Of coarse the Kaapa is on this list. How could you not notice it, a 2 seat roadster from GM. It's not for everyone however. Yes the Kappa can hold it's value over the years. Yes it is a niche market car limited production run. Yes you can find some great deals out there, for the prospective new buyer, looking for something completely different than the norm. Yes it does attract a lot of attention. $ for $ match up, what compares with it? MX5 would be the bench mark. The new 124 is a result of that. 4 cylinder under 30k with 260hp? Not many that I know of, but if your like me, best bang for your buck, hands down winner, imho.
Will it be a classic? Maybe time will tell on that. Different strokes, for different folks. The appeal we have as owners is one thing. We are in the know about the model, we have biased view somewhat. Yes we all have had different cars in our lifetime, to compare our Kappa to. To me... it was just the right car for me, to have fun in, at this point in my life. How many other drivers out there that you see, have that smile on their face as we do?
The Sol Coupe is interesting here, the one true hard top version of our platform. That puts it, in a different category than the vert version of the Kappa, a different buyer group imo. The different special edition models, on both the Pontiac/Saturn kappa have a certain appeal to a buying group too.
Base/RL GXP / V8 The DD to the weekend cruiser to the track day demon, it fits the bill in all of these depts. Whether your sitting in bumper to bumper traffic, be a jerk gotta be at work, or carving up some twisty's just for the hell of it, or surprising a German special deep into turn 5 by out braking him to the apex, you get what you pay for in this model. It is what it is. Quirky? Cheap? Prone to have problems? Yup all those boxes have been checked off the list.
Looks cool? You bet it does. Attention getter? lol a no brainer. Cost an arm or leg? Sometimes but for the most part no. For it's production run I would say, yes it is a " survivor " after all these years. Some people don't get it. Some do we have all seen the reaction to our car when we pull up, and the gawkers drool over it. New buyers of the Kappa recently have said, I've been looking at it for years, since they first came out, now after almost 11 years. Did GM make a mistake with killing the companies who made our little gem? Yeah imo but then again I'm just Average Joe consumer, who his willing to spend his money, on what I want to drive right now. On a scale of 1-10, in my driving experiences, with the cars I have had to compare it with, I would give it, the Kappa a 8 maybe an 8.5 on where I would rank it. That's just me, your results will vary. Sort of like, "objects are closer than they appear " no sh*t, if he's that close to my bumper, maybe I am not stepping down on the right pedal enough. There that is better... no longer closer to me, more like a distant speck in my rear view mirror! Yes I do feel better about that.
When I bought mine, I traded an HHR for it. I was getting run over, by the nuts on the D.C. Beltway 495, so I decided right then and there, to improve my odds just a bit. While an F1 car was out of my price range, I bought this instead. I knew right away, I had a fighting chance once again, I can get out of trouble with this car, just as fast as I got in to trouble. We have lost many many cars over the years, and the numbers are going up at an alarming rate these days. You breath on it, $1K body shop visit a given. You sneeze at it, it could be done... totaled we have seen that too. Can this car take a hit and keep it's owner alive? Yeah with any accident any car can survive, or not. Is it your day to die? Let's hope not. We all have been in close shaves with some car, where we thought, this is it. will I survive? Yes you can, thanks to a few guys, way back when who said, we can build this and make it work. We now know this to be true, from all those smiling faces we see on owners out there, every time we go for a drive in it. Thanks GM for one hell of a ride. Not a bad little car, that many car owners/drivers have no clue about, even after 11 years.
Last edited by LAC Sky; 03-11-2017 at 08:34 AM.