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1974 Pontiac Banshee III

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Pontiac Banshee III, 1974
Pontiac Banshee III, 1974
Pontiac Banshee III, 1974
Pontiac Banshee III, 1974
Pontiac Banshee III, 1974
Pontiac Banshee III, 1974
Pontiac Banshee III, 1974
Pontiac Banshee III, 1974
Pontiac Banshee III, 1974
Pontiac Banshee III, 1974
Pontiac Banshee III, 1974
Pontiac Banshee III, 1974
Pontiac Banshee III, 1974
Pontiac Banshee III, 1974
Pontiac Banshee III - in 1978 configuration
Pontiac Banshee III - in 1978 configuration
Pontiac Banshee III - in 1978 configuration
Pontiac Banshee III - in 1978 configuration
Pontiac Banshee III - in 1978 configuration
Pontiac Banshee III - in 1978 configuration
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1973. A heavily stylised version of forthcoming Firebirds.
Before coming to market on February 23, 1967, the Firebird had several code names and finally was called the Banshee, a name Pontiac paid $6,000 for the rights to use. The 1974 Pontiac Banshee III was developed from a Pontiac Firebird platform with a long sloping front end and more aerodynamic rear styling. The front was a smooth blend of bumper sheet metal and covered headlamps for improved aerodynamics. The soft face bumper system consisted of body color urethane over an energy absorbing foam base, and the quartz halogen rectangular headlamps had a three-beam system, low, freeway and high.

Side glass was fixed and flush to sheet metal for improved aerodynamics and reduced wind noise, and an electrically operated access panel or toll window, was provided in the fixed side glass design.

The interior had red leather upholstery. The rear seat folded for additional luggage space and the seat harness system was anchored in the structural seat. A 455 CID Super Duty V8 Pontiac engine powered it.

The metallic maroon Banshee III made its public debut in 1974. It had four slit style taillights, but these became twenty “high-tech, round-hole” taillights when it was updated in 1976.
Source: history.gmheritagecenter.com
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