If you have a spare $1.3 million, you can own the car that might have changed Pontiac's history.
The Banshee, a swoopy fastback concept from the early 1960s, was the brainchild of John Z. DeLorean. Only two Banshees were built, and one of them is for sale on eBay.
DeLorean's plan was to blunt sales of British and German sports cars and make Pontiac a player in the sports car world. But GM brass killed the Banshee, the story goes, because they feared it would cannibalize Chevy Corvette sales.
Although the Banshee wasn't built, its inline, overhead-cam, six-cylinder engine found its way into the Pontiac Tempest and Firebird; the front end provided cues for the Opel GT and future Corvettes; and the rear-end styling surfaced on the Oldsmobile Toronado.
The Banshee on eBay was bought by Connecticut car dealer Len Napoli in January 2006 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Arizona for $214,500. Napoli says he hasn't had any serious offers at his $1.3 million asking price.
It's one of the few 1960s GM prototypes to escape the company. Napoli said he'd like the car to go to a museum. But one museum it won't be going to is the GM Heritage Center in Warren, Mich. GM spokesman Greg Wallace said the museum can't spend $1.3 million for the car. The convertible version of the Banshee is owned by Chicago collector Joe Bortz.