The automotive press acted like it was the Second Coming when the Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice twins were released into the world for the 2006 model year. Automotive “journalists” raved about how great it was to finally have an affordable American sports car with a turbocharger and a manual transmission…and that it was going to bring about the American automotive Renaissance…but they got it totally wrong and the ensuing automotive apocalypse of 2008 pushed Saturn and Pontiac into an early grave….and for whatever reason the Skystice is dirt cheap, even in Redline or GXP trim. Find this 2007 Saturn Sky Redline offered for $4,995 at a small used car dealer in Long Island, NY via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
In 2008 Pontiac released a special version that Pontiac called the T2 Championship Edition to commemorate their 2007 podium sweep in the T2 class in SCCA club racing. Total production of the T2 GXP is under 100 cars (some say 88, others 90), but it was only available for 2008, all were yellow with light grey stripping on hood and on trunk, T2 stripe/badge on sides of hood, and had T2 SCCA Champion stitching on the two-tone seats to replace the standard GXP script. If you are one of those straw hat wearing SCCA cone chasers, this is the car for you! Find this 2008 Pontiac Solstice GXP T2 SCCA Edition offered for $12,995 in Dallas, TX via craigslist. Tip from Brad.
Picture this; you are stuck at home under stay-at-home orders and you need something to occupy your time since your internet connection is dead. What you need is an engine and a vehicle that needs an engine. Then you just need a few wrenches, some zip ties, a welder, and some fresh 5w30 oil. The […]
The Skystice (Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky) was Detroit’s answer to light weight sports cars like the million models sold Mazda MX-5 Miata. Typical GM feature bloat meant the Solstice/Sky wasn’t as lean a fighting machine as the MX-5, but the podium in SCCA club racing in T2 class for 2007, 2008, & 2009 gives […]
The Skystice (Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky) was Detroit’s answer to the super successful Mazda MX-5 Miata. Typical GM feature bloat meant the Solstice/Sky wasn’t as lean a fighting machine as the MX-5, but the podium in SCCA club racing in T2 class for 2007, 2008, & 2009 gives it a certain degree of street […]
In 1970 GM’s General Manager John Z. DeLorean directed his engineering staff the develop a high performance 4-cylinder engine for the compact Vega chassis. Within a few years a combination of GM’s alloy block and a Cosworth Engineering designed head was mounted into a Chevy Vega that cost nearly as much as new Corvette. The Cosworth Vega was hand built on a special assembly line in a limited run of 4000 machines (the original plan was 4000, but , but today’s example is missing the one piece that made the car special…does it still make the cut? Find this 1976 Cosworth Vega offered for $11,000 in Graham, NC via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
There is an old expression about bringing a knife to a gun fight, but I think this next car is closer to the concept of bringing a hammer to a knife fight. Just don’t get bent outta shape if you smash a few fingers with this next beast. Find this 2007 Pontiac Solstice Mallet LS2 V8 […]
The Pontiac Solstice (aka Saturn Sky) was a Mazda MX-5 competitor from General Motors that arrived in the Pontiac and Saturn showrooms a few years late, and just in time for the 2008 carpocalypse. The Solstice that you really want to get is the turbocharged GXP version (in coupe if possible), but if you are […]
If you’ve got $20k to spend on a late model roadster for driving enjoyment, you could start looking at a new MX-5 (hey, what happened to all the MX-5 competitors — MR2, Skystice, S2000?)…but you’ll run out of budget because they start around $25k before options/taxes/etc…so you are going to need to get something a […]
When GM first announced the Pontiac Solstice concept car in 2002, everybody rejoiced. Here was a fun, rear-drive, light weight, sportster, from GM. When it was released for the 2006 model year the reception was less than enthusiastic because it had porked up a bit since the concept, and was given a typically GM 4X4 […]