• Apr 30, 2009
2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe - Click above for a high-res image gallery

Like so many former GTO or Trans Am owners out there, will there be a day when you look back at the 2008 Pontiac G8 or Solstice as "the one that got away?" Probably not, according to Rob Hunting, General Manager at AutoTrader Classic. Despite the fact that the G8 GT is an excellent performance car, it's not really all that rare. Same goes for the Solstice. Furthermore, neither nameplate carries a significant amount of cachet – incidentally, that's something that was completely lost when GM inexplicably dropped classic names like Bonneville, Grand Prix and Grand Am.

We're not going to disagree with that assessment, but it may not be the whole story. If sales figures alone can predict a future classic, perhaps we should rush out and put a new Solstice Coupe GXP in our driveway. We spoke with Pontiac's media relations manager, Jim Hopson today, and he informed us that "well under 5,000" 2009 G8 GXPs are expected to roll down the assembly line before it's all said and done. Even more rare will be the 2009 Solstice Coupe. Somewhere between 750 and 800 total Solstice Coupes will be built this year (interestingly, all with sequential VIN numbers), and about three-quarters of those will be optioned with the high-performance GXP trim.

We're not making any recommendations here, but if any current Pontiac vehicle is ever likely to become collectible in the future, we'd put our money on the 2009 Solstice GXP Coupe, followed closely by the 2009 G8 GXP. Care to make any predictions of your own? Take our quick poll below and drop your fellow commenters a line.




[Source: USA Today, Pontiac]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Bonneville and Grand Prix are not really good names for cars, unless they're going to compete in those events.

      Grand Am, on the other hand, is a great name, because it describes exactly the market it's aimed at. And along with it, Pontiac Midlife Crisis, Pontiac Boy Racer, Pontiac Divorcee...

      G8 is a summit meeting. Solstice is the only name that actually worked, and a brand cannot survive on one model. Besides, everyone knew it was just a tarted up Saturn.

      Irrelevance. Glad to see it go.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why even bother?

      If they are going to can the brand, why would they build another Pontiac Car at all?

      Let alone the Solstice GXP Coupe. How scarce will replacement parts for the unique pieces of that car?

      the G8 GXP is less of an issue, because it is basically an HSV vehicle, with a Pontiac bumper cover on it.

      But still, from a practical standpoint, the brand is done. Why not shut off? They have more inventory than they can sell, they will probably be shutting down plants for weeks over the summer. Why continue to build a dead product, that will require warranty and parts support?

      I didn't want to see them dead, but now that the decision is made, make it a clean break, for pete's sake.
        • 5 Years Ago
        GM is closing dealerships, and laying people off...

        What do a few Solstice coupe deposits stack up to in comparison?

        If they build those cars, will they be obligated to support the coupe's unique parts for 10 years, and warranty them for the full term? They are spending MY TAX MONEY on that right now.

        Sorry, but if they cut the brand, they cut the brand. STOP. I don't think they should have cut the brand. But they did it to cut costs. SO CUT THE COSTS. Give people their deposits back, and say, Sorry. No more pontiacs. No more pontiac.

        This riding the fence and spending tax dollars to do it is no kind of plan. If Pontiac is dead, than as of the date of the announcement, when everyone who has invested in their livelyhood with Pontiac dealerships, or faces losing their jobs, or whatever... lose the prospects that they had previously, then corporate activity on forward motion for that brand stops, and the process of closing the doors is all that is left. Not accruing more warranty liability by manufacturing more pontiacs after the decision, or spending more money on forward motion, which continues to burn through taxpayer dollars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because they already had loyal fans who ordered solstice coupes and are waiting for them. I've got a lot of respect for them to actually build and fulfill those orders. Meanwhile Chrysler has shut the Challenger plants down multiple times even though they have people who've been waiting on orders for almost a year.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I am not a fan of Pontiac, but Sky's do look great. Why would anyone bother with them? Because both are gourgeous and are relatively affordable and in about a year both will be very very limited. So at the very least you will have an ecotic car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Thanks for tip, DerekD"?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Only collectible to people still holding on to the Chevy Vega Cosworth Twin-cam and Buick GNX.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The G8, maybe. While it's a good car, it never took the US by storm. So I think it'll be about as collectible as the recent iteration of the GTO. Which is to say, not too much. Now the Solstice, that'll be as collectible as the Fiero.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope that GM keeps the shining stars from Saturn/Pontiac. The G8 would be an awesome Impala, the G8 GXP would have no trouble being an Impala SS. The current Impala SS with the 5+L 303hp FWD is an insult to the name. The Solstice/Sky (Personally, I like the Sky better) would still be a great Miata fighter (go from base bare bones for the racing set and a decked out one for the ones that prefer more of a GT). GM has ADD, they have great concepts, bring them half baked and give up because no one buys them. Successful car companies go back to the drawing board and refine the ideas. They are great now, because they have been at it for a long time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the G8 GT, that could happen but remember what happened last time with Pontiac's last small car? the Fiero the Solstice wont make it, Sorry Derek D
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Solstice is a poorly assembled and designed car made out of cheap materials. I doubt it will age very well. I don't see it becoming a huge collectable but given a choice I would go for the Sky. Heck Saturn may even live on in some capacity. If the brand was to do well as an independent it could raise interest in it's early vehicles. Pontiac on the other hand is going to disappear and quickly join the ranks of Oldsmobile in the who cares ranks. There were people in the dying days of Oldsmobile that thought their cars would become instant collectibles. Instead they became cars nobody wants to buy. Maybe 50 years from now someone will care but most likely not. These makes are going away because nobody cares. A top trim Camaro, Challenger or Mustang would be a better choice for the garage. Collectors generally want to buy the muscle car they couldn't afford when they were younger.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not wasting my time with the poll since the answer is obvious, except for those who own one of these 2 cars and are now in fantasy land. Oh, and that guy who likes Pontiacs. You know, the 35 year old guy living with his mom down the street and has his Aztec up on blocks. I am sure it will have its niche, like a used Miata, but you don't make a collectors item by warning people of its cancellation 1 and a half years in advance.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the looks of the coupe. It looks less like a "girly car" than the cabrio version. I bet it will have a small following of fans.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Look at the cars that are collectors items today.

      Mustangs because they have over 45 years of uniterrupted history behind them.

      Corvettes because of great performance and a great, long history.

      The Mopar Hemis because many were limited porduction and quite unique.

      Thats just a very, very short list but one thing those cars have as all collectible cars have is they made an impact. Either they've made an impact in the market in sales or in styling; or for being very limited in production and neither the G8 or Solsitce acheived that. If I want a G8 I can have my choice right off the dealer lot, same for the Solstice and I can get it for less than sticker in most cases.

      That doesn't sound like a collectible to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very few 2 door sports cars make an impact, this ain't one of them. Neither rare, nor any impact except it was a cool looking car and it was a Pontiac. It's already looking tired to me and the Sky is much better looking.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So, let me get this straight.

        One year of limited production doesn't make it rare?
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