As the last new model to bear the Pontiac name, the Solstice Coupe is a genuine artefact. A mere 1,152 regular production models emerged from General Motors’ now-defunct factory in Wilmington, Delaware, before the axe fell – on the factory, on the sports cars produced there (the Solstice and the Saturn Sky roadster) and, in 2010, on the Saturn and Pontiac brands themselves. And yet, even in turbocharged, 260hp GXP form, the targa-roof Solstice Coupe’s rarity has yet to register with collectors, and values are a mere blip above the Solstice roadster (some 64,000 of which rolled off the line). The removable roof panel weighed a modest 31lbs, but there was no space to stow it on board (not unlike the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport). Fortunately Pontiac offered, as an $1,100 option, a folding toupee top for the car (also not unlike the Veyron Grand Sport).
A used Solstice Coupe in good condition can be found for about $17,000. (Photo: General Motors)