As GM Authority reported way back in October 2022, the last Pontiac ever manufactured – a 2010 G6 – was crashed and totaled on September 1st, 2015. At least, that’s what we thought. Now, a video posted online has shed new light on the fate of the final Pontiac ever, which turns out to be a different vehicle than the one originally reported on.
As covered by Autopian, a different white 2010 Pontiac G6 might actually be the final Pontiac, and it’s still in excellent shape. Boasting VIN 1G2ZA5EB5A4166963, which thus far is the latest-known example G6 produced, this sedan features the signatures of the workers who assembled it in the trunk. Located at the Pontiac Transportation Museum in Michigan, this G6 represents a much better ending to the iconic Pontiac brand as compared to the crashed example.
This is how the story goes. Tim Dye, the Executive Director at the Pontiac Transportation Museum, wanted to know if the last-ever Pontiac model really had been crashed. He reached out to a friend that used to run a Pontiac dealer, who happened to have pieces of data regarding the bits of information on the last Pontiac, including a VIN that ended in 963. Up to that point, the latest VIN ended in 962, meaning that there was another G6 out there somewhere.
After running a Carfax on the VIN, Dye found that the vehicle had been used as a rental for a little less than a year, when it was then listed for sale. An elderly woman eventually decided to purchase the G6 as a daily driver, and made sure its maintenance was kept up, not knowing of the significance of the vehicle. After tracking down the G6 and a few months of begging the owner, Dye was then able to secure the vehicle for the museum.
Speaking of the sunsetting of the Pontiac nameplate, here’s the rundown on the GM brand’s history. Slotting between Chevy and Oldsmobile, Pontiac was actually the one that kickstarted the muscle car era with its 1964 GTO, and made a conceited effort to keep the pony car segment alive during the malaise with the Firebird Trans Am models.
As time went on, Pontiac begun struggling and posting poor sales figures as General Motors’ continued to dilute the brand’s portfolio with dull, badge-engineered into the turn of the 20th century. Then, starting around the mid-2000s, models like the 2004 GTO and 2009 G8 GXP began to change the public’s perception of the Pontiac name. In fact, it was later revealed after the brand’s discontinuation that General Motors’ was planning to make Pontiac its performance brand.
Unfortunately, GM’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009 and subsequent government bailout forced the Detroit-based automaker to axe the brand entirely. The feds wanted GM to remove brands from its lineup and only keep the necessary ones. To this end, Cadillac was kept as the luxury division, Chevy was kept as the volume division, Buick was kept for interests in international markets (China), and GMC was kept because it was profitable. This left Pontiac, along with Hummer, Saab and Saturn, as the unfortunate brands to receive a subpar discontinuation.
With all this in mind, it does one well to know that the last-ever vehicle produced by the iconic Pontiac brand is alive and well, and will likely continue to be so for the foreseeable future.