Clearly Pontiac’s eminent demise will put a damper on sales in the division’s final months of existence. This is even more unfortunate in light of the performance brands return in recent memory to, well….performance. Still, for a certain segment of consumers, buying a Pontiac now might be the perfect time.
That statement should be prefaced by saying that whether you are thinking of buying a G8 and storing it in a garage, or racking up a million miles on a G3 and driving it into the ground, running out to get a Pontiac is only prudent if you plan on keeping it for awhile. Like any new car, and especially one from a soon to be extinct brand, depreciation of new Pontiac’s is sure to be harsh. However, other factors that may scare away some buyers, such as part availability, will not be an issue. Nearly the entire lineup is represented elsewhere in the Global GM network of companies including, Saturn, Chevrolet and Opel. The exception may be unique interior trim pieces that might be slightly different from each other. Similarly, ease in getting a Pontiac serviced will remain as plentiful in the future as it is now.
Will a pristine G8 GXP will be worth twice it’s value 15 years from now? Probably not. Even what looks to be an extremely small production number vehicle like this years Solstice Coupe GXP (less than 800 units) will not become collectible for quite some time, if ever. But what these cars fail to net their owners in terms of monetary investment in the future, will more than pay back in driving pleasure and affordability in the present. Even before Pontiac got the ax, both the Solstice GXP and G8 GXP were regularly praised for their unparalleled performance value. Who knows. Maybe like the AMC AMX or Javelin, these cars may have their own cultish fans someday.