We know there are plenty of people who miss the Pontiac brand, but like Oldsmobile, Saturn, Hummer and others, it’s never coming back. That means we must rely on the cars Pontiac offered during its existence to continue telling its story.
An exciting chapter of that story is heading to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach: the very first series production Pontiac G8, which was based on the Holden VE Commodore, will be offered at the Palm Beach auction, sporting vehicle identification number 001.
Following its birth at the GM Holden Elizabeth plant, this 2008 G8 was purchased by a staff member of High Performance Pontiac magazine, who was working with Pedders Suspension for national promotion of the sport sedan. The entire car remains stock, save for the suspension that was installed as part of the promotional efforts for Pedders.
Following its time with High Performance Pontiac, the G8 ended up as a part of Burt Reynolds‘ collection, which Reynolds later branded with a prototype “Bandit” insignia. As of present, the G8 still wears its original tires and has just 804 miles on the odometer. The original window sticker for the car is included in the sale and also bears Reynolds’ signature.
From what we can tell from the sole photo provided, the car appears to be a base G8 sedan with the 3.6-liter V6 engine, identified by its multi-spoke wheels and body-color door handles. By comparison, G8 GTs received a chunkier alloy wheel design and chrome-trimmed door handles.
Still, this remains a significant piece of Pontiac history: the last Pontiac sport sedan before the brand was discontinued. Look for the G8 to cross the block on April 17th, 2017.