The Pontiac Banshee is a line of concept cars designed by Pontiac. Four of these "dream cars" were fabricated as design exercises beginning in 1964. They were intended to establish exterior and interior design themes that would be modified for production versions of Pontiac sports cars.
Known within General Motors as the "Banshee IV", this car was unveiled in 1988. The two-door, four-seat Banshee IV had a sleek and sensuous futuristic design. Its fiberglass body was painted bright red, while its triangular hood was matte black. A 230 horsepower fuel-injected, single overhead cam V8 engine powered the rear wheels. A heads-up display system (HUD) projected information about speed, engine RPM, and fuel level on the windshield in the driver's field of vision. The dashboard featured video displays and numerous buttons; the steering wheel alone contained about twenty. The dual rear wings were also adjustable. Like its predecessors, it was intended to establish exterior and interior design themes that would be modified for the production version of the Pontiac Firebird. The Banshee IV successfully influenced the overall appearance for the fourth generation of the Firebird, as well as extending to the fourth generation of the Chevrolet Camaro.
A vehicle heavily modeled after the Banshee IV appeared as the "Knight Industries 4000" in the Knight Rider 2000 (1991) sequel TV movie, although a customized 1991 Dodge Stealth ES was actually used. The Banshee IV can also be seen in the 1989 movie Back to the Future Part II.
This diecast model is an accurate representation of the Pontiac. One major difference is the partly hidden rear wheels on the real vehicle and the fully exposed wheels on the diecast model.
The Pontiac Banshee has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:
|Col #||Year||Series||Color||Tampo||Base Color / Type||Window Color||Interior Color||Wheel Type||Toy #||Country||Notes / Variations||Photo|
|75 / 76||1989||Speed Fleet||Red||None||Unpainted / Metal||Tinted (Black)||Black||UH||1796||Malaysia|
|75 / 76||1989||Speed Fleet||Red||None||Unpainted / Metal||Tinted (Black)||Black||UH||1796||Malaysia||"Pontiac" imprint on rear|
|75 / 76||1990||Mainline||Red||None||Blue tint / Metal||Black||Black||UH||1796||Malaysia|
|1990||California Customs||Gold Chrome with Red top insert and Red hood||Orange "Pontiac" on front, w/Yellow "Cal Custom" on window||Unpainted / Metal||Tinted (Black)||Red||Yellow Hub RR||1303||Malaysia|
|1990||California Customs||Gold Chrome with Orange top insert and Black hood||Orange "Pontiac" on front, w/Yellow "Cal Custom" on window||Unpainted / Metal||Tinted (Black)||Yellow Hub RR||Malaysia|
|1993||Heroes on Hot Wheels video tape car||Blue with Blue top insert and Dark Blue hood||Blue and Yellow squiggles||Unpainted / Metal||Black||unseen||UH||Malaysia|
|75||1993||Mainline||Red||No tampos||Blue tint / Metal||Black||unseen||UH Gold||1796||Malaysia|
|1994||Revealers 10-Pack||Red with Red top insert and White hood||Yellow, Pink and Purple "Banshee"||Unpainted / Metal||Tinted (Black)||White||UH||1796||Malaysia||10-Pack was a prize|
|1994||Demolition Man Movie car||Red with Red top insert and Black hood||No tampos||Unpainted / Metal||Clear||Black||Pro Circuit||Malaysia||Came with Park'n Plates box|
|75||1995||Mainline||Red||No tampos||Unpainted / Metal||Black||unseen||5SP||1796||Malaysia|
|1995||Mainline||Red||No tampos||Unpainted / Metal||Tinted (Black)||unseen||BW||1796||Malaysia||International Blisterpack|
|75||1996||Mainline||Red||No tampos||Unpainted / Metal||Black||unseen||7SP||1796||Malaysia|
|457||1996||Mainline||Black metallic||red HW logo on windshield||Unpainted / Metal||Clear||Lime Green||5SP||1796||China|
|457||1996||Mainline||Black metallic||red HW logo on windshield||Unpainted / Metal||Clear||Lime Green||LW||1796||China|
|1996||70th Anniversary of the Pontiac 3-pack||Yellow||None||Unpainted / Metal||Black||Black||5SP||China|
|1998||Target Holiday Set||Black||None||Unpainted / Metal||Clear||Red||5SP||China|
|457||1999||Mainline||Metalflake Purple with Black top insert and Black hood||white HW logo on rear glass||Unpainted / Metal||Clear||Black||5SP||15965||China|
|Metalflake Orange||Black, Silver flames "CUSTOM CAR DESIGNER"||Unpainted / Metal||Clear||Black||5DOT||Malaysia|
|Blue w/ Silver top insert and hood||Black, Silver flames HW logo||Unpainted / Metal||Light Blue||5SP||Malaysia|
|5pk||2003||Robo Zoo||Blue||Black||Unpainted / Metal||Clear||5SP||Malaysia|
|2/8||2008||Clover Cars||Metaflake Green||Green and White tampos on sides and hood||Unpainted / Metal||Light Blue||Black||5SP||N1119||Malaysia|
|2009||Fright Cars||Metallic Blue||Black, Purple Flames w/ eyes||Unpainted / Metal||Purple||Black||White PR5||Thailand||Walmart Exclusive|
|2009||Scary Cars 5-Pack||Green||Black, Yellow and Orange Flames w/ eyes||Unpainted / Metal||Yellow||Black||Yellow PR5||Thailand||Target Exclusive|
|2011||The Hot Ones||Green||Blue and pink Grapics||Unpainted / Metal||Light Blue||Grey||Chrome HO||Thailand|