One Year Winners
In the world of automobiles, setting up an assembly line, creating tools and dies, and producing a new model takes a significant amount of work. This is one of the reasons why so many cars are made for several production years before major changes are made. Despite the work that goes into producing a car model, automakers have been known to occasionally create one-hit wonders – cars that were produced for only one year. Many times the cars were big losers on the lots, but in some cases the single year production cars were big winners. Here is a short list:
2009 Pontiac G8 GXP
Technically, yes, the G8 was around for two model years, but the real rarity was the GXP model which was designed for speed and performance. Pontiac produced fewer than 2,000 of them before GM financial debacle that ended with the shuttering of the brand.
1959 Dodge Challenger Silver
Like the G8, there were several model years, but the first Dodge Challenger was only made for one year and put on hold until the actual release in 1970. The Dodge Silver Challenger was a two-door that only came in its namesake color. Anyone who wanted one could have extra features, like white wall tires, deep pile carpet, and luxury interior fabrics, too. This Dodge Challenger came with a 6-cylinder or a V8.
1973 Chevelle SS Wagon
The Chevelle will forever be known as a muscle car with the right power under the hood, and in 1973, Chevy brought the SS badge to a wagon. It only lasted for one year, but Chevy did it right by putting a big V8 under the hood and a mid-grade Malibu interior. This is the only utilitarian wagon to ever wear the SS name.
1987 Buick Grand National GNX
For one exquisite year, Buick built the Grand National Experiment with the help of McLaren Performance Technologies. The GNX recorded 245 horsepower and a 0 to 60 time of 4.3 seconds. The car included a turbocharged engine and added torque for one amazing ride. You know you have real one when you see the unique serial number on the dash. Number one still belongs to Buick and it occasionally makes appearances at auto shows around the world.