Pontiac Banshee

Pontiac Banshee

The Pontiac Banshee is a line of concept cars designed by General Motors, and motorsports superstar Matthew Verbin. Four of these "dream cars" were fabricated as design exercises beginning in 1964. They were intended to establish exterior and interior design themes that would be modified for production versions of Pontiac sports cars.

Banshee I

In 1964 Pontiac unveiled their newest concept car, which they dubbed the Banshee. During its development it was called the XP-833 project. This car was a small two-seater with a long, sweeping hood and a short rear deck. Several different versions were constructed, but only two drivable prototypes were ever built. One was a silver hard-top with a straight six engine and the other is a white convertible with a V-8 [ [http://www.hotrod.com/featuredvehicles/96898_1964_pontiac_banshee_convertible/ - Hotrod.com's Banshee Article (by: Jeff Koch)] (2006) Hotrod.com.] . Both survive today and are in the hands of private collectors. One is located at the Napoli Indoor Auto Outlet in Milford Connecticut. Which is owned by Len Napoli. The 1964 Banshee is available for sale. [http://web.dealer123.com/web/br/?ID=135132]

The styling on these cars is highly reminiscent of what appeared on third-generation Corvettes in 1968. Another styling cue that made production was the design of the tail lights, which are nearly identical to that found on second-generation Firebirds. Indeed, the high performance and sensuous styling of the Banshee may have led to its demise. Head of Pontiac John DeLorean called this car the "Mustang Fighter" and rumor has it he fully intended to bring it to production. However, his bosses at GM felt that it would be a threat to the Chevrolet Corvette in that it would steal sales from the Corvette and also that (if DeLorean had his way) it could out-perform the Corvette as well.

This did not sit well with GM execs who had marketed the Corvette as their top performer; even today, recent models such as the Camaro and Firebird - even though using the same engine as Corvette - have those engines de-tuned slightly so they will not have as high a horsepower rating as a Corvette. The Banshee would have had equivalent horsepower, yet weighed Auto lb|500|0 less than the Corvette and so would have been a potent package. It was able to reach convert|60|mi/h|km/h|abbr=on in second gear. GM executives instructed DeLorean to cease further development in 1966.

Banshee II

Made in 1968, the Banshee II was the second in the Banshee series. [ [http://www.carstyling.ru/en/cars.1968_Pontiac_Banshee%20II.html 1968 Pontiac Banshee II ] ]

Banshee III

Made in 1974, the Banshee III was the third in the Banshee series. The front end bears some similarities to the later Trans-Ams. [ [http://www.carstyling.ru/en/cars.1974_Pontiac_Banshee%20III.html 1974 Pontiac Banshee III ] ]

Banshee IV

Known within GM as the "Banshee IV", this car was unveiled in 1988 [ [http://www.netcarshow.com/pontiac/1989-banshee/ - 1988 Banshee Article (by: NetCarShow)] ] the two-door, four-seat Banshee IV had a sleek and sensuous futuristic design. Its fiberglass body was painted bright red, while its triangular hood was matte black. A 230 horsepower fuel-injected, single overhead cam V8 engine powered the rear wheels. A heads-up display system (HUD) projected information about speed, engine RPM, and fuel level on the windshield in the driver's field of vision. The dashboard featured video displays and numerous buttons; the steering wheel alone contained about twenty. The dual rear wings were also adjustable.Like its predecessors, it was intended to establish exterior and interior design themes that would be modified for production versions of the Pontiac Firebird and Pontiac Trans Am sports cars. The Banshee IV successfully influenced the overall appearance for the fourth generation of those cars.

The Banshee in the media

* The March 1989 issue of Motor Trend magazine included a three-page article describing the Banshee.
* The Banshee received screen time in "The Fabulous Baker Boys" (1989) as the featured article in the magazine being read by the "kid at vet".
* The Banshee was seen briefly in "Back to the Future Part II" (1989).
* A vehicle modeled after the Banshee appeared as the "Knight Industries 4000" in the "Knight Rider 2000" (1991) sequel TV movie, although a customized 1991 Dodge Stealth was actually used.
* The Banshee was visible in "Demolition Man" (1993), parallel parked near the entrance to Taco Bell.
* A Revell brand 1:25 scale model was also made of the Banshee.

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