Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Star Wars fangasm contender Pontiac may not be officially sanctioned by George Lucas, but it's sure a hell of a lot more fun to look at than The Phantom Menace. Of course, it's completely up to you whether it's worth the price of admission.
The three original Star Wars films are beloved by fans around the globe. However, the three pre-quals that arrived years later, not so much. In fact, Episodes I-III are so universally reviled it makes you wonder if they were Lucas' way of getting back at society for not embracing Howard the Duck.
GM mid-sizers have not been widely vilified, although their somewhat innocuous stature does make them perfect locations for a secret rebel base. This 1999 Pontiac Grand Am SE represents the marque's 5th and final iteration, and probably a car you would consider as dispensable as any Death Star attacker not named Luke or Han.
But perhaps not this one. Homage cars are weird and wonderful, and it takes a big sack to wear one's nerd affiliation proudly in paint. This 180-bhp, 3.4-litre V6-powered Pontiac offers just that opportunity, as it is covered in Star Wars murals.
If you are a huge fan of the seminal Sci-Fi films, then this might just be the perfect accompaniment to your Clone Snores sheets and Empire Strikes Backless thongs. You've got Luke and his dad (oops, spoiler alert) going at it lightsaber style on the hood, Han and a very sexy looking Chewbacca riding what appear to be exercise bikes on a rear fender, and Leia packing a ruby red blaster on the boot lid.
The thing of it is - not to cast dispersions on the talents of the artists who created this one of a kind Grand Am - but it appears to have been do so by someone who has never seen any of the films, perhaps based solely on someone else's description. I mean, Han looks more like Rocky Balboa than Han Solo, Princess Leia's famous bun roll hair looks like a sad spiral dog turd earmuff, and the X-wing between the tail lights has a superfluous third engine thrown in for good measure. They got it right on the side, what went wrong in the back?
The car underneath the Star Wars paint job looks to be about as serviceable as you could want from a Grand Am of modest age, and is said to sport 130,000
parsecs miles on its clock.
Despite the questionable talent of its obviously eager and reverent creator, it's pretty much unlikely that you are going to find another car that celebrates Star Wars in such high fashion. Considering that the price setters at Edmunds and KBB put this model at around $2,500 with its factory coat, you might consider that the seller's $2,200 price tag gets you the car at a discount, and the homage for free.
What do you think, is this Space 1999 Grand Am worth parting with $2,200? Or, is the force not strong with this one?
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