Before the Chevrolet Camaro came about, General Motors was stuck in the boardroom thinking up ways to contest the massively successful Ford Mustang. At one point Pontiac’s Advanced Engineering wing was tasked with dreaming up the car which was to dethrone the Blue Oval’s pony car, and the result was the rather handsome XP-833 Banshee concept.
The Banshee came to fruition after then-Pontiac boss John Delorean allowed his team to build a two-seater sports car. Using design influence taken from the Corvair Monza GT concept, the Pontiac Advanced Engineering wing put together the sleek Banshee concept, and would soon build four more for the auto show circuit each with their own unique styling and upgrade parts.
Pontiac Banshee number one was saved from the wrecker after its auto show tour and will soon go under the gavel at Dragone’s upcoming 2015 Greenwhich Car Event Weekend Auction in Connecticut. The model is finished in silver and has an immaculate red interior with bucket seats and an aircraft-inspired dash. Power comes from Pontiac’s single overhead cam inline-six engine, which sets the car apart from the only other surviving example, a white V8-powered convertible.
The Banshee never reached production seeing as the Corvette already had the two-seat sportscar niche covered, and the Camaro had already set to work on getting up the Mustang’s nose, but looking at the photos of Banshee No. 1 makes us wish it had. Check out the listing for the car here before it’s sold at Dragone Greenwhich later this month.