Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Fantastick: 2005 Chevrolet SSR 6-Speed

Chevy fans had good reason to mourn when the Camaro ceased production in 2002.  If you wanted a sporty, inexpensive, manual, rear-wheel drive, V8-powered ride with a bowtie emblem, you were out of luck.  That is unless you were willing to go retro. Find this 2005 Chevy SSR for sale in Berwick, ME for $22,500 via craigslist.


Based on the Chevy Trailblazer, the SSR was a super-stylized model from a period when retro was the rage.  Reminiscent of 40's and 50's era pickups, the SSR was an attempt to create a niche where there wasn't one before.  Not quite fast enough to be a muscle car, useless as a pickup and room for only one passenger, this vehicle was all about its unique image.  During a brief production run from 2003 through 2006, fewer than 25,000 examples ever found a home.  


Ten years later, good examples of these trucks can still be found and this is one of them.  The desirable 6-speed manual transmission is present in this one, as well as a black on black color scheme.  Further sweetening the deal is the 6.0 LS2 engine.  This mill replaced the 5.3 Vortec from the prior year, bumping up power from 300 to 390 horses!


Prices for these trucks seem to be holding steady.  Expect them to command more in the future, as this is just the sort of vehicle that tends to reach collector status.  Buy this pickup as a fair-weather cruiser and keep it nice.  You might just find a classic in your garage someday. 


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12 comments:

  1. I recall driving one of these, it was a truly '60s experience. The cowl shake and general feeling of structural wobbliness was straight out of a past era.

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  2. I just remember being appalled at how enormous these things are. At 3/4 scale, they might have been cool. Maybe we should give one to Smokey Yunick, and then turn our backs....

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    1. They're not actually that huge, they're smaller than a Lightning. That isn't to say they FEEL smaller than a Lightning.

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    2. I'm with you Bobinott. Thought they were cool until I stood in front of one at a dealership, couldn't help but think how wide they were.

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  3. I didn't realize you could get these with a stick. Unfortunately that 's the entire list of cool things about this. It's shitty as a car, it's shitty as a truck, it has that weird bubble pretend to be retro thing going on, and I personally find them hideous. If someone wanted to give this to me I'd be happy, I'd also be ripping the drive train out and scrapping the body. And I'd scrap it by throwing it in the back of a real truck.

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  4. I've never seen someone under 65 driving one of these.

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    1. This, and the Prowler.

      The sub-AARP ownership contingent for either is the exception that proves the rule.

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  5. I think the worst thing about the prowler was when the did a show car with a jeep v8. They said it bolted right it. So why didnt it come that way? It wouldnt have mattered if it wasnt any quicker or it handled worse. Ok it probably would have still been lame, but it wouldnt have been v6 hot rod lame.

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  6. I think the worst thing about the prowler was when the did a show car with a jeep v8. They said it bolted right it. So why didnt it come that way? It wouldnt have mattered if it wasnt any quicker or it handled worse. Ok it probably would have still been lame, but it wouldnt have been v6 hot rod lame.

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    1. V6 and mandatory automatic hot rod lame.

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  7. Dats a clown car

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  8. A friend of ours had one of these and my wife accidentally backed into the rear corner last year. Finding a rear fender panel and rear bumper fascia for this thing was next to impossible. Insurance company said GM had one in the U.S. and one in Canada and the cost was insane for an OEM part of this age... just over $4,100 just for the fender piece alone allegedly. Rep said he's never seen anything like it on an American car... outside of replacing a carbon fiber hood on a 2015 Dodge Viper.

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