Auctions: eBay Find of the Day: 2001 Pontiac Aztek VIN #001

Filed under: Classics, Auctions, Crossover, Pontiac, Design/Style

2001 Pontiac Aztek VIN #001

The Pontiac Aztek will always have a place in automotive history – right in between the Edsel and the 2014 Jeep Cherokee – but if you happen to be a fan of this unconventional-looking crossover, then here’s your chance to own a rare find. The 2001 Aztek you see here has the distinction of being the very first Aztek ever sold with VIN 001, and it’s currently up for auction on eBay.

This isn’t the first time this particular Aztek has seen an auction block, though. It was one of many GM-owned vehicles at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, and it ended up selling for $15,950. Now the Aztek is owned by a car dealership in Texas that has it listed locally on its website for $16,999 – compare that to the $21,445 base price of a brand-new Aztek in 2001.

As of this writing, the eBay auction for Aztek No. 001 has not met the reserve, with six days left and 15 bids, the highest of which is $3,222 (slightly higher than the $2,848 Blue Book value). With just 8,000 miles on the odometer, this well-maintained Aztek isn’t your typical used car, and you can check it out in all of its plastic-cladded glory in the gallery (of not-so-great images) above.

eBay Find of the Day: 2001 Pontiac Aztek VIN #001 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 30 Jul 2013 19:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Video: 1965 Pontiac GTO does donuts, helps sell boxers [w/bonus boxer puppies]

Filed under: Classics, Coupe, Performance, Marketing/Advertising, Pontiac

1965 Pontiac GTO does donuts

1965 Pontiac GTO does donuts – Click above to watch the video after the break

We love ourselves some vintage muscle cars, and none more so than the one that started it all: the Pontiac GTO. It’s 389-cubic-inch V8 engine burbling underhood, its paper-thin bias-ply tires at all four corners and its complete lack of any kind of safety equipment mean the old Goat is nothing if not a hoon’s dream car.

But what does it have to do with boxers? Beats us. Whether you’re talking about the kind you wear under your jeans (in this case from Camouflage) or the kind that licks you in the face, we’re completely baffled as to why the donut-performing muscle car is being used to advertise boxers.

Oh well. The Pontiac GTO (1965 vintage, in this case) is always welcome on these pages, and boxer puppies are adorable. You’ll find both of them in the video after the break. Enjoy! Thanks for the tip, Diland!

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Report: GM failing to keep Hummer, Pontiac and Saturn buyers in the fold

Filed under: Car Buying, Etc., Ford, GM, Earnings/Financials

General Motors badgeThe Wall Street Journal is reporting that General Motors has been unable to hold onto the loyalty of new car shoppers who formerly owned vehicles from one of the automakers now-defunct brands. Hummer, Pontiac and Saturn owners are now turning outside of the GM family for their new purchases.

Despite the fact that GM has offered up to $1,000 to those customers during January and February, around 71 percent of Saturn owners traded their vehicle for another brand this year. Likewise, 70 percent of Pontiac drivers opted for a different make when it came time to replace their vehicle in 2011.

While 23 percent of Saturn drivers switched for a Chevrolet, 35 percent turned in their keys for a Honda, Toyota or Ford product.

Speaking of Ford, the report notes that Blue Oval is suffering from similar woes when it comes to Mercury customers. Those buyers headed towards other automakers at a rate of 65 percent this year.

GM failing to keep Hummer, Pontiac and Saturn buyers in the fold originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 13 May 2011 13:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Study: Pontiac drivers mainly sticking with GM

Filed under: Car Buying, GM, Pontiac

2009 Pontiac G8 GXP
2009 Pontiac G8 GXP – Click above for high-res image gallery

Of the 57,641 Pontiac owners who bought a new car in 2010, 53.3 percent of them stuck with a product from General Motors, according to a survey by RL Polk & Co. The hard numbers: 33.5 percent of Pontiac customers chose a Chevrolet, 11.7 chose a GMC, 6.7 went with Buick and the last 1.5 percent bought a Cadillac.

Within the rest of the Big Three, Ford had the best outing, grabbing 10.5 percent of former Pontiac owners. Dodge caught 3.2 percent and Chrysler and Jeep together totaled 1.7 percent of the share.

Large numbers of Pontiac owners who didn’t buy another GM product went overseas, with 31 percent opting for an import. Toyota claimed 7.7 percent of Pontiac owners, while Honda netted 7.5. Nissan and Hyundai weren’t far behind.

What the numbers show is that buyers who bought a Pontiac largely stuck with a big-name high-volume automaker when it came time for a new car. Even though some of the brands former Pontiac owners moved to are quite different than Pontiac was, they’re almost all affordable, mass produced and supported by huge dealer networks.

Gallery: In the Autoblog Garage: 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP

Photos Copyright (C)2011 Drew Phillips / AOL

[Source: RL Polk via Kicking Tires]

Study: Pontiac drivers mainly sticking with GM originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 11 Mar 2011 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Video: 1987 Pontiac Fiero GT looks like a Ferrari, helps you steal your neighbor’s wife

Filed under: Coupe, Marketing/Advertising, Videos, Pontiac, Humor

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1987 Pontiac Fiero GT gets girls, confounds 80’s bullies – Click above to watch video after the jump

The Pontiac Fiero was produced from 1984 through 1988 and the “fired-up” GT version was introduced in 1985. Just one year before the car’s demise, Pontiac slightly updated the Fiero front and rear, greatly improving its appearance to most late-’80s buyers in the process.

A video sales aid was produced to help dealers learn more about the Pontiac Fiero GT and the clip is pure, uncut 1987 packed into 6 minutes and 38 seconds. We won’t spoil the entire clip but it features a nerdy Fiero owner, an 80’s tough guy neighbor and that tough guy’s jean-jacketed significant other.

“Just like a Ferrari? Pretty close.”

Put on your acid wash jeans then click past the jump and take a trip back to a time when people confused Pontiacs for Ferraris. Poor guy in the Mazda RX-7 just didn’t stand a chance… And now you know why hunting down dealer training materials is one of our favorite guilty pleasures.

[Source: YouTube]

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Video: 1987 Pontiac Fiero GT looks like a Ferrari, helps you steal your neighbor’s wife originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 11 Feb 2011 19:24:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Barrett-Jackson 2011: JFK’s 1963 Pontiac Bonneville ambulance? *Update

Filed under: Auctions, Pontiac, Celebrities, Specialty

JFK's 1963 Pontiac Bonneville ambulance

JFK’s 1963 Pontiac Bonneville ambulance? Could be – Click above for high-res image gallery

Normally, events such as Barret-Jackson’s annual soiree out in the desert of Arizona are newsworthy to those of us who obsessively cover the auto industry… and pretty much nobody else. But when the auction house roll out the ambulance that supposedly transported the body of President John F. Kennedy after his assassination, well, the rest of the world stands up and takes notice.

Adding more fuel to the fire of intrigue surounding this one-of-a-kind machine are questions as to whether or not this 1963 Pontiac Bonneville ambulance is legit. Did it really carry JFK? We have no idea, and there are a number of documents and plenty of speculation supporting both sides of the discussion – we’re content to stay out of the debate. And either way, we’re curious to see how it performs after a week’s worth of national news.

In any case, all eyes are now on this controversy-filled auction. Check out the official listing page for the might-be JFK’s ambulance and be sure to keep an eye on the live streaming feed at Speed.

Are you playing Speed’s Online Fantasy Bid Game? If not, test your auction pricing mettle by guessing what a series of featured vehicles will end up bringing at the auction block – you could end up winning a prize, like an Apple iPad. Enjoy!

*Update: The ambulance ended up selling for $120,000… which we’d say means the bidders weren’t convinced of its authenticity. Or, it means someone just scored an amazingly significant car at a major discount.

Gallery: JFK’s 1963 Pontiac Bonneville ambulance at Barrett-Jackson 2011

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Barrett-Jackson 2011: JFK’s 1963 Pontiac Bonneville ambulance? *Update originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 22 Jan 2011 19:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Barrett-Jackson 2011: First and last 2010 Pontiac Solstice on the block *UPDATE: W/Video

Filed under: Convertible, Coupe, Auctions, GM, Pontiac

First and last 2010 Pontiac Solstice

First and last 2010 Pontiac Solstice at Barrett-Jackson 2011 – Click above for high-res image gallery

A great cry of weeping and teeth-gnashing could be heard around the globe after General Motors decided to put an end to the Pontiac brand a few years back. Of course, that also means the last several machines to roll down the line could potentially become collectors items.

Does that include the 2010 Pontiac Solstice Coupe or Convertible? That’s tough to say, but something of a precedent could indeed be set tonight at Barrett-Jackson as the very first and very last 2010 Solstices are going up on the auction block, sold as a pair.

First up is #1 of 12 Solstice GXP Coupes built in 2010, in Kinetic blue with an interior in black leather with matching blue accents. It’s also the only Heritage Coupe built with a manual transmission. Up next is the very last 2010 Solstice built (of 20 total), a Kinetic Blue Convertible.

Check out both the Coupe and Convertible models’ official auction pages on Barrett-Jackson, and watch Speed’s live online coverage here.

*Update: Check out a video of the auction after the break.

Gallery: The first and last Pontiac Solstice cars produced at Barrett-Jackson 2011

Photos copyright (C)2011 Jeff Glucker/AOL

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Barrett-Jackson 2011: First and last 2010 Pontiac Solstice on the block *UPDATE: W/Video originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 21 Jan 2011 22:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Barrett-Jackson auctioning Pontiac ambulance that served as JFK hearse

Filed under: Classics, Wagon, Auctions, Pontiac, Police/Emergency, Military

1963 Pontiac Bonneville JFK ambulance

1963 Pontiac Bonneville JFK ambulance – Click above for high-res image gallery

Few ambulances have ever been as well-known as the Pontiac that transported the remains of the late President John F. Kennedy after his assassination. And now it’s going up for auction.

The 1963 Pontiac Bonneville ambulance was one of only 69 of its kind built, and only 15 commissioned for military application. This particular example was assigned to Bethesda Naval Hospital in DC, and was sent to collect the flag-draped casket of the slain commander-in-chief from Air Force One upon its arrival at Andrews Air Force Base and bring it, accompanied by grieving widow Jacqueline and brother Robert F. Kennedy, to the hospital and then on to Capitol Hill.

The ambulance was retired from service several years later and sold as surplus before landing in the collection of its current owner, who is now putting it up for auction at the 40th-anniversary Barrett-Jackson extravaganza in Scottsdale later this month. It’s in apparent immaculate original condition and has been featured in magazines and at the 2010 national convention of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association, where it was lauded with the Gold Award.

Gallery: 1963 Pontiac Bonneville JFK ambulance

[Source: Speed | Images: PontiacsOnline]

Barrett-Jackson auctioning Pontiac ambulance that served as JFK hearse originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 09 Jan 2011 19:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Pontiac still a hotter Google keyword than Buick?

Filed under: Etc., Buick, GM, Pontiac

Pontiac may be dead, phased out by parent company General Motors in the wake of its financial collapse, but you wouldn’t know it from searching these interwebs. According to search trends tracked by BringPontiacBack.org, more people are still searching for Pontiac on Google than they are for Buick.

This, despite Pontiac’s demise and Buick’s increased sales and marketing. The Trans Am loyalists admit that part of the discrepancy could come down to the city of Pontiac, Michigan, which is still standing. But would that be enough to account for Pontiac’s 2:1 search popularity over Buick? Or is it that Buick’s demographic has yet to figure out what the internet is? One way or another, the numbers are interesting. Hat tip to Christopher!

[Source: BringPontiacBack.org]

Pontiac still a hotter Google keyword than Buick? originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 09 Dec 2010 11:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Pontiac Trans Am leads ’70s resurgence at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas

Filed under: Classics, Auctions

This article originally appeared on SPEEDtv.com and is republished with permission. Check your local listings for SPEEDtv’s live coverage of Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, which continues today from 4PM-11PM EST and Saturday from 2PM -9:30PM EST.

Pontiac Trans Am at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas

Pontiac Trans Am at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas – Click above for high-res image gallery

One thing you’ll find plenty of at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction is Pontiac Firebird Trans Ams from the late ’70s. The same black-and-gold, “Smoky and the Bandit,” screamin’ eagle Trans Ams that beguiled so many adolescent gearheads in their day.

These flamboyant muscle cars have enjoyed a resurgence of late, moving away from disco-era kitsch and into the realm of bona fide collector cars. Not too many cars of that stylistic- and performance-challenged time have made the leap.

“The styling has endured for a long, long time,” said admitted Pontiac addict Tom Knight of Albuquerque, N.M, as he eyed a 1976 Trans Am 50th Anniversary coupe. “I think there’s been a resurrection now that Pontiac’s dead.”

Gallery: Pontiac Trans Ams at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas

[Images: Bob Golfen, SPEED]

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Pontiac Trans Am leads ’70s resurgence at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 24 Sep 2010 17:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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