• Jan 21st 2011 at 10:55PM
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First and last 2010 Pontiac Solstice at Barrett-Jackson 2011 – Click above for high-res image gallery

A great cry of weeping and teeth-gnashing could be heard around the globe after General Motors decided to put an end to the Pontiac brand a few years back. Of course, that also means the last several machines to roll down the line could potentially become collectors items.

Does that include the 2010 Pontiac Solstice Coupe or Convertible? That's tough to say, but something of a precedent could indeed be set tonight at Barrett-Jackson as the very first and very last 2010 Solstices are going up on the auction block, sold as a pair.

First up is #1 of 12 Solstice GXP Coupes built in 2010, in Kinetic blue with an interior in black leather with matching blue accents. It's also the only Heritage Coupe built with a manual transmission. Up next is the very last 2010 Solstice built (of 20 total), a Kinetic Blue Convertible.

Check out both the Coupe and Convertible models' official auction pages on Barrett-Jackson, and watch Speed's live online coverage here.

*Update: Check out a video of the auction after the break.



Photos copyright ©2011 Jeff Glucker/AOL



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      • 4 Years Ago
      That coupe should be worth quite a bit of money one day.

      I have a feeling, just as they did with the Camaro, GM is going to regret someday in the future, their absolutely stunningly thoughtless murder of the Pontiac brand.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Boxer

        You need money to make money. You cant just make new cars that sell well by saying so. It takes a large investment which Ford and GM could not afford.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As much as I would have loved to see Pontiac turn it around, there was just no way it was going to happen. It's a money issue. Developing cars is incredibly expensive. If GM had made an investment in Pontiac to bring an awesome all RWD lineup to market, we probably wouldn't be getting badly needed cars like the new Malibu, Impala and ATS until 2018! GM just had more models than it could afford without letting them sit for a decade with no update, ala the impala.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It was over 35 years ago.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Pontiac didn't need to be starved of fresh product to the point of death. Neither did Mercury.

        There was a lot of potential there that has been needlessly wiped away.

        Just because they weren't utilized well, doesn't mean they couldn't have been reformed and renovated.

        Foolish and senseless waste of market capital and opportunity.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Getting rid of Saturn and Pontiac and keeping Buick and GMC. Undoubtedly one of, if not the worst decision that GM ever made. All of the cars I have ever owned have been GMs and after this decision, I refuse to buy another GM product again. Thanks a lot, GM management, you turned a loyal GM, mainly Saturn, customer into a loyal Hyundai fan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good riddance Ponticrap. The only thing better would be if GM as an entity disappeared all together. Oh, and take Found On Road Dead with you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        funny that your Found On Road Dead cars actually kept on rolling. The only US car company that didn't require the bailout was Ford.

        Just sayin'...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Who peed on your corn flakes today? Maybe you can jump whatever cutting edge chariot you drive and follow Pontiac into the abyss, just to make sure they're really gone.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Keep up the good work! You're almost filling that ranking ratio bar!
      • 4 Years Ago
      They originally had wanted to keep Pontiac as a niche brand along with the four core brands.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pontiac started to die in 1979 with the loss of the 400 V8. After that Pontiac just became a Chevy with better styling and a red dash.

      Only when they did cars like the Fiero, 20TH Ann Tubo TA V6, GTO, Solstice and G8 did they really stand out from Chevy in a mechanical way.

      Pontiac had been reduced from a car that stood out from Chevy in many ways to just a styling exercise.

      I still own two Pontiac's but I have to say while they were not bad cars they were no where as good as they should have been. Many today bought GP's and G6's because they were discounted so much. That is not the way to sell cars.

      Pontiac needed to take the corp GM Chevy engine in the TA and at least find 15 more HP and dress it in Pontiac trim. Give people a real reason to pay more. Even in the Fiero it got a better V6 than Chevy offerd and it was trimed out.

      The sad fact is there are going to be even less makes in the future. There is a lot of competition from overseas and it is only going to get toughter. IF GM could not run Pontiac properly when they had a better hold of the market how were they going to firx them and Chevy when they don't.

      The bottom line is everyone got up set in the last year or two but few got up set when they strated laying crap cars on us like the J series cars, G3, Aztek, T1000 and the host of minivans and cross overs that really had no place at Pontiac.

      Pontiac was a dead when they killed the TA. How can you run a performance division with out Performance? While the GTO was not the best option with the old styling it was Pontiacs only option to bring in RWD performance with little to no money and time.

      Times were a lot wose in that time period than they really understand. Lutz was one of the few who really understood Pontiac but he was 10 years too late to save them.

      To me I am a die hard Pontiac fan and have been for years. Many today have no real clue to what a Pontiac really was back in the 50's-60's and 70's and really knew what all made them special.

      But at the end they really only had two cars thanks to Lutz that were real Pontiacs and not just another restlyed Chevy.

      In a way putting Pontiac down was like putting a very sick dog down. To fix them would have take a lot of money and time GM just does not have. If they do not make Chevy a leader again they all will go down.

      With Pontiac going so quiet there could be a time that the name could come back in a limited way like HRV at Holden. The G8 in a new form will be here soon as a Chevy and special editions shared with HSV could lead to limited runs if they choose to do so. I would not hold my breath but at some point that could be an option.

      For those who only knew Pontiac in the 80's and 90's you need to take a look at the past. See what all Pontiac did to make cars like the A body and F body different from Chevys. Learn that is was not just ribbed side clading and a red dash light that set them appart.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Personally, I thought this was a great looking roadster. Sure, Pontiac only had a couple of other models of note with the G series. Funny that they hung on to the Buick brand, which up until recently didn't have any models that stood out in my mind.

      Really though, things have never been quite the same in GM brand distinction, since the 1970s when one label of GM engine was appearing in another badged body. The cars claimed to have "A GM engine from a GM plant".
      bdw327
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well this is a scam because I was on the the line (worked on final assembly and the wilmington plant) and we all signed the underside of the hood and behind the door pads of the last car that came off the line and it was SILVER
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just goes to show that one, some people on here have no clue about cars (esp ones they've never driven) and two GM sucks...still. We race a Solstice GXP in SCCA T2, and they had to put 300+ lbs of penalty weight plus a 36mm restrictor on it so the 350Z boys could keep up. We also own one as a toy. Its a fun drive. It may not be as sharp as a Miata but it can be more fun than my 09 Mazdaspeed3. But a 260hp turbo isnt anything to scoff at. GM killed Olds and Pontiac way to soon and kept Buick (only because they sell well in China) and turned Saturns into Buicks after they stole them from Opel/Vauxhall even AFTER they tried to scrap them during their Bankruptcy.... Go to hell GM.
      Mike Mettert
      • 1 Year Ago
      Reply to bdw327...there were 30 2010s built. 20 Pontiacs and the other 10 were Saturn's and Opel's. Vin 30 was blue. As was Vin 1. I'm the sales manager at Sanderson Auto Sales (we sold these cars) and I can assure you, whatever silver car you signed wasn't Vin 30. (We owned 6 of the last 20 Pontiac Solstice's.)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm ok with the Solstice but I still think the Saturn Sky was the better looking of the two roadsters. Unfortunately we won't be seeing either again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I grew up a car enthusiast, mainly a GM fan. The announcement to kill Pontiac largely destroyed my interest in keeping up with the company. They orphaned a lot of loyalists that they'll never get back. They had no product plan at the remaining brands to keep Pontiac buyers in the fold. Where's the Regal or Verano coupe? A Malibu or Cruze coupe? A RWD sport sedan to replace the late, great G8? A Kappa Stingray or Nomad? They have HUGE holes in their lineup that have yet to be filled, and a lot of people are tired of waiting. Honda unveiled the new 2012 Civic in sedan AND coupe simultaneously... yet all we hear from GM is a faint whisper regarding additional Cruze bodystyles. LAME.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Pontiac lost it's mojo when they lost sight of the brands original mission. In your early twenties you bought Chevy's, late twenties you stepped up to fun performance and bought Pontiacs, in your late thirties you turned more refinement and entry luxury and bought Oldsmobiles, late forties you stepped up the luxury and bought Buicks, and in your late fifties and beyond, Cadillac.
        Pontiac always offered a performance version, but not in the majority of their lineup. Matrix? Vibe? LeMans? G6? While the G6 was a fairly reliable vanilla car, the fit and finish was discraceful and had no business in the Pontiac lineup. The coffin nail began with the Korean made LeMans. That name stood for something just like the Nova namesake. The Holden GTO is a fantastic,well built performance car, but to the true Pontiac loyalists, not a true replacement for the iconic GTO of former glory. How many of us remember the outrage Mustang enthusiasts exressed years ago when Ford announced they were considering building the Mustang overseas? Then came the G8. A car that could breath life into an induced commatose brand. Introduced into the showrooms at the precise moment the economy dives into the abyss. Maybe naming it Bonneville would have made a difference. We'll never know.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Precisely OCNBLU - to me GM now has nothing to offer in terms of excitment, nothing that makes me want to "stay tuned" into their new products

        Nothing but the dime-a-dozen Camaro (which is a good vehicle, just not my taste) or the 'Vette...are you kidding me GM - you offer ONE RWD performance vehicle that the common man can afford?? And yeah, Pontiac got axed right when there was real potential for a turn around (I sold my 05 GTO and replaced it w/a G8 GXP)

        I LOVED the Holden products even if they weren't 'true' Pontiacs - because at least they represented what Pontiac should've been (RWD performance, big power, exclusive to the Pontiac lineup).

        I too have given up my GM loyalty since Pontiac died. When my GMC lease is up in May I WILL be visiting A Ford dealer (Just 3 years ago I NEVER thought I'd say those words)...

        But GM lost this 31 yr old, multiple-car owner, when Pontiac went away...FOR SHAME GM!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      As I recall, the Solstice wasn't a great car to begin with. Cute yes, but reliable, no. It kind of reminded me of a toy that needed a windup key. Truly a sad way for Pontiac to close out it's days, but not as sad as the day they passed off a Holden as the G-8.
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