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Prototype Stingray - The 1964 Pontiac Banshee XP-833

Pontiac's Prototype Showed The Way For The C3 Corvette


In 1964, Pontiac's Chief Engineer John DeLorean decided to try to design a 2-seat sports car that would be a uniquely Pontiac design. Taking a cue from Zora Arkus-Duntov and the new C2 Corvette Sting Ray, he used a fiberglass body with sinuous curves. But to avoid pulling sales from the newly muscular 'Vette, he put a 155-hp straight-6 engine in the car.

The Banshee - or XP-833 - was ultimately declined by GM management, but the two prototypes survived and this one was offered for sale in 2010 at the Mecum Monterey auction. It's an important piece of GM history, and shows the ancestry of the C3 Corvette that was introduced in 1968.

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