2010 Pontiac Solstice Coupe – A Rare Modern Car

A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by Jim Whitmer of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who asked me if I was interested in doing a story about his car – a Pontiac Solstice Coupe.  This was somewhat unusual, as most of the time I have to ask car owners if I can do a story on their car and ask them to send me pictures – not the other way around.  In addition, the coupe version of the Pontiac Solstice is a rare car.  I was intrigued about the car, so I contacted Jim and told him that I was interested in his car.


2010 Pontiac Soltstice Coupe

Jim’s car is a 2010 Pontiac Solstice coupe in a hydro metallic blue color.  As you can see from the pictures, it is a very attractive car.  Much of the information in this post was provided by Jim.


You Will Not See Many Pontiac Solstice Coupes On The Street

At just 12 units, the 2010 Pontiac Solstice Coupe is the lowest number produced of any production auto made by General Motors. The Pontiac Solstice coupe was introduced just a short time before General Motors filed for bankruptcy and eliminated the Pontiac Division.  Next lowest production numbers are held by the 1953 Corvette of which only 300 units were built.  The third lowest General Motors production number belongs to the 2009 Solstice Coupe at 1254.   As you can see, these cars are not very common.


I Particularly Like This View

Of the 1266 total of both 2009 and 2010 Pontiac Solstice coupes, 122 were exported to Mexico, 87 went to Canada, with the remaining 1057 staying in the United States.  Of this 1266, the lowest number produced in a specific color was 26 in Hydro Metallic Blue, which is the color of Jim’s Pontiac Solstice coupe.


From This Angle It Does Look Like A Pontiac

Of the twelve 2010 Pontiac Solstice coupes, 1 went to Canada with the other 11 remaining in the United States.  Nine of these cars were GXP 2.0 Turbos and 3 cars used the 20% larger 2.4 non-turbo engine.  Five had automatic transmissions and 7 had the 5-speed manual transmission.  Three were painted Hydro Metallic Blue (paint code #22U); 3 Metallic Gray (#75U); 2 Red (#74U); 2 Burgundy (#79U); 1 White (#50U); and 1 Teal Metallic car which was a new color to 2010 and that car went to Canada.


The Solstice Has A Distinctive Front Grille

Jim’s Pontiac Solstice coupe with serial #100018 is Hydro Metallic Blue, has a 5-speed manual transmission, 2.4 engine, positraction rear axle drive with 3.91 gearing, and air conditioning.  Jim says that this cars appears more like it only has 2,700 miles on it rather than the 27,000 that it actually has.  Apparently it has been stored inside most of its life.  It is said to be in 100% factory original condition with no modifications.


It Has A Removal Top For More Fresh Air

The computer is factory chipped to limit the top speed to 143 mph.  Jim will not admit to having the car  going that fast, but says that it feels like the car would reach 143 mph, if left in 4th gear.  These cars would not be considered fast compared to many of the high-horsepower cars on the market, but these cars have brisk performance.  You are not going to get in anyone’s way!


Like All Pontiac Solstices, The Storage Space Is Limited

While I have not been inside a Pontiac Solstice coupe, I have spent some time in a Pontiac Solstice convertible while competing in a rally as a navigator for Steve Levesque of New Hampshire in his Pontiac Solstice convertible, but these are not spacious cars.  These are personal cars for one or two people traveling lightly.  These are fun cars!


Interior Is Not Overdone

I like the coupe styling of these cars, but the ability to remove the top for more open touring is an added feature.

Jim says that this car is for sale.  Therefore this is a opportunity to own a very nice version of an uncommon car.


Front-Hinged Hood Provides Good Access To Engine Bay

As I noted earlier, Jim Whitmer lives in Oklahoma City, OK, USA, and can arrange delivery. Foreign shipment is available to all US ports, with the exception of the northeast. Call Jim any time at 405 751-4521 for more information about this car.  Jim says that he loves to talk cars.   You can also contact Jim via email to get additional information:   j.whitmer@cox.net


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9 Responses to 2010 Pontiac Solstice Coupe – A Rare Modern Car

  1. ianhgb says:

    Not an unpleasant looking car. It’s kind of like an MGB GT on steroids…. 😉

  2. Chris says:

    The picture shows an automatic and the writting says a manual. The picture also shows the car has a hitch, I was not aware any of these cars came with a hitch.

  3. William says:

    As 2010 owner myself, I can confirm that the pictures are not the 2010 car the article is about, but a 2009 Hydro Blue (known as “Fresh”) that is very similar. In 2010 there were NO Hydro blue Solstices. The color for 2010 was Kinetic Blue, which was a shade darker than Hydro Blue. Also much of the information provided is incorrect. One being the the 2010 Solstice coupe was NOT the lowest produced GM Kappa platform car. That also makes it not the lowest produced GM car. Total GM Kappa Production = 30 Cars: 2 Opel GT Roadsters, 8 Solstice Roadsters, 8 SKY Roadsters, 12 Solstice Coupes. And all the 2010 cars were produced prior to the end of 2009 production. All this information is readily available on the many forums for these cars, and therefore what I’ve said can easily be cross referenced.

    • Thanks William. I am now a lot more careful when getting information from others about certain cars. I am embarrassed that so much about the story and the car just isn’t right.

      Steve McKelvie

    • I think I can sort out what happened here, though I’m a bit disappointed the owner didn’t chime in. This owner has listed both a 2009 MY Hydro Blue and a 2010 Kinetic Blue. That’s right he (or the dealer he works with) owns BOTH rare coupes. My sub-1000 Bluestone Red Line Sky seems much less rare in comparison. The 2010 is unmodified, manual, and Kinetic. The 2009 MY has the hitch and painted grille.

  4. grace says:

    I know where you can buy a 2009 hydro turbo coupe automatic. 52k on odometer. Last one you’ll ever get a chance to buy. I have pics & vin.

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