The 1956 GM Motorama labelled the XP200 the “sports car of the future” with plexiglass racing windshields.
The Pontiac XP200 successfully translated the vision of its designers to the world.
The Club de Mer in Miami. The perfect setting for its resort club image. Publicity photo showing the Club de Mer by la Mer in Florida.
The Revell 1956 Pontiac Club de Mer Car Model Kit Store Display.
Finished and painted Revell model car kit of the 1956 Pontiac Club de Mer.
Mario on Aug 16, 2022 said:
The 1956 Pontiac Club de Mer XP200 Concept car was labelled the “sports car of the future” with plexiglass individual racing windshields. It successfully translated the vision of its designers to the world, contributing to the evolution of the Pontiac brand.
With its vertical double headlights hidden behind chrome strips and only appearing when in use, to its plexiglass individual racing windshields. This Concept car only stood 39 inches high and was 180 inches long.
The 1956 Pontiac Club de Mer is credited to Paul Gillian chief designer at Pontiac under the watchful eye of Harley Earl. It had a brushed anodized aluminum body with breakthrough styling as a 2 door Sport Roadster and a new 287ci OHV V8 300hp engine.
The XP200 was unfortunately scrapped in 1958 but fortunately in the 2000's coach builder Marty Martino created a replica of the Club de Mer with a fiberglass body. So, we can still see first-hand what this Concept car looked like. Enjoy! Mario.[Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Aug 16, 2022 said:
Hmmmmmmmmmm, I'm trying to decide if I liek this or not. I do not like the name Club De Mer....sounds like Club of Mercury which is NOT GM.
I see a lot of Corvette C1 dash inspiration.
I'd gladly dish out the $1.49 for tha plastic model.
That dorsal fin is where they got the idea for the mini dorsal on your modern cars now.
I'm just not loving this. I find it interesting, the clam shell trunk and all. I just can't find a flowing symetry on the car.
It just doesn't work for me. But, I'm sure it wasn't designed to suit me. It was designed to inspire. And it failed there for me as well.
Thanks for adding to the mammoth collection of the Mario's Woodys and Concept threads.
And for that, we are truly grateful.[Reply to this comment]
Mario on Aug 16, 2022 said:
Thanks for your comments and honest critique Rob. There are some nice things about the Pontiac Club de Mer and some not so nice things, but that was the point in building this concept car.
Positive feedback on what the public liked and negative feedback on what the public didn't like is what GM was looking for at the Motoramas.
Like you said there are Corvette and Impala items on this car that were put in production and this was due to the feedback GM received. Negative feedback was not.
Cheers, Mario[Reply to this comment]
Mario on Aug 18, 2022 said:
The reason for designing and producing Concept Cars was for the public to provide Positive feedback on what they liked on the cars and Negative feedback on what they didn't like on the cars.
These are ideas that may or may not be introduced in future cars. That is what GM, Ford and Chrysler were each looking for: to design in their cars what the public wanted and not to design in what they didn't like.
I see the Corvette cowl instrument panel which has been very popular. I see the Impala racing steering wheel, another popular feature. I also see the Instrument Cluster designed into the 1959 Impala. My Dad had a 59 Chevy and I used to love the instrument panel.
The dorsal fin I'm sure was not a big hit but the fact that Pontiac was able to build a sporty car in 1956 only 39 inches high was a big engineering feat back then. I even see the Hood emblem which was adopted in your 1957 Pontiac! Very impressive.
That is the reason for Concept cars. A Marketing strategy to gauge the buying public's individual items likes and dislikes. Cheers![Reply to this comment]