• Mar 21, 2006
Last Friday GM’s Craft Centre plant built the 24,150th Chevrolet SSR retro hotrod pickup. The Trailblazer-based SSR had been produced for three years at Craft Centre but never caught on much with consumers due to its lack of practicality for a truck and, at least initially, the lack of available grunt from its standard 5.3L Vortec V8 and four-speed automatic to get the thing going. The latter was remedied when Chevy began offering the $40,000 truck with its 400-hp, 6.0L LS2 V8 and a six-speed manual.

Much of the design and production of the SSR was handled by convertible and engineering specialist ASC and then handed over to GM’s Craft Centre.

RIP SSR


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Just got my 2006 SSR this past weekend. Love it! Yeah, it's different. That was a big reason to get it. Vettes are a dime a dozen. As are mustangs, boxters, Z4's, eclipses', etc., etc., etc. Not to mention, this is the only one out of the bunch that holds two sets of golf bags and duffle bags to actually go away for a weekend with. (I would hate spending 40K+ on a car to straddle golf bags all the way to the course!) Anybody have any other options less than $65-70k for a hard-top convertible??? I know, the slow, boring new Pontiac G6 right? Give me a break! Hats off to Chevy for coming up with the SSR! Thank God, however, for the upgrades in '05 to the L2 engine. Never would have made the purchase without it! Now, I have a piece of history!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Chad
      I suppose"Cool" is in the eye of the beholder. Bet you got a fat check book? 40K is outrageous enough for a experiment in ugliness and a vehicle that is mostly useless in all aspects of automotive utility.
      Maybe Picasso might take a liking to it.
      No, I didn't follow the main stream when it comes automotive choice,being retired in a state of genteel poverty I purchased a KIA,SEPHIA over ten years ago and at that time most of the local yokels never saw one before. I told them that KIA stood for "KILARNEY IRELAND AUTOMOTIVE" and that only a few were made each year and it came in green only.
      I had more fun with that little $11,000 Sephia,(total included tax and license),than a lot of the fat wallet boys with a now extinct lemon. My little Kia is still buzzing right along and Kia is getting bigger and better every day,while GM is gasping for breath.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What a piece of crap.Only a retard with a big checkbook would find it cool.
      Ray Pruitt
      • 8 Years Ago
      I suppose that the 49K sticker price on the fully loaded version that I own was a bit excessive. However, I bought my 2005 after it was a year old (previously owned) and paid 32K with a mere 1,700 miles on it. What a deal, i love this vehicle. I chose the black model with the 6 speed trans and LS2 engine and it is a joy to drive. I agree that it may not be the hot rod that many other more popular vehicles are, but the very fact that such a small amount of them were made makes it even more special to me. I would rather own it than a vette because of the market saturation the vette has. The SSR turns heads everywhere it goes. And yes, it mostly stays in the garage because it is not my primary vehicle and I like it that way. In that fashion, every time I take it out it is a joy to drive, and I like it as much now as the day I bought it. Would not do anything different if I had it to do over again, one of the best car purchase choices I have ever made. For all you nay-sayers out there, don't knock it till you have experienced it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      To me, the big problem was indeed the price. I had an SSR site, and the day the price came out, viewership dropped from popular to barely alive, and I ended up folding the site into acarplace.com. The first engine choice was also a problem - I think for the $40K they could have sold a bunch iwth the 'Vette engine, but really I think if they had been able to make it for less, it would have sold.

      I don't know what development costs were, but doubt they were high enough for a real new RWD platform.

      The SSR was a blast to drive, one of the most fun cars out there, and the autosnobbery that consigned it to oblivion was uncalled for. You could get a LOT less for your $40,000 - a lot less fun in a car - quite easily.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yay! I'm special! I'm one of only a few dozen people!!!

      So anyway, I agree with Jason Boston. Its kind of a shame, it was such a nice, out-of-the-ordinary car. But I knew as soon as they announced the 40k+ price it was doom. Sad...

      Bud,
      Did it ever occur to you that 'cool' is a matter of opinion? Or are you just one of millions that follow the crowd, don't think for themselves, and decide what's cool based on everybody else's opinion? To me and the few other dozens who liked this car, it was cool.

      Eric,
      Thats probably just a manuf defect in his particular truck. Can't say for sure though, but that would just be pathetic if it wasn't.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I purchase my 2004 SSR 1 year ago used for 29K with 4K miles on it. Its Prototype Purple just like the Chevy Prototype SSR, a color that disappeared quick. I LIKE IT!

      My SSR will beat any factor Mustang and most older stock VETTES and lots of street tuners. The LM4 Gen III engine is the same bottom end as a NEW VETTE. Six bolt mains and all. I swapped over the top end to ALL ZO6 PERFORMANCE PARTS, 2.1 INTAKE, 1.8 EXHAUST SODIUM FILLED VALVES AT 12 DEGREES, PORTED AND POLISHED, COILED SPRINGS AND ROLLER TOP AND BOTTOM. ZO6 CAM WITH .500 LIFT AND .260 DURATION. STROKED IT 9MM SO THAT BETWEEN THE HEAD WITH BIGGER CHAMBERS AND THE STOKING I HAVE A 350cid AND 9:1 COMPRESSION! THAT WITH A MAGNACHARGER WITH A FUEL PUMP DIGITAL CONTROL SYSTEM I MAKE ALMOST 500 RWHP AT 12 POUNDS OF BOOST. LETS NOT FORGET THE HEADERS AND FULL PERFORMANCE EXHAUST SYSTEM.

      I LOVE MY SSR AND I REALLY LOVE LEAVENING THESE LAID BACK IN THEIR SEATS SO YOU CAN'T SEE OUT THE WINDOWS WITH THE BACKWARDS HATS (REAL STUPID LOOK) IN THE DUST!!!!

      I LOVE MY SSR AND I THINK GM BUILT A GREAT RETRO VEHICLE!!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      The SSR weighs more than 1.5 X the prowler.
      The prowler was an experiment in aluminum manufacturing. 2780 lbs
      The SSR was an experiment in retractable hardtops. 4760 lbs
      A TON more poundage and a half decade more development.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #8 I love you're analogy, I couldn't have summed it up any better myself.
      • 8 Years Ago
      great looking, not practical..too expensive
      The problem was that most of those that wanted it couldnt afford it..most of them will end up in Flordia/California coast areas..
      Just like a sexy looking girl in a skin tight outfit..lots of lookers but few can afford the price and upkeep.
      • 8 Years Ago

      Take one last good look. The finacial situation GM is in now I think they maybe more conservetive from now on.
      The new Camaro needs to be built. GM should embrace its heritage and force good quality at all cost.
      GM has been side tracked too many times.
      Stick with vintage model names like Impala Belair Camaro and others. A new name for every new model doesn`t cut it. Build all cars to be winners.
      Labor cost?? That`s not so easy.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well it looks like there are a lot of jellus people out there who wish they could have one. Everything man made will have trouble, even the big dollar cars. so if you don't like it to bad, there sharp!!!!!
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