Pontiac Salsa Concept: 90s Styling, Modern Versatility
The early 1990s was a strange time for fashion and design. We had moved away from the sharp angles of the 80s, but the “Saved by the Bell” bright colors lingered. Perhaps that’s how we ended up with something as strange as the Pontiac Salsa. The 1992 Pontiac Salsa was conceived by GM’s SoCal-based Advanced Concept Center. The concept called for an athletic small car that had modular parts, allowing for multiple vehicles in one. The basic car was the convertible, which had a removable roof panel above the roll bar, and a removable rear top. The rear seat could fold down, and the rear floor panel could telescope aft, creating a small short-bet pickup. PHOTOS: See More of the 1992 Pontiac Salsa Concept
Another top allowed the vehicle to be a five passenger hatchback, while still another top turned the Salsa into a small panel van. This final configuration would have featured a liftback as opposed to the pullout panel.
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The Salsa enjoyed the obvious versatility of the multiple tops, but also the ride quality of a small, sporty car. Today, this is commonplace in the many, many crossovers found on the market, but in 1992, this kind of versatility was merely a pipe dream.
There is mention of a Hot Wheels version of this car showing up in a Demolition Man Hot Wheels Set, however to our knowledge, the Salsa did not appear in the movie– that would be the Pontiac Banshee, which was also included in the series of 12 cars.
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