- Extremely Rare “1 of 8” Option Combination
- Just 3,400 Seller-Stated Miles from New
- Virtually As-New Condition
- Seller’s Grandfather was the First Pontiac Dealer
- Removable Hardtop & Great Colors
- Turbocharged 260hp 2.0L Ecotec DOHC 4-Cylinder Engine
- Rare 5-Speed Manual Transmission
GM’s Pontiac division was on the move again by the mid to late-2000s with a strong product portfolio including such exciting performance-oriented models as the GTO, G8, and Solstice Convertible. Built and marketed alongside Saturn’s Sky, the Solstice arrived for 2006 as a fast, fun, and very well-equipped sports car with 2.4L GM Ecotec power. Design was led by Franz von Holzhausen, who went on to become director of design for Mazda North America and then Tesla. The Solstice GXP took the concept even further, with a turbocharged version of the DOHC Ecotec mill delivering 260 horsepower in such a small package. Performance is fabulous, but these cars sadly arrived just in time for the 2008-2010 banking crisis that so felled Pontiac by 2010. The GXP and manual transmission cars were rare when new and remain so today, and the coupe variant brought a removable hardtop for all-weather enjoyment, but it’s little known, even among Solstice fans today.
Featuring outstanding colors and a desirable and rare 5-speed manual transmission, this late-production 2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP is rarer still with its factory hardtop, and the seller advises that this Solstice GXP is 1 of only 8 produced with its awesome combination of factory-available options. It’s virtually as-new with only 3,400 miles of use, and it marks a very interesting find in today’s market with the seller’s connection to Pontiac – their grandfather was the very first Pontiac dealer in 1926! Powered by a 260hp, factory-turbocharged, 2.4L Ecotec DOHC 4-cylinder engine matched to a manual transmission, this 2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe is a standout on all levels.
Bold, unique, and great-performing, the ‘09-‘10 Solstice GXP remains an excellent, yet unsung, sports car from the last years of GM’s renowned performance division – Pontiac. The very existence of models like it showed that Pontiac may have been down as a result of muddled GM product planning in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but the marque was far from out, until the bitter end in 2010, which was more the result of unprecedented economic factors. The Solstice GXP carries higher values for the final 2010 models, according to Hagerty’s price guide, but the 2009 Solstice GXP Coupe is valued from $37,100 for an excellent #2 car, and $44,900 for an as-new #1 specimen. With its extremely rare option combination and interesting familial connection to Pontiac’s first dealer, our subject car splits the difference between Hagerty’s top two valuation categories, and in our opinion, it’ll be well-bought.