Illustration for article titled Goddamn, these are expensive...
Illustration for article titled Goddamn, these are expensive...

According to CarGurus, there are only two manual Holden Commodore Pontiac G8 GXPs for sale nationwide. One has three accidents reported, and the other costs $28,000. Compare to the also Holden Commodore Chevy SS, where there are 8 manual-equipped specimens for sale nationally.

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But wait: it gets worse.

Manual was not an option — AT ALL — on the base G8, nor the G8 GT. Yes, the only way to get a stick is to get the G8 GXP, many of which were of course automatics. They only sold 1,829 GXPs. I suspect very few were manual... I was very disappointed to learn that no G8 GTs came from Australia the factory with a stick for the Pontiac brand.

Illustration for article titled Goddamn, these are expensive...

Who cares?

I do. The Pontiac G8 GXP 6MT was sold with the 6.2L LS3 V8 making 415 horsepower, paired to a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission.

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But finally offering something interesting was all too little, too late for Pontiac. Heap on the recession and *poof* down goes the brand.

But still... pretty cool car, I’ll be happy if I ever see one in the wild.

Oh — and did you know GM was thinking about bringing over the Ute and possible a wagon based on the Commodore under the Pontiac name? Hurts, don’t it...

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