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General Motors have been responsible for some of the biggest names in high-performance collectable cars: Chevrolet Corvette. Chevy Camaro. Pontiac GTO. Saturn Sky? When people think about the Saturn lineup, they will probably think about the bulk of the brand’s cars as being inexpensive cars. They likely won’t think turbocharged, flat turning roadster. That’s exactly what the 2007 Saturn Sky Red Line owned by Shelly and Glen Hauk is. Of all of the car’s featured in a Custom Cruise Friday post, the Saturn Sky Red Line is easily in the running for being the most ahead of it’s time.
“It hasn’t aged,” Shelly said. “It doesn’t look like a 10-year-old car.”
She certainly has nailed that point.
Patience is a virtue
Like the winding roads the Sky was built to carve up, the story surrounding Shelly and Glen acquiring the 2007 Sky Red Line is anything but linear. The couple’s automotive odyssey begins in around 2005 and the couple is in the market to shed their Pontiac Grand Am after all the little Hauks have left the nest. Originally, Shelly had decided she wanted that year’s Ford Mustang; and as it often does, fate intervened in the way of a recent issue of an automotive magazine. Inside, there was a brief spread about an Opel car on display at a European auto show. There was a note at the bottom, the car would appear in North America as a Saturn. However, just because fate had spoken, the Hauks may have overlooked the first sign.
Still searching for a Mustang, the pair stopped at a now shuttered Saturn dealership and inquired about the upcoming Skyline. Almost immediately, they were hooked and placed a deposit and were subsequently placed on a waiting list. Fate, or other factors, depending on whether its Shelly or Glen who is telling the story, again changed history and the Hauks were moved up the waiting list. The dealership was able to bring in two versions of the Sky Line, a red model which had all the features the Hauks wanted when they paid their earnest money and one that was built to dealer spec.
“We definitely wanted the red one,” Shelly said.
While they were waiting, Shelly would stop by the dealership and chat with the affable owner. When the car finally arrived, she had it wrapped up as a surprise to Glen; even though it was her car.
“They tarped the car to surprise Glen,” Shelly said. “In the front seat I put a bottle of champagne and two glasses to celebrate.”
What does it have under the hood?
The 2007 Saturn Sky Red Line is vastly different from the standard model or even the Pontiac Solstice. First, the 2007 Sky Red Line is the only year which has a two-tone red/black interior like Shelly’s car. Also, it featured a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder 260-horse power engine with a fairly impressive intercooler. Combine that spirited power plant with rear wheel drive and a fairly low curb weight and its recipe for a fun-to-drive car.
“If you take the traction control off you can light up the tires,” Glen said. “It does get squirrely in first and second (gears).”
Helping focus some of that power density is the special performance-tuned suspension that was unique to the Sky Red Line.
“I can go hard around corners,” Glenn said. “(The body) doesn’t lean. It corners really flat.”
Taking care of a (possible) future classic
Time will tell if the 2007 Saturn Sky Red Line will become a collectable like its Corvette and Camaro cousins from Chevrolet. Owning a collectable car is not why the Hauks own the Sky Red Line. They drive it regularly, during the driving season from when the snow melts until Remembrance Day (and not a minute later.) However, regular maintenance and cleanings are standard operating procedure for Glen and Shelly.
“When I die my coworkers will probably put, ‘She always had the cleanest car’ on my headstone,” Shelly said.
The other clean jokes surrounding Shelly’s Sky Red Line is that she must own stake in a car wash. Little do they know she does. In the event any dirt should stick to the car throughout the day, Glen will wash the car every night. When Shelly leaves for work in the morning, the Sky Red Line is spotless.
If you have a classic, modern classic or otherwise interesting vehicle that you think would make a good Custom Cruise Friday feature, contact Don Wheaton Brand Manager, Melina Kawecki by email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include some photos and important information. Vehicle owners can also call the dealership, 780-439-0071.