Thursday, November 22, 2018

2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe - A Future Collectible

In the 1980s Pontiac used the advertising slogan "We Build Excitement!"

OK, by the 1980s Pontiac's real excitement days were in the rear-view mirror. (But that applied to most car manufacturers in the 1980s. It was not a good decade for performance cars.) Pontiac still had the Firebird and the last Fiero was a pretty good car, but that was about it for anything close to excitement. Still, it was a good slogan.

By 1990 Pontiac has stopped using the slogan. They also stopped making exciting cars. (Yes, if you knew what to do, you could order a fairly exciting Firebird, but the showrooms were loaded with bland V6 Firebirds.)

But then the 2000s rolled around and suddenly, slowly, Pontiac started selling some exciting cars. The GTO came back. The G8 GXP was as good as - or better than - any sports sedan offered by any manufacturer. (Both the GTO and the G8 were built by Holden in Australia, which until recently was GM's most exciting brand.) And they produced this, the Solstice. Things were looking exciting again. Then, in its infinite lack of wisdom, GM killed Pontiac.

Introduced in convertible form only in 2005 as a 2006 car, the Solstice shared its platform with the Saturn Sky and the Opel GT. It was powered by a 177 hp, 2.4 liter 4 cylinder engine. While no rocket, it managed to get to 60 MPH in around 7 seconds.

In 2007 Pontiac added some excitement when they introduced the Solstice GXP. This had a 2.0 Liter, 4 cylinder, turbocharged Ecotec engine. It made 260 hp and moved the Solstice to 60 in 5.5 seconds. GM even offered a Turbo Upgrade Kit for the car which brought the horsepower up to 290 hp. Excitement, indeed.

In 2009 Pontiac created the Solstice Coupe. It came with a removable targa top, which was too big to be stored in the car. If you left home and it started to rain, Pontiac included a soft top - which did fit in the car - to keep the rain out.

Only 1238 coupes were built before GM pulled the plug on Pontiac. Of those, 648 were GXP models.

This car looks to be in great shape. IT has the turbo upgrade kit. The seller claims it has just 9000 miles on it. .

I don't claim to have any knowledge about collectible cars and their future value. I don't believe in buying cars as investments. However, if I was to make an educated guess, I would say the the Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe will be worth some real money in the future. If this is a car that you always wanted to own, I would suggest you look at this one - or one similar - before they become stupidly expensive.

Located in Kokomo, Indiana, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

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