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1964 Pontiac Banshee XP-833

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Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964 - Interior
Pontiac Banshee XP-833, 1964 - Interior
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Pontiac Banshee XP-833 Coupe, 1964
The 3rd generation Corvette was already on the drawing boards, 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 a unique clamshell door design. This was John Delorean’s pet project, and he really wanted it in production. Two functional cars were produced (built by an outside coach builder). One was a 6 cylinder engine, the other had a V8. One was a hardtop, the other a roadster. There was even a 4 passenger version that was proposed. But GM wasn’t interested in eroding the Corvette’s market share, and the top dogs nixed the project.


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.

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 concepts survive today and are in the hands of private collectors
Source: www.welovepontiacs.com; Bill Bowman - wiki.gmnext.com
Comments:
Kevin Lee Beard
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Would love to own this car.
This car would have killed off the Corvette,
John Delorean was a genius.
mojo1961
Sunday, May 02, 2010
This car with the OHC 6 should have been a production car. I think it would have complemented the Corvette. If GM had limited it to the 6, which was ahead of it's time but perfect for this lightweight platform, OHC technology would have progressed years ahead of what it is now. By the way I owned a '67 Firebird with the 4BBL OHC engine, it handled way better than the big block 'birds I owned later, and still topped out over 115mph.
Azbirds
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Incredible Car! I've always wanted one. The concept car was a 1964, but it was thought of long before that car was built. John Delorean was amazing and was a true leader, not a follower and that is why I think the Corvette took its design from the XP-833. I would like to see proof from the chevy spin doctors.
TransAmer99
Monday, November 22, 2010
I have to take issue with the lead commentary above that the XP-833 was inspired by the C3 Vette. The timeline simply does not bear that out. The C3 Corvette was patterned after the 1965 Mako Shark II concept, which itself was rebodied from the 1961 Mako Shark - a precursor to the C2 Corvette. DeLorean built the Banshee prototypes independantly of any Corvette design or styling exercises. Furthermore, I submit that, by GM refusing to allow further development and production of the Banshee, the intention and timeline support the notion that the C3 (and the Mako Shark II) owe a great deal of their design to DeLorean's work instead.
SixtiesGuy
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
What an incredible shame that this beautiful car was not approved for production!!! Curious how much of its exterior and interior styling was "borrowed" by Chevrolet for the 1968 Corvette. Rather than competing with what would have been its big brother, it would have complemented the 'Vette by offering a more economical yet incredibly sporty alternative. It's nice that the prototypes weren't crushed along with so many others.
tom
Saturday, July 14, 2012
corvette, opel gt, and Firebird later designs.too bad GM killed it off for Corvette reasons.
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