The Pontiac Club de Mer was a reason manufactured, exploratory vehicle that was worked by Pontiac for the General Motors Motorama in 1956 to observe General Motors’ duty to cutting edge design. The brainchild of GM engineer-designer, Harley Earl (Paul Gillian was likewise included being the Pontiac Studio head at the time), the “de Mer” was a two-entryway sport Roadster that consolidated imaginative leap forward styling like a smooth, low-profile body encasing a huge powerplant, a design pattern utilized widely in LSR (land speed record) preliminaries at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah during the 1950s. One Club de Mer model was built and revealed, alongside another ¼-scale model, in Miami, Florida. According to GM’s “slaughter order”,it was apparently rejected in 1958.
Just the model exists today, which was claimed by Joseph Bortz of Highland Park, IL. until it was offered to noted vehicle gatherer Ron Pratt at the 2007 Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction for $75,000. A running copy dependent on a 1959 Pontiac undercarriage was additionally worked by Marty Martino. Taking three years to finish, it sold for $110,000 at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Arizona.