The Chevrolet SSR, because forgetting the past is just plain rude

The Chevrolet SSR (Super Sport Roadster) is a door to the past. Its styling cues come straight from the Chevrolet Advanced Design series. The small round circular headlights, the strip grille, and large wheel wells all distinguish itself from any other truck. You could never confuse the SSR with another truck in the world.

Out of the 24,150 units produced, 24,112 were sold to the public for a hefty $42,000, and owners find it worth every penny. To quote some SSR owners:

Some vehicles are born as instant classics. This is one of them.

In the past 10 years not a one automotive maker has made me turn my head, stop dead in my tracks and say “I’ve got to have one of those”!! I am the proud owner of an SSR with 24,112 of them made I own a piece of Amercian Automotive History.

The SSR is a piece of American automotive history, a one of a kind, an homage to it’s great grand daddy, to a simpler time past, and never to be repeated.

The 03-04 model years came with a 5.3l 300hp V8, while the 05-06 model year came with the base Corvette’s 6.0l 390hp V8. At 4760 pounds, that’s not so great. However, that’s not a problem because RSI tuning have made two performance packages for it. The minor package offers to up the SSR to 500hp, and the second package offers a sweet 600hp. That doesn’t even include the supercharger they also sell. If performance is one of your main reasons to not buy an SSR, your problem is solved.

It offers seating for two, and a standard retractable hardtop. Miles per gallon is 19 highway and 15 city, which shouldn’t be a problem if the $40k price tag wasn’t.

Many find the SSR ugly, but they never realized what this truck is. This truck is rare, easily identifiable, and unique. It’s the modernized retro Chevy truck. It’s what the 1947-55 truck would be if it was made now. If you asked me a month ago what I thought of this truck, I’d laugh. If you asked me now, after I’ve done some research and listened to some Chevrolet SSR owners, I’d have a story to tell you.


8 Responses to “The Chevrolet SSR, because forgetting the past is just plain rude”

  1. September 15, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Thanks for the research and the fun of talking to you. You will find the SSR Fanatics are pretty dedicated to their Trucks. I still think you will get a Ride real soon. Check out Jay Leno’s Garage and look up Helvis. This SSR is Cherry. Helvis is the name of the Truck. You can also post what you think of the Truck and at the same time perhaps promote your Site.

  2. 2 woohoo
    September 15, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Good for you. You got it right this time. As to the price tag,anything that can make an old lady feel 16 again is worth every penny. 🙂

  3. 3 Roger
    September 16, 2008 at 1:19 am

    Nice job on your blog. There are far greater numbers of people who love the looks of the SSR than those who think it is ugly. You would have to own one to understand. People constantly stop you and ask questions, take pictures, and on and on. Yes there are some that don’t like the looks at all…you can’t please everyone, but my personal opinion is at least 90% of the people that see one, love it.

    Don’t overlook how practical the SSR is either. This is the ONLY vehicle that I know of that has its own storage compartment for the retractable roof. When it is down you have not taken away any of your storage space. And that is about 22 cu ft. of SECURE space. Great for trips top up or down.

    Best to ya…


  4. 4 Mikey
    September 16, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Great article Guyon! The quotes were a great touch!

  5. 5 BlueStreak
    September 18, 2008 at 12:35 am

    now that is the truck I know and drive. I need to learn more about the RSI tune, but that might get me into trouble. I think the 390-400 hp is plenty. Thanks for the research and goold luck in your future. I hope you get a ride in one of theese real soon.

  6. 6 theautomotivation
    September 18, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    RSI’s website seems to not exist anymore. The Wayback machine does show that it did exist for sure, but since its front page was just a flash intro, that really doesn’t give us much information. http://web.archive.org/web/ (Search for: http://www.racingsolutionsinc.com/)

    Articles about it (Extremely similar to each other): http://www.trucktrend.com/roadtests/performance/163_0407_2004_chevrolet_ssr/index.html

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