Previously, we reported on the unique 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special concept heading to Scottsdale for Barrett-Jackson where it would cross the auction block. Only two of these vehicles were ever produced, with no production plans ever drawn up. Instead, they stand as testaments to Harley Earl’s vision of what a high-speed vehicle from Pontiac would have been.
This Metallic Emerald Green example, from the Ron Pratte collection, came and went on the auction floor but not before it tallied a staggering $3.3 million selling price, making the reserve plus some.
The concept vehicle is essentially a 1953 Chevrolet Corvette, but outfitted to what Earl thought Pontiac stood for. The car takes cues from aviation, featuring additional gauges such as a clock, compass and manifold pressure. The shifter also mimics an aircraft’s landing gear lever, rounding out the aviation influences on the inside.
The car is fitted with a 230-horsepower, 268 cubic-inch Pontiac inline-8 cylinder, which Earl felt suited the Pontiac brand better than the orginal Corvette’s 150-horsepower, 235 cubic-inch inline-6.
Whoever spent the money on this gorgeous Motorama concept knew what they were paying for, as this Pontiac reins as a true collector piece.