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Pontiac Banshee concept car offered at auction

This one-off Pontiac Banshee XP-8343 concept car will be offered by Dragone Auctions

US auction house Dragone Aucotions have announced a particularly interesting consignment to its 30 May Greenwich car event. The Pontiac Banshee, a one-off fully driving concept car, was built in 1964 by Pontiac Advanced Engineering, and is expected to sell for $600,000-$650,000.

XP-833 born out of the need for a General Motors to come up with a viable Ford Mustang competitor, and was given the go-ahead from Pontiac Division Head John Delorean.

It might look like a Corvette, but the design was apparently influenced by the rear-engined Corvair Monza GT show car of 1963 – not the 1965 Mako Shark II Corvette show car. Pontiac actually built four versions of the Banshee – the first of which offered here has survived in fantastic condition.

The striking motor show car was powered by Pontiac’s overhead cam in-line six engine, hooked up to a four-speed manual gearbox. It’s presented in the original Silver paint scheme, with a bold red interior.

In the end, the concept never came into fruition, and GM went on to build the Camaro instead.

The Banshee, along with many other interesting classic cars, will go under the hammer on 30 May at Dragone’s Westoport, Connecticut, facility.

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