• Mar 28th 2008 at 10:33AM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the 1964 Pontiac Banshee

The very cool 1964 Pontiac Banshee prototype is being auctioned off, again. Back in November of last year, the super-cool and svelte vehicle was put up on eBay with a Buy-It-Now price of $1.3 million. It didn't sell, so it's back up... with a cool $2 hundred-grand tacked onto the price.

Powered by Pontiac's OHC straight-six engine, the Banshee was intended to compete with the just-introduced Ford Mustang. As an extremely unique piece of automotive history, there are surely a few people out there with very deep pockets who would like to get their hands on the car that GM thought was too close to Corvette territory. Because GM had already committed to the 'Vette as its halo-car, it squashed the Banshee program before John De Lorean, then head of Pontiac, was able to get the Banshee into production.

Look closely and you'll note that many of the design elements introduced on the Banshee prototype were stolen carried-over to the 1968 Corvette, along with the tail-end of the Banshee ending up on the new-for-1970 Pontiac Firebird and Trans Am. We're big fans of the Pontiac Banshee prototype, and current owner Len Napoli, a Connecticut car dealer, is understandably aiming to capitalize on the unbelievable deal he got when he snatched the car up for a mere $214,500 at the 2006 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale. That, as they say, was well bought, indeed. In a December 2007 conversation with Automotive News, Napoli said that he hadn't gotten any offers at his then-$1.3M asking price and that he'd like to see the car go to a museum. If you have a museum and want to add the Banshee as an exhibit, it's there for the taking. Just bring money.

[Source: eBay via Car Scoop]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      What a douche bag, bought less than 250k a couple years ago and is trying to sell for 1.5 million now? If he wants it at a museum he should give it as charity then. Is there a way to contact this douche?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does anybody know if this predated the Opel GT? Similar features, but much smaller tires, etc....my roommate in college had one and it was a scary fun ride on icy Pittsburgh roads.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Needs more hood...
      • 7 Years Ago
      To bad this was never put into production.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't help but think that the American performance market might have developed quite differently if this, instead of the Camaro had been chosen to spar with the Mustang.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I live in Milford, CT where Napoli is located. Every now and then I'll go there and just check out the great classics they have there. This car is truly worth seeing in person (for those who feasibly can). Really is a beautiful car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't think it would have put up a good fight against the mustang. the lines are too curvy and almost feminine in my eyes.

      I think they went the right way with the stockier more muscular looking Camaro/Firebird combo.

      This looks more like a Corvette Variant.
        • 7 Years Ago
        same designer
        • 7 Years Ago
        ^In a sense. IIRC, the C3 borrowed heavily from the Banshee I.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is this a car? Another piece of ... american tasteless 'design'. Dont eat so mush hamburgers it's destructing your brians.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Conjecture about it's potential effects on automotive history aside, this is an astoundingly beautiful design. Definitely one of the best designs of the era, and that's saying something.
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