Gem Junkyard: Saturn Sky 2007

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the Pontiac Division didn’t have long to live when the Solstice appeared for the first time in 2005 as a 2006 model, and that of Saturn the head was heading towards the chopping block at about the same rate. Still, optimism reigned – at least until the world economy has collapsed – and so Saturn dealers got a rebadged version of the Solstice to sell: The sky. Available only for model years 2007 through 2010, just over 34,000 Skies rolled out of showrooms before the doors were nailed down. Here’s one of those rare cars, found at a Denver-area self-service yard a few weeks ago.

I found a handful of abandoned solstices in car cemeteries in recent years, mainly with accident damage. This Sky suffered a moderately hard impact in the front right corner, which sent him there.

The 177-horsepower 2.4-liter Ecotec still resides under the dented hood. The Sky Redline version had a 260 horsepower turbocharged engine; we can assume that such an engine would be pulled and bought by the first junkyard buyer who realized what it was.

The Sky’s base transmission was an Aisin five-speed manual, but this car comes with the optional five-speed automatic.

The Sky had its own nose and a few different badges, but otherwise it wasn’t much different from the Solstice.

For the South Korean market, the Sky has Daewoo G2X badges and was ad as an ideal vehicle for high speed chases in Seoul traffic.

The same car went to Europe as the Opel GT. Unfortunately, DG ran out of money to make skies with right hand drive so we never got to attend Holden or Opel versions.

Here is Bob lutz describing the new sky. Lutz some really hated car names molded into plastic bumper covers, so he takes great care in describing the actual pasted emblems here.

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