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Chevrolet SSR

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A sport truck produced by Chevrolet from 2003-2006. Featured retro styling, rear-wheel drive, a V8 engine, a retractable hardtop, and permanent hard tonneau cover.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Chevrolet SSR page on 29 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Chevrolet SSR (Super Sport Roadster) is a retractable hardtop convertible pickup truck manufactured by Chevrolet between 2003 and 2006.

The 2003 and 2004 model years used General Motors' 5.3 L 300 hp Vortec 5300 V8. Performance was 7.7 seconds for 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) with a 15.9 s/86.4 mph quarter mile run. The 2005 SSR used the 390 hp (291 kW) LS2 V8 also found in the C6 Corvette, Trailblazer SS, and Pontiac GTO, and also offered a manual transmission option, the six-speed Tremec, for the first time.

For the 2006 model year, the LS2 engine featured minor modifications that boosted its output to 395 hp (automatic transmission) and 400 hp (manual), respectively. Performance improved dramatically with the LS2, the 6-speed manual version had an advertised 0-60 mph time of 5.29 seconds. In addition, GM badges were added to the vehicle.

The SSR's "retro" styled design was inspired by Chevrolet's late-1940s Advance Design trucks, in particular the 1947–1955 pickups. The vehicle rode on a GM368 platform specific to it, a version of the period's highly adaptable GMT360, and featured a steel body retractable hardtop designed by Karmann and built by ASC. The body of the truck, namely the front fenders, were made with deep draw stampings, a forming technique that had not been used in automotive stampings in decades, and required a "relearning" of the forming technique. The production model was based on the SuperSport Roadster concept car shown at the 2000 Detroit Auto Show. An early-production SSR was the pace car for the 2003 Indianapolis 500 auto race.


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Chevrolet SSR Photo ©2003 Heidi Walczak
2003 Chicago Auto Show
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Chevrolet SSR 2004 Checker Auto Parts 500
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Chevrolet SSR NASCAR Pace Trucks 2004 Checker Auto Parts 500
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Custom 2004 Chevrolet SSR Custom 2004
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Custom 2004 Chevrolet SSR Custom 2004
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2006 Chevrolet SSR 2006
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2006 Chevrolet SSR 2006
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2006 Chevrolet SSR 2006
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Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast x5 - kidconnection 15279-1601GM ConceptSmall scale, light blue 2001 Buick Bengal Concept, blue 2000 Chevrolet SSR Concept, yellow 2001 Pontiac Rev Concept, pewter 2001 Cadillac Vizon Concept, light blue 2001 GMC Terracross Concept
Die Cast x2 - Maisto 15080-16012000 Chevrolet SSR Concept/Chrysler Panel CruiserMotor Works, small scale, dark blue SSR, dark blue Panel Cruiser
Die Cast - Maisto 21001-1601Power Racer, 1:43 scale, dark blue Chevrolet SSR
Die Cast - Matchbox 95262-0910Chevrolet SSRKids' Cars of the Year, small scale, dark blue
Die Cast - Matchbox K9480-0910Chevy SSRMBX Metal, small scale, lime green
Die Cast - Matchbox L5037-0910Chevy SSRMBX Metal, small scale, metallic orange
Model Kit - Revell 85-7691Chevy SSR1:25 scale


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