Prototype GMC Typhoon Heads to Auction in Indy

Autoweek plainly stated that when the GMC Typhoon came out, there was nothing else on the road like it. In the early ‘90s, a performance SUV made about as much sense as a belt with turn signals. And yet, as sometimes happens, they were actually just ahead of the curb.

Now’s your shot at buying a prototype of the photo-performance SUV at Mecum’s Indianapolis auction in May. The fourth prototype built by PAS Inc, who won the contract to built these weirdos.

With a 4.3-liter V6 turbo that made 280 hp and 360 lb-ft of torque, the Typhoon hit 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds in Car and Driver testing. That’s still fast today, and in 1991 it was almost identical to the Ferrari Testarossa’s 0-60 time.

Fewer than 5,000 were produced, so it’s not like it needs to be rarer. Typhoons were also owned by Clint Eastwood, John F Kennedy Jr, and maybe even Bob Seger, so you’d be in good company if you picked this one up. Except better, because this one is specialler.

That extra specialness, though, does mean that this car comes with a rebuilt salvage title since it wasn’t really a production car. You also have to deal with dyno pipes, instead of the regular exhaust.

But you also get new tires, a new headliner, and fresh fluids, apparently.

Unfortunately, it’s going up for auction so we don’t really know how much it will go for and there’s no estimate. We don’t, though, predict that it will be cheap.

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