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2009 Pontiac Solstice

Coupe
Mecum Houston 2020
Thursday, 3 December - Saturday, 5 December 2020
$12,000
Not sold at a high bid of
Yes
Reserve
177
Lot Number
#3+
Original
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. 1G2MB25B49Y000040. Victory Red over black cloth. 145-cid, 172hp four, 5-speed manual, limited slip.

Evaluation: Represented with 47,000 miles. A rare coupe with the 5-speed manual, although it’s a base model, not a GXP. Paint condition matches the age and miles, with chips on the nose and hood as well as a few chips in the headlight lenses. Noticeable detail scratching in the paint as well. Long scuff on the tail that might buff out. Very good interior showing no wear to speak of. Used but rare.

Bottom Line: The Solstice, Pontiac’s Miata-fighting two-seater, is one of those rare exceptions to the old rule that “when the top goes down, the price goes up.” Pontiac built the Solstice coupe for a shorter time and in smaller numbers than the convertible before the whole brand got axed by a bankrupt GM in 2009. A decade later, that rarity is reflected in the marketplace. On the high-performance GXP cars, the price difference is huge, but even among base cars a coupe will sell for several thousand dollars more than a comparable convertible. Even so, the reported high bid here isn’t far off what this one should sell for. It was a $13,500 no-sale at Mecum Dallas 2017, and Solstice prices are about what they were then.

by Andrew Newton
17 December 2020
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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