The Chevrolet SSR was a fascinating experiment the likes of which we may never see again. It handles like a Camaro, capable of hauling real stuff like a pickup, and has a folding hardtop like a European roadster - all of this wrapped in a V8 drivetrain. Throw in the low production numbers and a great full black appearance, and you have the recipe for an affordable and fun future classic.
If you've ever been admiring Chevy's classic Advance Design pickups of the '40s and '50s, you instantly understand the appeal of the SSR. After all, this retro machine mixes the legendary curvy style with modern streamlining. And speaking of slick style, that factory Smokin Asphalt black paint has the kind of original deep luster that instantly tells you this low-mileage car has been cherished for the last 14 years. And as you look closer at this example, you begin to see a few subtle upgrades that really add an aggressive side. The Chevy bow tie on the front and rear have been blacked-out and so have the running boards. The hood scoop and rear spoiler add some more subtle intimidation. Plus, we love the details, like how the parking lights and taillights have a cool flame-kissed presentation.
The black leather interior is the perfect complementing color for an ultra-desirable double black package that came from the factory. And it's easy to share it all with the world. Touch a button, and the trick folding hardtop disappears behind the seats – making this the coolest open-air truck since the Model A roadster pickup of the '30s. But while this might look retro, inside is anything but old school truck basic. It offers sculpted bucket seats, a color-matched center console, and every feature GM could dream up. Plus, this has been dressed up with extra brightwork on the dash to really give it added distinction. It's loaded with features, including power windows, power locks, power seats, cruise control, keyless entry, and an upgraded AM/FM/CD/DVD stereo system. And because the factory air conditioning is blowing cold, you can take the top down all year and remain cool. There's plenty of modern safety, too, with everything from front and side airbags to anti-lock brakes. The covered and locking bed now also has a thick rubber mat, so it's the perfect place to securely hold anything from your golf clubs to a Home Depot run.
The key to the SSR's performance image is the fuel-injected 5.3-liter V8, and this one takes its flashy role seriously with a ton of great brightwork upgrades in the tidy engine bay. This motor is related the GM's truck line, but it also has some lightweight performance characteristics, which seems like the perfect blend for this pickup/roadster. There are plenty of performance upgrades available for those who want to take it to the extreme, but with 300 hp on tap, it's already a performance machine right out of the box. So you have that perfect blend of sports car feeling and factory-correct reliability. Plus, the four-speed automatic transmission is perfect for overdrive cruising or a quick downshift into a wind-in-your-hair experience. Add in power steering, four-wheel disc brakes, and grippy Goodyear Eagle tires, and you won't be able to resist adding to the low mileage on the odometer.
This is the unique and fun machine that comes with the best features – all at an affordable price. So we call it a future classic, but we know you can't resist it today. Call now!!!