We’ve seen the future, and a lot of it is rear-drive. But who would’ve expected rear drive to find its way back into small cars? That trend is being encouraged by GM’s chief product dude Bob Lutz and his desire to get a four-cylinder, classic two-seat sports car into the Pontiac lineup. Enter the Solstice, the 2002 concept that becomes a real 2006 model in autumn 2005.
For $20,000, you’ll get the base Solstice engine, a 170-horsepower, 170-pound-feet, 2.4-liter Ecotec I-4 (a 2.2-liter turbo or supercharged four will be available later for around $25K). The production Solstice’s weight is significant, at “under 2900 pounds.” Bob’s baby uses Opel Corsa seat frames, Fiat HVAC controls, GMC Envoy backup lamps, and Grand Prix foglamps, but draws considerable inspiration from several Alfa Romeo roadsters of decades gone by. We think it looks terrific.
The Solstice employs GM’s new Kappa architecture and innovative manufacturing techniques. The platform has hydroformed full-length frame rails with a boxed center tunnel enclosing the driveshaft. So it’s a backbone frame like the Corvette’s, which means none of the chassis flex associated with unibodies decapitated to make convertibles. This layout also allows for great design and production flexibility.
Saturday, 01 February 2014 15:43
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Harry Farley’s 1966 GTO
The GTO was manufactured from 1964 to 1974 where it ended as the flamboyant “Judge” conception.
The name GTO taken from the Ferrari’s GTO (Gran Turismo Omologato) model. Basically meaning qualified to engage in certain types of competitions.
The Pontiac GTO is considered by car devotees to be the first true muscle car. In 1964 Pontiac dropped a big block engine into an intermediate frame and sold it at a budget price. Pontiac circumvented GM’s restriction on this assemblage by making the GTO an option on the Tempest model, thus defining the first muscle car. The GTO forced the other 2 car giants into a rivalry that fueled sales for years.
1966: The GTO becomes it own model and takes on the nickname the Goat. Pontiac motor division sells 96,946 units, the highest one year sales ever for a muscle car.
Clearly the public has taken notice of the new graceful roof line, bucket seats, innovative louvered taillights, and new grill mesh panel inserts. The new instrument surround is genuine wood. Some models were equipped with the 3 carburetor “TRI POWER” option until in GM banned the option in all models except the Corvette.
Some may be aware of and may argue that the most famous and well known 1966 Pontiac GTO was none other than the Monkeemobile. Yes that’s right, that garish unrestrained creation that transported America’s answer to the Beatles, the Monkees.
GM advertising man Jim Wanger saw the wisdom of supplying 8 or 10 new GTO’s to the TV shows producers. In return Pontiac received huge exposure for the 1966 GTO.
The GTO shown at the top of the page belongs to American Pontiac Member Harry Farley, and is currently for sale
contact Harry: Harry@americanpontiacassociation.us
engine: 400 cu in v-8 (6.6 liter)
transmission: Turbo Hydramatic400
Hurst dual gate shifter, providing fully automatic shifting(left position) or street racing manual(right position).
rally 2 wheels
color: reef turquoise
Saturday, 01 February 2014 14:44
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From the moment the hot new mid-engine Fiero hit America’s streets, it became the driving sensation of the year. And the automotive critics agree.
“The Fiero 2M4 is a thrill to look at, a joy to ride in, and a ball to drive.”
-CAR AND DRIVER September 1983
Fiero features fully-independent suspension, rack and pinion steerring and power four-wheel disc brakes, all standard. But Fiero excitement isn’t limited to the way it drives.
“The Fiero has it’s own brand of fresh technology; a space frame machined to tolerances normally reserved for engines and transmissions.”-MOTOR TREND September 1983
The Fiero space frame is “milled and drilled” for precise fit of the Enduraflex body panels, which resist minor dents and will never rust. And what about Fiero’s bottom line?
“We welcome its addition to the ranks of affordable machines for enthusiast drivers”-ROAD AND TRACK September 1983.
Fiero prices start at just $7,999. Even at $8,499(Fiero Sport Coupe), Fiero takes its rightful place among the great cars of the world. The mid-engine Pontiac Fiero, practical, durable, economical and flat-out exciting-only from Pontiac!
73 Grand Am
Saturday, 01 February 2014 14:07
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73 Grand Am
foreign intrigue, Yankee ingenuity.
A lot of what may fascinate you about fine imports has been captured in a truly unique American way. The Wide-Track way of Pontiac.
Grand Am’s credentials are most impressive. A suspension specifically designed for the standard steel-belted radial tires.
A responsive 400 V-8 engine. Power front disc brakes.
Variable-ratio power steering. Real wood interior trim.
Rally instrumentation. Front bucket seats that recline.
Adjustable lower back supports.
A two-door and four door model.
And an incredible front end that squeezes on minor impact, then pops back into shape.
We offer Grand Am as evidence that we still care about building great cars for great car buffs.
And that we always will.
Break Away with Firebird 400
Saturday, 25 January 2014 12:36
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Far be it from us to deal in the sensational, but then that’s what our Firebird 400 is really all about. For the 400 is still another example of the well-known sport of Wide-Tracking. Especially when you look at what we give you to work with. A 400-cubic inch Quadra-jet V-8. A standard 3-speed Turbo-Hydra-matic.
The 400(and all of it’s Firebird cousins) provide richly padded bucket seats, upper level ventilation so you don’t need to vent windows, carpeting and dozens of custom touches throughout. Made you date with a Pontiac dealer yet? He’s got your work cut out for you in the Firebird of your choice. And once you get behind the wheel, you’ll admit it sure is nice work.