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Today 06:42 PM
idrivejunk I will have to find a High Perfomance Pontiac mag article, I betcha Rocky knows the scoop.

Before I search for the truth and disqualify myself though, I have to ask what 69 Trans Am?

It was a 69 1/2. That much I think I remember.
Today 01:38 PM
Dragonoake One is a well known artist who had worked for GM for a while, but left before 1967
The other is a legendary West Coast customizer
Yesterday 11:32 PM
boothboy
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Originally Posted by Dragonoake View Post
Nope.
Neither was working for GM at that time
John DeLorean worked for GM until 1972. He was with Pontiac from 1956 to 1969. He left Pontiac to head up Chevy for a short leaving in 1972. Cars under his direction were as follows Pontiac GTO muscle car, the Pontiac Firebird, Pontiac Grand Prix, Chevrolet Cosworth Vega.
Bill Porter and Jack Humbert were the design team through Gen 2 Firebird. Both under the direction of John DeLorean, head of Pontiac.

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Both firebird and Camaro were put into production to combate Fords Mustang. GM at first thought the mustang would be nothing more than a warmed over Falcon. Bad spys! The Firebird and Camaro had been put on the back burners earlier because Pete Estas of Chevy didn't want anything to come close to the Corvette in performance . The GTO could have been a lot more peppier except for the Corvette.
Yesterday 09:10 PM
idrivejunk Knudsen and Beswick come to mind next, as I pull names out of a foggy hat. Never really concerned myself with Firebirds and as for me being a Pontiac guy... yeah I like how they look. I like the engine. I know song names but artist names or histories, no. Same thing. I like to hear the word Pontiac come up naturally in conversations and since we live close to one another, you know as well as I do how many later ones are in traffic still. Sure thought the first guess was the guys who did the 69 GP and I figured it might be the same guys. But I'm out of names at the moment, off the top of my head.
Yesterday 08:26 PM
Dragonoake
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Originally Posted by idrivejunk View Post
Was it DeLorean and Wangers?
Nope.
Neither was working for GM at that time
Yesterday 07:08 PM
idrivejunk
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Originally Posted by Dragonoake View Post
OK, who came up with the design for the '69 Pontiac Trans Am?
Two names you'll know
Was it DeLorean and Wangers?
Yesterday 05:54 PM
Dragonoake OK, who came up with the design for the '69 Pontiac Trans Am?
Two names you'll know
Yesterday 05:19 PM
idrivejunk
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I can't find a picture of it, but it seems to me there was a mid-engined Corvette prototype built around the late-50's
Closest thing I can find is CERV-2
I'm thinking some big name, possibly George Barris, bought it from GM in pieces years later
Ding, ding! That answer works for me.

It is the XP-719, a mid-engine Corvette concept with retractable roof. Here is the article my info and the GM pic came from:

The Mystery of the Little-Known 1959 XP-719 Corvette Rear-Engine Prototype

Here is a Chevy page that shows the CERV prototypes:

https://media.chevrolet.com/media/us...0718-cerv.html

Posting links so I don't tell a pack of lies.

Never did get my chicken dinner yesterday, think I will now. And I hope my question was not a repeat. Enjoy the articles. Wild stuff there.
Yesterday 03:16 PM
Dragonoake I can't find a picture of it, but it seems to me there was a mid-engined Corvette prototype built around the late-50's
Closest thing I can find is CERV-2
I'm thinking some big name, possibly George Barris, bought it from GM in pieces years later
Yesterday 11:00 AM
idrivejunk
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Originally Posted by Dragonoake View Post
I'm going to say it's an early sketch of what became the Mustang concept car in the early-60's
Nope. Now that you mention it I can see a resemblance in the shape.

Getting colder, with this guess.
12-07-2019 10:55 PM
Dragonoake I'm going to say it's an early sketch of what became the Mustang concept car in the early-60's
12-07-2019 09:16 PM
idrivejunk
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Originally Posted by boothboy View Post
!959 certainly a interesting year!!

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Quite! You could now buy a Corvair.



The pic is just a life sized drawing of a prototype with retractable hardtop from an interesting year at an interesting company but at least a couple versions were mocked up. Ultimately, and recently, the concept became a reality and a man whose name we all recognize is probably doing a jig or pumping his fist from the grave.

You guys keep making base hits and I will keep pitching cervballs and someone will slide home eventually.
12-07-2019 07:59 PM
boothboy !959 certainly a interesting year!!

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12-07-2019 03:53 PM
idrivejunk
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Originally Posted by 123pugsy View Post
Knowing you, a Pontiac prototype based off a Vette.
Your sentence might not take much shuffling to be an answer.

But your assumption has led you off course.
12-07-2019 03:11 PM
123pugsy Knowing you, a Pontiac prototype based off a Vette.
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