it was hard for me to film them crushing those Solstice's at the Wilmington plant. Your expression watching it showed it was not easy to view, but it happened. Its still hard for me to look at even though they didn't crush a running Solstice. Frames were the main item, about 30? But they crushed four cars with engines, trans and rears. The most complete was the silver coupe in the video you watched. It was the only car with wheels and tires but no hood, front fenders or any fascias. That crusher made a shrill sound as the frames and bodies were rearranged. GM told us to bring our cameras in during the last week of production. They told the Mecca farewell tour to bring theirs as well to see the last Solstices on the assembly line that Monday. So it was just a matter of taking the pictures / videos of opportunities that presented themselves. I did it for the historical significance and the fact that no more Pontiacs were going to be made at Wilmington. Or planet earth. I knew this was it, the end. So myself and others took the shots as one could never go back and see this repeated.
A sadder day was happened in January 2010 as the Wilmington plant sent approximately 12-15 Solstices to B&F Towing on Old Airport Road to be crushed. Don't know specifics but heard some were company cars, complete drivable vehicles. This included the batmobile and the two Solstices on display in front of the plant. They stood guard for several months after the plant closed. GM management was required to be on the scene to verify their destruction. This may be routine when a car is phased out of production, but to us its sad. The Batmobile was the oldest Solstice at Wilmington, and my favorite. Gone to Gotham heaven. But we still have the memories of the Mecca Tours and the cars they own. All will live on to fuel our passion for Pontiac into our futures.
PS: does anybody know who has the last Solstice coupe? Please let me know. Thanks.