When you think of small, lightweight two-door sports cars, you probably think of Britain or Japan, and for good reason. Britain helped popularize the sports car with models like the MGB and Triumph Spitfire, while Japan helped usher the body style into the modern era with affordable and reliable offerings like the Mazda Miata.
General Motors was a bit of an unlikely candidate to enter the small sports car segment when it debuted the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky in the early 2000s. Unlike Britain and Japan, Detroit wasn’t really known for producing small sports cars, but despite this, the Solstice and Sky were fairly well built, fun-to-drive offerings in their day.
The Solstice and Sky never really amassed the enthusiast base that British or Japanese sports cars did, though. As such, it seems the two have almost been forgotten by GM enthusiasts – but that could make a Solstice or a Sky a sound investment for the future.
We recently stumbled across a rather rare 2008 Pontiac Solstice GXP SCCA T2 Champion Edition for sale by Gateway Classic Cars. The Solstice is already uncommon, but this is one of the even less common SCCA T2 Champion Edition models, which were built to celebrate Pontiac winning the SCCA T2 class in 2007. Limited to just 88 units, the Solstice GXP SCCA T2 cars featured a yellow exterior, silver hood stripes, unique SCCA ‘T2’ graphics and a special two-tone interior.
Unfortunately, this Solstice GXP probably isn’t the bargain you were expecting it to be. These little-known two-doors have held their value relatively well, with Gateway Classic Cars asking $29,500 for this particular example. This car only has 32,000 miles on the odometer, mind you, but $30k is still quite a bit of money. If you think that’s too much for a tiny four-cylinder sports car, then it should be pretty easy to see why it was hard for GM to move these cars even when they were brand new.
Check out the listing for this 2008 Pontiac Solstice GXP SCCA T2 Champion Edition at this link for some additional information on the car and some more photos, too.