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GIM (Matrix) model of the Pontiac Banshee XP-833 concept


Harv Goranson
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This is a might-have-been Pontiac 2-seat sports car. It nearly made it to production, but whether it was axed by Chevrolet's fears of eroded Corvette sales, or corporate bean counters, I am not sure. But it was designed to be cheaper than the Corvette and, looking at the 66,000 Solstices that Pontiac was able to sell decades later, it could have been a winner.

Several design cues made it into production. At first look there is a lot of '68 'Vette in its appearance, though the preceding Monza GT show car was more of an inspiration. Perhaps Chevy stole some ideas. The taillights influenced the first Firebirds, while the ovoid rear panel reminds one of the '70 Firebird. Even the circular headlight covers may have influenced the Opel GT. GIM calls this a 1964, but online sources hover between 1964 and 1965. Several were made, including a coupe, and GIM makes this one in silver.

GIM 009a Pontiac Banshee XP 833 pic1
GIM 009a Pontiac Banshee XP 833 pic2
GIM 009a Pontiac Banshee XP 833 pic3

 

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cadillaclloyd
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I thought GIM was a spin-off of GLM, after they (GLM) had license issues with General Motors.


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John Kuvakas
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I know there's been a lot of confusion over the two. But, shortly after GIM appeared, GLM issued a statement making it very clear that GIM was not GLM. 

John Kuvakas
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Harv Goranson
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@lloyd-mecca I think Stamp is with GLM (just about all the Stamps are Cadillacs) and GIM is allied with Matrix. I thought GIM was intended as a GLM/Stamp competitor after some sort of disagreement between GLM and Matrix. The websites for Matrix and GIM are both in Dutch, so there's a big clue.

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Nickies
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@jkuvakas since I just started back collecting a few months ago and  only resin models of 40's-50's Buicks and Cadillacs, I agree that GLM and GIM have been confusing for some time. 

GLM models are far more accurate and better put together. Proportions are also better but this is just my opinion. I had to return a GIM 1951 Cadillac Coupe De Ville because of paint issue and it was a lot bigger than GLM 1950 Cadillac convertible. Furthermore, the chrome trim was not straight and the gaps were too wide on many parts giving a feeling of more toyish.

On the other side, I got the GIM V16 1938 Cadillac Town Sedan and the quality is on par with any other Cadillac I have from GLM including the Matrix 1937 V16 Coupe.


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cadillaclloyd
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@mg-harv 

You are correct, I remember that now. Thx!


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