Certain concept cars stand out from the rest. Some are clearly production bound while others are nothing more than proof of concept and some you will remember long after their novel idea or pitch has come and gone without ever transitioning into production. One such vehicle is the iconic Pontiac Banshee. This was going to be the PMD sibling to Chevrolet’s Corvette, and it was as impressive as it was innovative.
The Banshee is a one-of-a-kind concept created by the team from Pontiac’s Advanced Engineering Staff. Internally, the car went by the codename XP-833, which sounds as cool as Banshee in a way. Still, we’re a sucker for cars with actual names, as that’s getting harder to find with each passing year. The Banshee was created to satisfy a need for a two-door sports car for the Pontiac brand and, with help from various Tempest and Corvair mechanical bits, this is what was developed.
Under the hood sits a straight-six engine that’s paired with a four-speed manual gearbox. This was and still is a running, driving concept vehicle that shined a bit too brightly for the liking of its Corvette cousin. The Chevy lived on and, rightfully so, became the iconic American sports car that has been beloved for decades now. Pontiac got its two-door in the form of the Camaro-based Firebird, and the Banshee became a piece of history. Still, it was a vivid memory for many, and now someone can buy it.
The car’s value is estimated at around $600,000 – $650,000 and that vaunted price tag comes with a rich back story as the Pontiac Banshee XP-833 was a project approved and supervised by the legendary John Z. Delorean, general manager of Pontiac at that time. The estimated sale price for the car is set at $600,000 to $650,000, and we see no problem with it reaching those dollar amounts.