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Driving the Pontiac prototype that inspired the Stingray

Cruising along Chicago streets in this stunning Pontiac sports car and looking over a front-end landscape so curvaceous it could wear a Prancing Horse badge, I find it impossible to imagine that any automotive executive would think this prototype was a bad idea. But that’s just what happened in 1966 to the XP-833, a car so admired inside General Motors that the people who created it could not obey the order to destroy it. In a town full of “could have been” stories, the Pontiac XP-833 stands out as one of the most gut-wrenching. After decades of admiring it, I’m actually behind the wheel.


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Interesting history, but I don't see much to lament.  The basic shape looks like a C3 Corvette that was on sale just 2 years later without the ugly Pontiac themed bumpers.  Many good Chevrolet powertrain choices were available in the C3.


Pontiac always had better styling than the "everybody has one" Chevy. Pontiac.also had good horsepower, ruling tracks in the early 1960s