The Pontiac Solstice GXP is one of the last big cars the American automaker built before folding. Now one of those low mileage cars is for sale for less than the new price Chevrolet Camaro. And this one has an ultra-rare Nomad-style hardtop for added convenience.
Mention on eBay and on dealer ThrottleStop’s own website, the Solstice GXP in question has an asking price of just $22,900. That’s a few thousand cheaper than a new one Camaro (which also has a four-cylinder engine) but the Chevy isn’t nearly as rare. Just over 13,000 Solstice GXP convertibles were produced by Pontiac, and according to ThrottleStop, only 40 have this shooting brake-eque conversion that mimics the look of Chevy’s 2004 Nomad Concept.
On top of its rarity, this Solstice has a lot to offer. Under the hood is a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is factory-tuned to 260 hp (193 kW). That’s much more than the standard Solstice which only developed 177 hp (132 kW). Those ponies are fed to the rear wheels only through a five-speed manual transmission.
When it hit the spot, it had a record for the most horsepower per cubic inch in any engine GM had developed. This car also has a clean Mean Yellow exterior paint and 18-inch polished aluminum five-spoke wheels on each corner. The interior features black leather upholstery and desirable options such as the Convenience package and the Preferred Equipment package.
From what we found, the kit on this car was produced by a German company called EDAG. The listing says the car includes the soft top convertible and tonneau with hardware. Whether that includes the tailgate, we’re not sure. But it sounds like this Solstice could easily be brought back to top status without too much effort.
In the end, it’s not so special that we would call it a fully-fledged collector’s item but adding this little sports car to your garage would definitely add some flair. For now, it’s located in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, but from the photos, it doesn’t appear to have any signs of life up north. Hopefully the next owner will continue that good track record.