When The Basic determined to get rid of the Oldsmobile brandâ I’m nonetheless satisfied that the principle cause for the execution was the syllable Outdated within the marque’s nameâ the method took practically a half-decade, with nostalgia-drenched “Closing 500” editions of the final Oldsmobile fashions launched with nice solemnity. Even the ho-hum Silhouette minivan obtained a Closing 500 model for its sendoff. When the Pontiac Division’s time got here on the shut of the 2000s, the 84-year-old marque was shoved out the door to stagger to an ignominious demise, unloved and alone in a Michigan drainage ditch. Right here’s one of many final Pontiacs ever constructed, present in a Denver boneyard final month.
The division’s manufacturing story started with the 1926 Pontiac Six, and it ended when the ultimate G6 rolled off the road at Orion Meeting in January of 2010.
At this time’s Junkyard Discover exhibits a construct date of October 2009, which makes it the newest discarded G6 I’ve been capable of find (I discovered a junked July ’09 car, additionally in Lease Me White, final fall). The Vibe was obtainable as a 2010 mannequin, however manufacturing at NUMMI halted when the soon-to-become-Tesla-owned plant started shutting down in August of 2009. Some Daewoo-built G3s remained on vendor heaps properly into 2010, however they had been 2009 fashions stranded by their Aveo-ness. That makes this G6 one of many final handful of Pontiacs ever made.
Like most late-production G6s, this car has the bottom 2.4-liter Ecotec (rated at 164 hp) and a zero-frills interior.
We will really feel pretty sure that it served as a rental car for a few years, then soldiered on as an more and more uncared for low cost commuter for the rest of the 2010s.
Then a fender-bender occurred, and what sane individual pays a physique shop to patch up a barely bent non-truck from a defunct marque in 2020 Colorado? You’ll discover each self-service car graveyard round Denver filled with 10-to-15-year-old Detroit sedans in not-so-rough situation, whereas their truck and sorta-truck-shaped brethren keep on the road.
I nonetheless must shoot a 2011 Mercury and a 2001 Plymouth for this collection, however I’m nonetheless not sure that the ultimate Saturns deserve such an honor. We’ll see.
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The G6 was a Chevy Malibu below the pores and skin, nevertheless it benefited from Pontiac Pleasure.
Have you ever ever began a car from throughout the street? Given your backseat passengers a tan? Or pushed a four-door like a sports activities car?
– Junkyard Discover: 2010 Pontiac G6 –
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