What’s a prototype?
1951 How it all began
1952 Corvette EX-122
1954 Corvette Corvair Motorama showcar
1954 Corvette Hardtop Motorama Showcar
1954 Corvette Nomad Motorama Showcar
1955 Corvette Biscayne Show Car
1956 Harlow Curtis SR-2 Lookalike
1956 Corvette Impala Show Car
1956 Corvette SR-2 Sebring Racer
1952 EX-122 Concept Car
1957 Q Corvette
1957 Corvette SS Show Car
1957 Corvette SS XP-64
1958 XP-700
1959 Stingray Racer XP-87
1959 Corvette Stingray
1961 Corvette Mako Shark XP-755
1962 C2 Prototype XP-720
1962 Four Seat Stingray Corvette XP-720 2+2
1963 Corvette Rondine Pininfarina Coupe
1963 Corvette Grand Sport
1963 Wedge Corvette Split Windshield
1964 World’s Fair Styling Study
1964 Clay model for '66 update
1964 Grand Sport GS-II(b)
1964 CERV II
1964 Pontiac Banshee XP-833
1964 Corvette XP-819 Rear Engine
1965 Corvette Mako Shark XP-830
1966 Mid Engine Styling Proposal
1967 Astro I
1968 Corvette Astro-Vette
1968 Astro II-XP-880 mid engine
1969 Astro III
1969 Manta Ray
1969 Mid Engine XP-882
1970 Scirocco Showcar
1970 Corvette XP-882
1973 Corvette 2 rotor XP-897-GT
1973 Reynolds XP-895
1973 Corvette 4 rotor XP-882
1973 Corvette XP-898
1974 Mulsanne Showcar
1976 Corvette XP-882
1979 Turbo Corvette
1978 Corvette Astro-Vette
1980 Turbo Corvette
1982 4th Generation Concepts
1984 Bertone Ramarro
1985 Corvette Indy
1986 GTP Corvette
1987 Corvette Geneve
1989 Corvette DR-1
1989 Corvette ZR-2
1990 Corvette Conan ZR-12 V12
1990 Bertone Nivola
1991 ZR-1 Snake Skinner
1992 Stingray III
2001 Corvette Tiger Shark
2003 Corvette Italdesign Moray
2009 Sideswipe

1964 Pontiac Banshee XP-833

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.

The Banshee was John DeLorean’s proposed two-seater “Mustang fighter”, which most others in GM saw (probably correctly) as a threat to the Corvette’s dominance. For a planned $2,500, or $200 less than a stripped Corvette of the day, you were to get sporty looks on a 90-inch wheelbase and full production GM A-body suspension, from steering knuckles to the Salisbury live rear axle.

Engines were out of the Pontiac playbook as well, including the OHC straight-six and (naturally) a variety of increasingly hairy V8’s. Curb weight on the fiberglass-bodied dream was a low 2,200 pounds with the six. DeLorean worked the corporate system and exploited loopholes once to pull off the GTO, but GM wasn’t about to let him try it again with the Banshee, and the project was killed early on.

Elements lived on in spirit, though. Save for the distinctive Pontiac split grille and a blatantly second-gen Firebird tail panel, most angles on the Banshee scream ’68 Corvette. Even the rear, as viewed in profile, has a hint of soft-bumper ’74 Vette. There’s so much Corvette influence here that it was shown at Bloomington in 1990. The plastic-skin-bolted-onto-a-metal-chassis idea resurfaced 20 years later at Pontiac, this time on the Fiero. So the powers that be apparently thought the Banshee might have been a good idea, just not then.

Two exist: one is a silver hard-top with a straight six engine and the other is a white convertible with a V8. Both survive today and are in the hands of private collectors.

As Advertised on E-Bay 19 Sep 2010


Created by John Z. Delorean - then General Manager of Pontiac
Built by the Pontiac Motor Division of General Motors
Debuted as a Banshee Prototype in 1964

**This car is the original one-of-a-kind prototype Pontiac Banshee Coupe**

History of the XP-833 Banshee

The early Ford Mustangs were so popular that Pontiac's brass decided to build a Mustang competitor while DeLorean wanted to offer a two-seat sports car as a Corvette alternative to compete with the Mustang. Secretly, the XP-833 project was born. DeLorean declared the XP-833 Banshee a Mustang beater after the concept prototypes were built.

The XP-833 prototype was a preview of future GM designs to come. Long nose, short deck, swooping “coke-bottle” profile, broad grille with chrome bumper surround, raked windshield, bulging fenders, triple slit taillights and hidden headlights with a suggestive power bulge on the hood.

However, the design of the XP-833 was so far ahead of its time that GM's top executives became worried that it might be too much of a threat to their prized Corvette so they stopped the project. To compete with the Mustang, in 1967 Pontiac ultimately came out with the Firebird that shared both chassis and sheet metal with the Chevrolet Camaro.  In 1973 John Delorean left General Motors and formed the DeLorean Motor Company to create his dream sportscar the DeLorean, which was later featured in the movie "Back to the Future" and the rest is now history...

Unfortunately, the Banshee never reached production, but most exterior angles of the redesigned third generation 1968 Corvette interestingly mirrored the XP-Banshee prototype except for the distinctive Pontiac grille and Firebird style tail panel.

There’s so much Corvette influence that a Banshee prototype was shown at Bloomington in 1990 and this car was even invited to be displayed at the Meadow Brook Hall Concourse d'Elegance in 2001 as a legend of automotive history.

Amazingly, the two drivable Banshee prototypes (a coupe and a roadster) avoided destruction by being hidden in shipping crates after the project was canceled by GM. Eventually, the cars were spared death by the crusher and sold by GM to employees that were closely involved in the XP-833 project.

Bill Killen received this prototype coupe directly from GM and the Killen family has owned the car until it changed hands a few years ago. The car has less than 1,500 original miles on it with most of the miles coming from the early developmental days while at Pontiac. The car is a true unrestored survivor as it still is the way that it was when shown to the GM management over 40 years ago including the original paint, interior and drivetrain...

The Banshee prototypes and their legacy remain a huge part of automotive lore and have been featured in countless automobile history books and car magazines over the years. Now that we have seen an end to the Pontiac marquee, this historically important Pontiac will surely be a much sought after car by collectors and enthusiasts into the future.

This car is a one-of-a-kind prototype and was built with the following features

  • Silver exterior with a red interior
  • Unique solid-body construction of exterior fiberglass with Steel underbody
  • Special hinged roof/top that flips up for easy access
  • Specially-built cross flow head OHC inline six engine (155 horsepower)
  • Four-speed manual transmission
  • Solid live rear axle
  • Cooling air intakes under its long nose
  • Fixed seats with adjustable/movable pedals
  • Stylish sport car dash
  • Large 120mph speedometer
  • Large 8,000 RPM tachometer
  • Gauge pack (temp, oil pres, oil temp, water temp, amps, clock)
  • Wood sport steering wheel
  • Pontiac radio
  • Rally II style wheels


Select to Enlarge
Select to Enlarge
Select to Enlarge
Select to Enlarge
Select to Enlarge
Select to Enlarge
Select to Enlarge
Select to Enlarge
Select to Enlarge
Select to Enlarge
Select to Enlarge
Select to Enlarge
Select to Enlarge
Select to Enlarge
Select to Enlarge
Select to Enlarge
Select to Enlarge
Select to Enlarge
Select to Enlarge
Select to Enlarge
Select to Enlarge
Select to Enlarge
Select to Enlarge
Select to Enlarge
Select to Enlarge

Home | Hot Rod | Movies | Music | TV | Calendar | Links
© 2009 High Performance Web Sites. All Rights Reserved