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1964 Pontiac Banshee Concept Car

I was reading Autoweek Magazine today and ran across a short article with the picture below. 

Thinking it was a late 60’s Vette, I started to skip the article.  Not that I don’t like late 60’s/early 70’s Vettes, I’ve just read a lot about them and their history already.  Something made me do a double-take, though, and I ended up reading the article.  This is the 1964 Ponitac Banshee concept car.  John DeLorean, then head of Pontiac, championed this car which was apparently shot down by GM brass because they were afraid it would take too much market share from the Corvette.  Ya think?

Just for reference, here’s a picture of the 1964 Chevrolet Corvette. 


 

A beautiful car in its own right, but quite a bit different.  The Corvette didn’t start to look like the Banshee until the 1968 model year, when it looked like this:
 

See the family resemblence?

To be fair, it looks like Pontiac stole a bunch of design cues from the ‘68 Vette which was already on the drawing table.  But four years earlier and, at least in concept form, a little slicker, too.  Only two were built.  How sad.

Learn sumthin’ new every day.

5 Comments

  1. Delorean was a fucking genius.
    He got jazzed for trying to be too much in this world.
    Good of his trophy to bail when he got busted, too.
    RIP J.D

  2. Delorean was a fucking genius.
    He got jazzed for trying to be too much in this world.
    Good of his trophy to bail when he got busted, too.
    RIP J.D

  3. i own a 1967 firebird conv and 1969 corvette conv ihave been into the old firebirds and corvettes since 1968 in 1984 i ran across an article on banshees they were great concept cars to bad they didnt make any. in the late 70s i had a 68 firebird and wanted to put 69 vette front end on it well in 84 as i found out delorean beat me to it.in 2005 i saw a real banshee at carlisle fairgrounds in pa. it was white with blue stripe. i have not seen any pics of it since. i have won some bets on the 1968 vette body designe

  4. i own a 1967 firebird conv and 1969 corvette conv ihave been into the old firebirds and corvettes since 1968 in 1984 i ran across an article on banshees they were great concept cars to bad they didnt make any. in the late 70s i had a 68 firebird and wanted to put 69 vette front end on it well in 84 as i found out delorean beat me to it.in 2005 i saw a real banshee at carlisle fairgrounds in pa. it was white with blue stripe. i have not seen any pics of it since. i have won some bets on the 1968 vette body designe

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