Junkyard Treasure: 2004 Pontiac Ambiance GT

The New United Motor Manufacturing plant in Fremont, The golden state, developed Toyota-derived equipment– badged as Toyotas, Chevrolets, Geos, and also Pontiacs– from 1984 with 2010, and also several of the really last automobiles that left the production line were Pontiac Feelings. The Ambiance, brother or sister to the Toyota Matrix, primarily functioned as a dull transport home appliance and/or fleet automobile, yet a factory-hot-rod GT variation can be bought. Today’s Junkyard Gem is among those unusual GTs, total with the almost unfamiliar six-speed handbook transmission, located in a self-service lawn in northeastern Colorado.

The normal Ambiance had 123 or 130 horse power, depending upon the variety of driven wheels, yet the Ambiance GT obtained the very same 1.8-liter 2ZZ engine that entered into the Celica GT-S.

180 horse power, which sufficed to make the 2,800- extra pound Ambiance GT stay on par with the 3,108- extra pound/215- steed Chrysler PT Cruiser Turbo that year. Regretfully, no race collection matching Ambiance GTs versus PT Cruiser Turbos and also Chevy HHR SSs on roadway programs ever before emerged … yet it’s not far too late.

The Ambiance GT has something you could not enter a PT Cruiser or Chevy HHR, though: a 6- rate handbook transmission as common tools. The six-speed was the only transmission supplied in the very early Ambiance GTs (an automated came to be a choice later on).

You’ll locate lots of three-pedal econoboxes from this period, since they were substantially less expensive than their slushbox-equipped equivalents, yet the Ambiance GT had lots of competitors from sportier-looking cars and trucks with hand-operated transmissions in2004 Few were offered.

This automobile is covered with horrible damages from golf-ball-sized hailstorm (all also typical in High Levels Colorado), so it might have been an insurance coverage total amount that no one desired at public auction.

Offered in Wyoming, will certainly be squashed in a surrounding state.

Gas for the heart.

The children, they adored the Ambiance (well, possibly not).


Toyota had right-hand-drive Matrixes brought over to Japan from Canada, yet a NUMMI-built variation of the Ambiance can be bought there for a couple of years. This was the Voltz, and also its marketing appears significantly agitated also by the requirements of Japanese automobile commercials.

The Matrix obtained some thumping advertisements in Canada, where the automobile was developed.

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