• Sep 13, 2010
1964 Pontiac XP833 Banshee Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

You never know what you're going to find on eBay. The auction house of the interwebs routinely plays host to metal both obscure and unique – two categories the vehicle you see above satisfies without question. It's a 1964 Pontiac XP833 Banshee Concept, and while it's easy to think that the car is little more than a warmed over Corvette design, the truth is that this particular Poncho had widespread influence on General Motors design language for more than a decade.

Originally penned by none other than John Delorean, the Banshee was supposed to be a more sports-oriented competitor to the recently introduced Ford Mustang. Unfortunately, when the concept was completed, the higher-ups felt that the Banshee would threaten the Corvette throne and the project was scrapped. It's a song that would be repeated time and time again in the future.

Pieces of the Banshee design would live on in cars like the C4 Corvette and Pontiac Firebird, but the actual concepts themselves were slated for destruction. Fortunately, the studies were boxed up in shipping crates and tucked away for safe keeping, eventually sold to the GM execs who had taken part in the Banshee project. This particular example has a mere 1,500 miles on the clock and sits in its original condition. It can be yours for the right price, but with almost $50,000 on the auction and the reserve not met, it ain't gonna be cheap.



[Source: eBay Motors]


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      rjander03
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lenny bought this for 200k back in 06 and has been trying to get 1m+ for it ever since. He seems to be of the opinion that if something isn't selling you raise the price. Instead of putting it "back up" for sale every year he should have put it away for ten years, waited for the market to come back and cashed in. The car is just getting overexposed now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Would have made a great Hot Wheels!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Reminds me a lot of the Lambo 350GTV prototype up front.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very cool design, always loved it. This auction is most likely a teaser for the upcoming Barrett Jackson auction. This might be one of the premier lots.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, I always thought it was cool and exotic. I'm kinda surprised it has the regular OHC 6 in it, and not the Sprint version with the 4-bbl carb, the hotter cam, and the long-runner exhaust manifolds.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Although John DeLorean was head of the Pontiac division, I doubt very much that he "penned" (i.e. was primarily responsible for the styling) of this particular car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You are correct. DeLorean never "penned" anything. Autoblog - get your facts straight!

        DeLorean was not an industrial designer, he was a manager with a BS in mechanical engineering. He conceived the car, with the backing of Pete Estes, but he never designed it. It was designed by Jack Humbert working under Chuck Jordan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll bet Leno will get it. The asking price is - to him - pocket change(!)
      • 4 Years Ago
      When Jon died pontiac died with him.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They did build excitement in those days. DeLorean and Knudsen were the best things that happened to Pontiac.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, totally looks like an Opel GT 1900 ripoff: http://www.automusee.fr/data/classes/voitures/1301299_zoom1.jpg
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, saw that one later on. My bad =).. The Pontiac looks better anyways
        • 4 Years Ago
        Funny how this is a concept car from 1964, but the Opel GT wasn't released until 1968.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw this at Barrett-Jackson maybe 5-6 years back. It was pretty cool, but it did look like variation of the Corvette even more in person.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd say since it was made in 1964, the Corvette is the one that looks like a variation of the Banshee since the C3 didn't come out until '68. The C3 was definitely the first Vette that looked similar to the Banshee.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The pictures make it look like a Hot Wheel car with those redline tires. So very nice.
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