Long before the Pontiac Banshee of the '90s, which anticipated the style that the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird Fourth generation, in the mid-60s there was a homonymous model whose importance was such that to this day it remains inexplicable because it is not even counted among the best concept cars in history.
The "original" Banshee was proposed in 1964 by a team of designers from General Motors, which was headed by the very John DeLorean. The goal of its creation was to rival the Ford Mustang, which had achieved great success.
It is inescapable that it was inspired by the Corvette C2, but also that it had a touch of extra freshness. In addition, it was a little smaller and weighed 227 kilos less thanks to the bodywork being built in fiberglass. For its part, the posterior sector strongly reminded of the first Firebird. Regarding the engine, the idea was to drive it by six and eight cylinder engines, just like the Mustang did.
He was certainly a rival Ford had to watch out for. But The funny thing is that the fear of taking it to the production lines did not come from the Oval firm but from General Motors itself, who saw in this car a serious threat to the Corvette, Chevrolet's flagship model.
Obviously, they didn't want a Pontiac to come close to or even exceed its popularity and performance. So what they did was take up much of the Banshee philosophy and integrate it into the Corvette C3, the oldest generation of the American sports car.
Many years later we learn about him again Pontiac Banshee XP-833 (your full name) thanks to a dealer KIA in Connecticut (United States) that put on sale one of the two existing units of this model. The price? u $ s 750.000, something understandable considering that it is the only surviving prototype.
On the outside it is impeccable and elegant, something that also happens inside. It seems that time never passed for this Banshee who barely has 2.410 kilometers on his back. From how we tell you, you may have already deduced it: it works perfectly.