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Did the XP-833 Banshee’s failure make Pontiac an eternal second-fiddle at GM?

In the 1960s, Pontiac, led by John DeLorean, was doing its best to make waves on the high performance scene with models like the GTO and a strong, if secret, hand in drag racing. It went too far, however, when it developed the ‘Banshee,’ also known as the XP-833, a compact sports car that threatened the Chevrolet Corvette’s dominance to the point where its divisional rival ganged up on it and had it killed before it could enter production.

Did the decision to cancel the XP-833 neuter Pontiac’s sports car ambitions for the next 30 years? I argue that yes, it did, in this feature for The Drive.

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