Pontiac begins shipping the first batch of 2006 Solstices to U.S. dealers on Aug. 3, 2005.
The Solstice, introduced as a concept at the 2002 Detroit auto show and a production car at the 2004 Detroit auto show, was the first four-cylinder, rear-wheel-drive, two-seat roadster ever engineered and built by General Motors.
There was a waiting list of 10,000 customers for the Solstice, GM officials said at the time shipments began.
The car, championed by GM product development chief Bob Lutz, was conceived to draw new, younger consumers to one of the automaker's oldest but struggling brands.
Production of the Saturn Sky roadster, which shared a chassis with the Solstice, began later that summer.
Pontiac offered a detachable hardtop for the Solstice later in 2005, which could be purchased via dealership parts departments.
GM explored other variations of the Solstice that included a high-performance model with a turbocharged engine and a lightweight coupe with a fixed roof to appeal to club racers.
The Solstice GXP debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January 2006 and went on sale in August 2006. The engine in the GXP was one of the most powerful GM had ever engineered and built -- based on its size. The 2.0-liter Ecotec turbocharged engine was rated at 260 hp. By comparison, the 2.4-liter, four-cylinder Ecotec in the base Solstice generated 177 hp.
The 2.0-liter Ecotec motor was also the first gasoline direct -injection engine from an American automaker and, according to Pontiac, enabled the Solstice GXP to zip from 0 to 60 mph in under 5.5 seconds.
A targa coupe version of the Solstice was introduced at the 2008 New York auto show, with engine choices that were the same as the roadster. The roof could be removed but couldn't fit in the trunk. An optional cloth top was available, which could be fitted into the trunk.
Today, the Pontiac Solstice Coupes is considered rare.
U.S. sales of the Solstice peaked in 2006 at 19,710. But the car was scrapped, along with Pontiac, in 2009 as part of General Motors' bankruptcy.