Pontiac, a legendary name in American car culture, was known for its powerful and stylish vehicles. Since its inception in 1926, Pontiac carved out a niche in the auto world with cars that blended performance and flair.

The brand shined in the 1960s with its muscle cars like the GTO, capturing the hearts of car enthusiasts. Despite challenges over the years, Pontiac continued to produce memorable models until its closure in 2010.

These are 10 Pontiacs that every collector wishes they had.

2002 Pontiac Trans Am SLP Firehawk

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The 2002 Pontiac Trans Am SLP Firehawk symbolized a resurgence in muscle car performance for Pontiac in the early 2000s. This model, equipped with a 5.7-liter LS1 V8 engine, pushed out 345 horsepower, rivaling the performance of contemporary Cobras and Corvettes.

With fewer than 6,000 units produced from 1991 to 2002, its rarity and power make it a notable collectible. Values range from $15,100 to $55,200, with expectations of a steady increase.

2006 Pontiac Grand Prix GXP

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The 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix GXP stood out as a muscle sedan that balanced family-friendly utility with high-performance driving. It featured a 5.3-liter LS4 V8 engine delivering between 300 and 303 horsepower and 323 lb-ft of torque.

With only 6,628 units produced in 2006, the Grand Prix GXP marked a significant chapter in Pontiac’s history before its discontinuation in 2010.

1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

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The 1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am stands out in the muscle car era, overshadowed by the likes of Mustangs and Camaros, yet making its own indelible mark. With only 697 units produced, its exclusivity is undeniable. The Trans Am was powered by a 400 Ram Air IV V8 engine, delivering 345 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque.

Its market value reflects its rarity and performance, with prices ranging from $690,000 to $1,450,000 depending on the car’s condition.

1988 Pontiac Fiero GT

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The 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT marked a shift from the traditional American muscle car formula, with a focus on competing with compact Japanese models. It featured a 2.8-liter V6 engine producing 135 horsepower and 165 lb-ft of torque, a departure from the big-block V8s of its predecessors.

Despite its modest power, the Fiero GT has seen a rise in collector interest, with values ranging from $7,400 to $30,200, and a practically new model recently selling for $90,000.

1969 Pontiac Custom S

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In 1969, a notable year for American cars, the Pontiac Custom S stood out with its unique offering. Produced only in that year, it featured a 350 cubic inch V8 engine, with the highest specification delivering 330 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque.

With 46,886 units produced, the Custom S is not the rarest Pontiac but is valued for its performance and potential future appreciation. Its value varies significantly with condition, ranging from $6,400 to $31,400.

1969 Pontiac GTO The Judge Convertible

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The 1969 GTO “The Judge” Convertible is a high-water mark in muscle car history, offering a mix of performance and exclusivity. Known for its distinct look and powerful 400 cubic inch Ram Air IV V8 engine, producing 370 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque, “The Judge” was aimed at capturing the younger market of the era.

With only 108 units produced, its rarity contributes to its high value today, ranging from $57,700 to $162,000 based on condition.

1963 Pontiac Catalina Swiss Cheese

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The 1963 Pontiac Catalina Swiss Cheese was born from the competitive spirit of “Win on Sunday. Sell on Monday.” This model underwent significant modifications to excel in racing, shedding 417 pounds to become a formidable competitor.

Only 14 units were produced, featuring a 421 cubic inch V8 engine that officially boasted 420 horsepower, though rumors suggest nearly 500 horsepower. Its rarity is underscored by the nine remaining units, with one fetching $430,000 at an auction in 2017.

1963 Pontiac Tempest LeMans Super Duty

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In the competitive arena of the 1960s, the Pontiac Tempest LeMans Super Duty emerged as a formidable opponent to its contemporaries. Engineered for performance, this model was a standout with its lightweight design and powerful 421 cubic inch V8 engine, rated at 405 horsepower but likely underestimated.

Its production was extremely limited, with only six units made, adding to its exclusivity and appeal. One of these rare models was auctioned for $335,500.

1926 Pontiac Series 6-27

In the 1920s, the car industry was evolving, and Pontiac was at the forefront with the Series 6-27, a vehicle that marked the brand’s entry into the market. Although its 186 cubic inch straight-six engine didn’t set records for speed, its significance comes from being Pontiac’s inaugural model.

Despite its modest power, the car’s historical value is immense. In 2020, a well-preserved 6-27 fetched $15,750 at auction.

1957 Pontiac Star Chief Custom Bonneville

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The 1957 Pontiac Star Chief Custom Bonneville emerged in a period when cars were becoming larger and more powerful. Known for its rarity and power, the Bonneville was a limited-edition marvel with just 630 units made. It boasted a 347-cubic-inch V-8 engine with 315 horsepower, courtesy of Rochester fuel injection.

This model was exclusively a convertible, and its valuation ranges significantly based on condition, with top-tier models valued at $63,500.

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