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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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Relinquishing my GXP Coupe

Greetings Forum members-
I have truly enjoyed the Solstice Forum and all the members who share their extensive knowledge base on these Kappa vehicles from yesteryear. I am sad to say that after 3+ years of ownership I reluctantly have to give up my "Cool" Coupe I so cherished.

I happened to come across a 1973 Pontiac Firebird Formula 455, fully optioned out, 4 speed manual w/AC, recently (3 yrs) chemically stripped paint restoration, with extremely low miles that I am in the midst of buying. I originally planned to keep both vehicles but my spouse wants me to own only one collector car.

The Cool Silver Coupe has 24,899 miles on it and is stored in winter months. It was originally a Florida car that lived in Pensicola, Florida. It has a 5 speed manual trans w/ the GXP pkg that I have added:

A Venom Brace, Pro Beam, & 3/8" thick Trans Tunnel Backbone Brace to the car's suspension. All DDM components installed in 2014.

I have replaced the front & rear stock rotors with drilled and slotted rotors, disk pads, and painted all 4 brake calipers w/ Black Hi temp caliper. All SP Performance products installed in 2015.

I have replaced the factory Monsoon AM/FM/SAT, 6 CD Chgr Bluetooth radio with a factory Monsoon AM/FM/SAT/Sgl CD/ USB Bluetooth radio to interface with android or ios - based music players/cellphones installed in 2014. The 6 stock Monsoon speakers have been upgraded to Infinity audio speakers (2- 6.5" door; 2 - 3.5" rear pnl & 2-1" dome tweeters in A posts). The single Monsoon 8" subwoofer was replaced with a Pioneer Shallow Mount Dual voice coil TS-SW2002D2 8" 2 ohm subwoofer. Installed in 2016

The battery was replaced in 2016 along with the primary long positive battery cable assy. Installed in 2015.

I have the optional soft top complete with storage bag; the OEM Solstice car cover, mounted frt & rr black splash guards, the original carpeted GXP mats as well as the all weather factory mats, & the Opel GT/Sky Shorty antenna.

I have the complete set of hard copy Shop Service manuals. Oil & filter has been changed annually and the coolant systems has been power flushed in 2015.

I never intended to sell this Coupe but must relinquish it in order to buy the 1973 Firebird Formula 455 4 speed.

I am asking $35,000 for it! Any interested in buying it please contact me.

Lar Bear on the "North Coast"
#159 "Cool" Solstice GXP manual Coupe
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 10:45 AM
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Just curious are you buying the car from a guy Manny in North Ridgeville who has a collection of muscle cars ?
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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No a guy is liquidating his deceased brother's "car toys" in NY and i have been on lookout for a second generation Firebird. I wanted a TA but they are pretty out of reach nowadays especially with the Muncie close ratio manual tranny.

I found the Formula I am buying was ordered by the original owner with all the TA performance goodies and the original owner added the TA aero package (frt air dam, rear spoiler, & wheel spats) to the Formula so it looks really awesome with the functional Ram Air Formula fiberglass hood.

Just wish I could keep both. I love the Sol Coupe!

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This has popped up on AutoTrader: Cars for Sale: Used 2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP for sale in Lorain, OH 44053: Coupe Details - 450996582 - Autotrader (pics)

Lar, I wouldn't doubt if Napoli Classic Cars (or Gateway Classics) shows interest, and then they would add at least 10K to the selling price. Good luck w/the sale.

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The Firebird is a nice piece of period gear. Ironic that the output of that huge engine was the same as a GMPP tuned GXP - 290 bhp! More torque, of course, 380 Tq as opposed to 340 out of the LNF.

Performance is in the same general area - 13s in the 1/4.

Believe me, the Firebird doesn't handle or stop near as well as the Solstice, though; I owned a 455 HO Le Mans and tracked it - once - on a road course.

Current fleet:
1957 Jamaican bodied MGA
1958 MGA Twin Cam (race car)
1962 MGA Deluxe Coupe
1969 MGC roadster
1971 Jensen Interceptor
2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe
2007 BMW Z4M coupe
Recently departed: 1965 Jensen CV8, 1969 Lamborghini Islero S, 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT
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