remember the name, the fault of a 90s prototype that anticipated the style that the fourth-generation Camaro and Firebird would take, the truth is that the Banshee Concept takes its name from a series of prototypes. That concept was the fourth and last; the story we are going to tell you is about the first of the Banshee.
The original Banshee was proposed in 1964 by a team of General Motors designers, which was headed by John DeLoreanhimself . The object of its creation is that after seeing the success of the Ford Mustang, the brand urgently needed a rival, so this was the first response.
It is unpalatable, it is inspired by the Corvette C2, but added a touch of extra freshness. In addition, it was slightly smaller and even weighed 227 kg less (the body was built in fiberglass ). The idea was for it to be powered by six- and eight-cylinder engines, just like its Ford rival.
Without a doubt, a rival of care. But, the fear of taking it to the production lines did not come from the firm of the blue oval, but from GM itself, which saw in this car a serious threat to the Corvette. Obviously, they didn’t want a Pontiac to come close to or exceed Chevrolet’s flagship model.
But the proposal of this Pontiac was so good that what they did was take some of its features to integrate them into the Corvette C3, the oldest generation of the American sports car. For its part, the rear, strongly reminiscent of the first Firebirds.
Now, many years later, we know again about the Pontiac Banshee XP-833 (its full name) and it is that by asares del destination, a Kia dealer in Connecticut, United States puts this car on sale at an incredible price of $ 750,000 dollars .
Under the hood, we find a 230-cubic-inch (3.7-liter) inline six-cylinder engine that is mated to a four-speed manual transmission that sends power to the rear wheels.
If on the outside, it looks flawless and elegant. Inside doors is the same situation. It seems that time has not passed by this Banshee that only has 2,410 km on the odometer. Maybe you have already deduced that this car is fully functional.
We are almost certain that this is the most expensive car that will ever be sold at a Kia dealer, and that is that a new Stinger has a much smaller ticket.
What happened to the Banshee?
The project was canceled, but still, General Motors went after the Mustang with the Camaro. As a consolation prize for John DeLorean and Pontiac, GM created the Pontiac Firebird, the twin of the Camaro. It wasn’t the Banshee, but something is something.
Of the original Banshee, only two operational prototypes were created, a six-cylinder engine coupe (which is the model for sale) and a V8-powered convertible, which as far as we know is owned by Joe Bortz , a nightclub entrepreneur and collector of cars.