Friday, February 4, 2011

1964 Pontiac Banshee - What Could Have Been...

What an amazing looking car.

This is a Pontiac concept car. John DeLorean was running Pontiac back in the mid-sixties and he loved performance cars. This car was designed with the full intention of bringing it to the marketplace.

This car was supposedly quicker than the Chevrolet Corvette. That didn't sit well with Chevrolet and General Motors corporate executives. They wanted to keep the Corvette as the company's top performer. (This was something that my dad, who was a GM executive, confirmed. Many times as a kid, I would see pictures of GM concept cars and ask my dad if GM planned to produce them. "Probably not," he'd reply. "It would be better than a Corvette.") In 1966 GM ordered DeLorean to stop work on the car.

Several of these cars were built, but only 2 were runners. This one has a Pontiac straight 6 in it. (Maybe DeLorean felt that by presenting a the car with a 6, he might get past the "it can't be better than a Corvette" rule.) The other car had a V8 in it.

This is being offered for sale by Napoli Classics in Milford, CT. No price is listed, but I suspect you'd be able to buy a very nice house (maybe a small town) for the price of this car.

Click here to see the Napoli Classics ad.

Thanks to Jon for sending me the link to this car!

3 comments:

Mike P said...

I've seen photos of this beauty several times over the years, yet it never fails to make me whistle under my breath. The Banshee was to sexy to have been killed off, but that sounds like GM. And they had Pontiac build the Aztek...

Max Power said...

Always reminded me of the unholy union of an Opel GT, Corvette and Firebird

enmotors said...

“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.” This was from a 2008 Motor Trend Article. Looks like it was on the block on eBay in spring 2008 and Sept 2010. RM Auctions had it listed in spring of 2010 for 400-600k estimate. In all the auctions, the vehicle went unsold. It’s been shopped a little bit.

Beautiful car. Great colors and condition. I like it more than the traditional “Sting Ray” Vette styling. More subdue and European looking with slightly lower fender lines. It looks like this is held in his personal collection with it being used to advertise the dealer. I can’t blame him, as I would have done the same. I would have guessed, even in a down economy that the car would be worth over $800k at the right auction.