When The General decided to eliminate the Oldsmobile brandâ€” Iâ€™m still convinced that the main reason for the execution was the syllable Old in the marqueâ€™s nameâ€” the process took nearly a half-decade, with nostalgia-drenched â€œFinal 500â€� editions of the last Oldsmobile models released with great solemnity. Even the ho-hum Silhouette minivan got a Final 500 version for its sendoff. When the Pontiac Divisionâ€™s time came at the close of the 2000s, the 84-year-old marque was shoved out the door to stagger to an ignominious death, unloved and alone in a Michigan drainage ditch. Hereâ€™s one of the very last Pontiacs ever built, found in a Denver boneyard last month.
The divisionâ€™s production story began with the 1926 Pontiac Six, and it ended when the final G6 rolled off the line at Orion Assembly in January of 2010.
Todayâ€™s Junkyard Find shows a build date of October 2009, which makes it the latest discarded G6 Iâ€™ve been able to locate (I found a junked July â€™09 car, also in Rent Me White, last fall). The Vibe was available as a 2010 model, but production at NUMMI halted when the soon-to-become-Tesla-owned plant began shutting down in August of 2009. Some Daewoo-built G3s remained on dealer lots well into 2010, but they were 2009 models stranded by their Aveo-ness. That makes this G6 one of the last handful of Pontiacs ever made.
Like most late-production G6s, this car has the base 2.4-liter Ecotec (rated at 164 hp) and a zero-frills interior.
We can feel fairly certain that it served as a rental car for a couple of years, then soldiered on as an increasingly neglected cheap commuter for the remainder of the 2010s.
Then a fender-bender happened, and what sane person pays a body shop to patch up a slightly bent non-truck from a defunct marque in 2020 Colorado? Youâ€™ll find every self-service car graveyard around Denver packed with 10-to-15-year-old Detroit sedans in not-so-rough condition, while their truck and sorta-truck-shaped brethren stay on the street.
I still need to shoot a 2011 Mercury and a 2001 Plymouth for this series, but Iâ€™m still not certain that the final Saturns deserve such an honor. Weâ€™ll see.
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The G6 was a Chevy Malibu under the skin, but it benefited from Pontiac Excitement.
Have you ever started a car from across the road? Given your backseat passengers a tan? Or driven a four-door like a sports car?