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.
Oh, my. Love the car. I have restored 2 C3 Corvettes, an 81 and a 75 (which we still own). As a result of many many hours working on their doors and door panels.... I spy a C3 Corvette door in one of the pictures.
Oh, my. Love the car. I have restored 2 C3 Corvettes, an 81 and a 75 which we still own. as a result of many many hours working on their doors and door panels.... I spy a C3 Corvette door in one of the pictures.
You may want to change the title of the article. The dates listed in the article are 1966. The sting ray was on the streets in fall of '62. Designer Larry Shinoda sketches of the prototypes were dated '59. So maybe you might change the headline to StingRay influenced the Pontiac