The Model - When Chevrolet released the SSR (Super Sport Roadster) in 2003, it was just a little bit anemic, to say the least. Yes, the Vortec V8 had 300 HP, but owners often complained this 4,700 lbs beast could hardly get out of its own way. That was resolved in 2005 with the introduction of the LS2 6.0L V8 that was teamed up with a potent supercharger and able to pump out 390 HP. Drawing on a design from the late 1940's when Chevrolet ruled the pickup market with their Advanced Design styling, the SSR took several cues with the bullnose hood, rounded fenders, and horizontal themed front grille. Running improvements were incorporated throughout the SSR's four-year life span and critics seem to agree, by the last year, this sporty truck was dialed-in and ready to shine. Considered an instant classic by its fans, they never really hit their stride in the world of sales, falling short of predetermined marks. Over the four years, production was right around the 25,000 mark, making them highly sought after collectibles today, especially the last of the breed, which were simply the best.
The Car - At least the folks in marketing had a good time with the SSR coming up with names like Smokin' Asphalt, Slingshot Yellow, Ricochet Silver and Redline Red, the color of this sharp little truck. SSR's were well equipped and this is no exception. The metal roof folds neatly behind the driver's seat and the tonneau covered pickup bed is available for carrying luggage or picnic supplies. Top up or top down, this SSR is ready for the road having been well maintained. Used but not abused, there are no signs of any body issues or repairs. Inside and out, it is immaculate and under the hood is all in order and ready to go. Whether you are looking for a fun time little cruiser with distinction, or a collection that is sure to gain collector interests in the not too distant future, this SSR really deserves a close inspection. This is truly a beauty that can pull double-duty as a light weight hauler or a vehicle to just have fun and show off with.