Someone Might Pay Over $85,000 For This Pontiac Solstice GXP

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It only has 192 miles on the clock and you can buy it now for $86,500.

The Pontiac Solstice was rubbish. The general consensus was that it was harsh, noisy, slow, and uninspiring. Pontiac likely rushed it into production to compete with the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Unfortunately, it was easy to tell. The 2.4-liter naturally-aspirated engine was mated to a five-speed gearbox with ratios so obviously spaced for an entirely different car. Pontiac eventually introduced the turbocharged GXP, which at least had the decency to be semi-entertaining. It was considered a faster Miata, though the lightweight Mazda was still more fun to drive. Thanks to little interest because of a high MSRP, a flawed roof, and loads of wind noise, it was killed after just three years.

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Now it seems to be making a comeback as a rare sports car. In 2016 we predicted that the GXP Coupe would become a classic one day. The turbocharged version was much better thanks to the stiffer body, but even that wasn't enough to save it. As a result, few were made.

A 2009 model recently went on sale on eBay. It's a GXP Coupe with a five-speed manual and just 192 miles on the clock. This particular car is finished in Hydro Blue, of which only seven were produced. It's part of a consignment of 1,266 Solstice Coupes made in 2009 before the factory shut its doors. This particular car also had a PPM performance chip installed at the dealer, increasing the power output from 260 hp to around 300 hp.

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The exciting thing about this Solstice is the bidding war currently going on. You could buy it right now on eBay for $86,500, but nobody has been that brave so far. At the time of writing, the bid stood at $27,100, which is around $5,000 less than the asking price when it was new.

Just last year, we reported on a Solstice GXP Coupe for sale. It was an automatic and had 34,000 miles on the clock. The bid went up to $10,000. It seems Solstice prices are set to rise, given how few were made, not to mention how many were lost to engine swaps. We know of a few models running an LS engine and at least one coupe with a 2JZ swap.

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