2008 Saturn Sky Redline Carbon Flash Edition 7,878 Miles

GuysWithRides.com is pleased to offer this 2008 Saturn Sky Redline Black Carbon Edition for sale in an online, reserve-style auction on behalf of the second owner.

Bidding opened Wednesday, November 2021, and runs for 14 consecutive days ending at 7:00 PM ET on Wednesday, December 1st, 2021.

This rare 2008 Saturn Sky Redline currently resides in Cabot, Arkansas.

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Current High Bid = $5,100

Saturn was launched with a $3B splash in 1990. A decade later the division had gained loyal followers but lacked any new cars of significance. Enter retired Chrysler exec Bob Lutz who injected some pizzazz into GM with a Miata-fighter – albeit arguably twelve years too late.

GM’s Kappa platform offered a pair of sports car concepts at the 2002 Detroit Auto Show, a roadster and a coupe. They would be marketed as the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky in the U.S., but only Pontiac would offer a coupe. The Sky roadster was sold in Europe as the Opel GT and in Korea as the Daewoo G2X.

The Pontiac Solstice concept was rushed from pen to metal in merely four months on a $250M budget, considered peanuts to launch a new model in the twenty-first century. That was possible in large part thanks to GM’s massive inventory of already available parts. For example, the rear axle came from the Cadillac CTS, the glovebox from the Cadillac XLR, airbag steering column and door handles from the Chevy Cobalt, A/C from the Hummer H3, backup lights from the GMC Envoy, and steering wheel from the Corvette.

The Saturn Sky debuted at the 2005 Detroit Auto show and while it shared the same platform as the Solstice, it lacked the rounded Pontiac styling cues. The shape is much more angular and with Corvette overtones. It was styled by Franz von Holzhausen and Simon Cox along the lines of the UK’s Vauxhall Lightning concept and Cadillac Cien. The Sky is 3.5 inches longer than the Solstice, with forward-leaning side vents, faux hood vents, multiple grille openings with chrome, and a rear valance with backup light. The Sky’s base was $23,690 (About $3000 above the Solstice) and included air conditioning, ABS, cruise, keyless entry, floor mats, an alarm, and OnStar for a year.

While the Pontiac Solstice launched as a 2006 model, while the Sky followed for 2007. Two hydroformed rails connected the front and rear control arm suspensions. A central backbone tunnel linked the firewall and windshield frame to the rear bulkhead behind the seats. Both the Sky and Solstice were built at GM’s plant at Wilmington, Delaware. Both came in base trim with a 177-hp version of the Chevrolet Colorado pickup’s 2.4-liter DOHC four, with the truck’s five-speed refined for smoother shifting. A five-speed automatic transmission was optional.

The base Sky could manage 0-60 mph in 6.9 seconds, a quarter-mile came up in 15.2 seconds at 88 mph, and top speed was 123 mph. Unfortunately, at 2,888 lbs the Sky and Solstice were about four hundred pounds heavier than the ND Miata, and notably slower in the key passing zone of 40-70 mph.  Improved performance was addressed in the Saturn Sky Redline and Pontiac Solstice GXP models of 2007 which boasted a 260 bhp, 2.0liter DOHC Ecotec turbocharged four. This brought 0-60 mph down to 5.2 seconds, a quarter-mile to 14 seconds at 98 mph and a top speed of 141 mph. The Solstice GXP cost $2,5995 and the Sky Redline package was $2,975 – not bad for 57 percent more power. A further turbo option could boost power output even further to 290 bhp. Road testers were more complimentary about the Sky than the Solstice. They noted the exhaust was quieter, the top better insulated and the suspension less choppy, with longer travel.

There were several special edition Sky models. The 2008 Carbon Flash Special edition included a special color, optional silver stripe, and Monsoon audio. The seats and steering wheel featured silver inserts. A total of 550 were built, of which only 321 featured the five-speed manual transmission.

GuysWithRides.com is proud to feature one of 321 2008 Saturn Sky Redline Carbon Flash Special Edition models.  Joe, the seller of his rare car, reports it only has 7878 miles. The only modification the car features is an illuminated windscreen behind seats designed to integrate with the factory stripe. Joe is proud to report his Saturn Sky has never been waxed nor has it been driven either in rain or snow. When not in use, this pampered Saturn Sky has been kept covered in a climate-controlled garage. Joe reports this car’s unique black metal flake paint job turns heads everywhere.

The complimentary CarFax® provided below confirms the ultra-low mileage of this two-onwer example 2008 Saturn Sky Redline Carbon Flash Edition. By clicking on the picture below, you can review the detailed complimentary CarFax report.  Please be sure to use your browser’s back button to navigate back to this page when complete:

 

In addition to the CarFax, we’re providing a complimentary third-party Pre-Purchase Inspection (“PPI”) completed by the local LemonSquad.com mechanic.   By clicking on the picture below, you can review the detailed complimentary Lemon Squad pre-purchase inspection recently completed in preparation for this auction.  As you scroll down the report, you can hover your computer mouse to read the inspector’s comments on each picture taken. Please be sure to use your browser’s back button to navigate back to this page when complete.

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing a link to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales in the past two years. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:

If you have any questions about this 2008 Saturn Sky Redline Black Carbon Edition, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking and happy bidding!

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