|Pontiac Bonneville Special|
|aka||XP-200 / SO 2488|
|Body type||2 door canopy coupé|
|Engine||Pontiac I-8, flathead|
|Successor||Pontiac Club de Mer|
|Designer||Harley J. Earl|
The Pontiac Bonneville Special was a purpose-built, concept car that was unveiled at the General Motors Motorama in 1954 and was the first two-seater sports car that Pontiac had ever produced. Designed by renowned designer Harley J. Earl and hand built by Hommer LaGassey and Paul Gilland, the Special was an experimental car, a two door, grand touring sport coupé that incorporated innovative breakthrough styling like an all-plexi canopy with gull-wing panels on a sleek fiberglass body. Two Special prototypes, one painted metallic bronze and one emerald green, were built with the intention of unveiling them simultaneously at the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York and the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles in 1954.
As of 2006, both cars still exist, belonging to Joseph Bortz of Highland Park, IL.
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- "XP" and "SO" were GM designations for experimental (XP) and special order (SO) concept cars.