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Pontiac Sunfire Concept

Pontiac Sunfire Concept

The very last Pontiacs were sold as 2010 models, though production of all Pontiac models had ceased by late 2009. The demise of General Motors’ “performance division” was certainly a sad affair, but truth be told, the brand had become largely unrecognizable to many marque enthusiasts. With a largely alphanumeric naming scheme and an intentionally toned-down design theme meant to attract Japanese-car intenders, the Pontiac of the 21st century bore little resemblance to the nameplate once known for Wide Track design and the GTO.

So, what if we looked back 20 years from Pontiac’s funeral? Sadly, it seems as if we could have predicted the end. Though the 1990 Pontiacs were arguably sporty looking, every vehicle in the lineup (save for the Bonneville) could be had as a Chevrolet for less money—if maybe with a little less style.

Perhaps most distressing, the production vehicle that would bear the name Sunfire looked nothing like the swoopy concept car seen above.

What say you? Was the 1990 Pontiac lineup in step with the times, or a harbinger of harder days ahead? And, if you’ve ever owned one of these Nineties Ponchos, please tell us about it. The place for comments is below the Trans Sport.

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Pontiac LeMans

1990 Pontiac LeMans

1990 Pontiac LeMans GSE

Base Prices: Aerocoupe Value Leader 3-door hatchback ($6599), Aerocoupe LE 3-door hatchback ($7999), LE sedan ($8349), SE sedan ($9749), Aerocoupe GSE 3-door hatchback ($9499)

Base Engine: 74-horsepower 1.6-liter four

Base Engine (GSE): 96-horsepower 2.0-liter four

Automatic Transmission: $445

Antilock Brakes: N/A

 

Pontiac Sunbird

1990 Pontiac Sunbird

1990 Pontiac Sunbird GT

Base Prices: LE coupe ($8799), LE sedan ($8899), LE convertible ($13,934), SE coupe ($9204), GT coupe ($11,724)

Base Engine: 96-horsepower 2.0-liter four

Optional Engine (standard GT): 165 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four

Automatic Transmission: $465

Antilock Brakes: N/A

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Pontiac Grand Am

1990 Pontiac Grand Am

1990 Pontiac Grand Am SE

Base Prices: LE coupe ($10,544), LE sedan ($10,744), SE coupe ($14,894), SE sedan ($15,194)

Base Engine: 110-horsepower 2.5-liter four

Optional Engine: 160-horsepower 2.3-liter four

Optional Engine: 180-horsepower 2.3-liter four

Automatic Transmission: $540

Antilock Brakes: N/A

 

Pontiac 6000

1990 Pontiac 6000

1990 Pontiac 6000 S/E

Base Prices: LE sedan ($12,149), LE wagon ($15,309), S/E sedan ($16,909), S/E wagon ($18,509)

Base Engine: 110-horsepower 2.5-liter four

Optional Engine (standard S/E): 140-horsepower 3.1-liter V6

Automatic Transmission: $200 (plus $660 for required V6)

Antilock Brakes: N/A

 

Pontiac Grand Prix

1990 Pontiac 6000

1990 Pontiac Grand Prix LE

Base Prices: LE coupe ($14,564), LE sedan ($14,564), SE coupe ($17,684)

Base Engine: 160-horsepower 2.3-liter four

Optional Engine: 140-horsepower 3.1-liter V6

Automatic Transmission: $200 (plus $640 for required V6)

Antilock Brakes: N/A

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Pontiac Bonneville

1990 Pontiac

1990 Pontiac Bonneville SSE

Base Prices: LE sedan ($15,774), SE sedan ($19,144), SSE sedan ($23,994)

Base Engine: 165-horsepower 3.8-liter V6

Automatic Transmission: Standard

Antilock Brakes (standard SSE): $925

 

Pontiac Firebird

1990 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA

1990 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA

Base Prices: Base coupe ($11,320), Formula coupe ($14,610), Trans Am coupe ($16,510), GTA coupe ($23,320)

Base Engine: 140-horsepower 3.1 V6

Base Engine (Formula): 170-horsepower 5.0-liter V8

Base Engine (Trans Am): 225-horsepower 5.0-liter V8

Base Engine (GTA): 235-horsepower 5.7-liter V8

Automatic Transmission: $515

Antilock Brakes: N/A

 

Pontiac Trans Sport

1990 Pontiac Trans Sport, The Pontiacs of 1990

1990 Pontiac Trans Sport

Base Prices: Base van ($14,995), SE van ($18,125)

Base Engine: 120-horsepower 3.1-liter V6

Automatic Transmission: Standard

Antilock Brakes: N/A

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