2003 Chevrolet SSR Convertible 4,451 Orig Miles
4,451 Original Miles
4,451 original miles. Clean CarFax, totally stock, not modified. All options except chrome wheels . Everything works, everything is in excellent condition, ready to enjoy.
If you squint, you can certainly see design cues from the Advance Design pickups introduced in 1948, but the SSR has its own personality—it's not merely a retro car. It's sleeker, lower, and longer, of course, and while the bulging fenders are very much a nod to the past, the pointed nose, smooth flanks, and beautifully designed bed are all quite modern. The SSR was an experiment for GM to develop the tooling to do deep-draw composite panels like the front and rear fenders, and their smooth, ripple-free flanks show off the results of that effort. The paint is 100% original and in great shape, the doors open and close with a precision that they couldn't have imagined in 1948, and the grille definitely has an old-school look. If you want attention, there still aren't many better ways to get it than with an SSR.
The black leather interior is more Camaro than pickup truck, and they skipped the retro stuff here and went right for state-of-the-art. Supportive bucket seats grab you and hold you in place, because this is a pickup that loves to hustle around corners. The fat leather-wrapped wheel has four beefy spokes that have controls for the entertainment system and information center, and the big, aluminum shifter knob feels indestructible in your hand. SSRs came only one way: loaded, so this one has all the goodies, ranging from ice cold A/C to power windows, locks, mirrors, and seats, to a killer AM/FM/CD stereo system that fills the 2-seat cabin with sound, top up or top down. And speaking of the top, it's really a rather remarkable piece of engineering. Simply press the button and it unlatches itself from the header and slides back into a slot between the cab and the bed, disappearing under a flush-fitting tonneau. It takes about 20 seconds, and suddenly you're in the coolest tanning booth ever made. The bed is still a pickup bed, big enough to handle big stuff, but with a hinge-mounted weatherproof hard shell on top and full carpets and teak rub rails, it's really too beautiful to haul drywall. Instead, think of it as the world's biggest trunk.
All early SSRs are equipped with the same 5.3 liter V8, which is plenty adequate for the 2-seat pickup. With 300 horsepower on tap, it feels punchy around town but with a deep overdrive gear, it just loafs along at highway speeds. As a member of the LS family, there are surely plenty of performance modifications available, but this one remains 100% stock, right down to the factory tags, markings, and fasteners. It's very nicely preserved, looking very OEM under the hood and wearing a plastic intake shroud that's unique to the SSR. It cleans things up under the hood. Reliable GM engineering means that it should run virtually forever, and while this truck has low miles, it doesn't have 0, so it has been properly exercised to keep everything in top condition and all the fluids have been changed according to time, not mileage. Turn the key and it fires instantly and idles smoothly without fussing, and you can drop it into gear and go without a moment's hesitation. It's a cool toy vehicle that actually works like a real car! Forget building a hot rod, this SSR does all the same things with engineering that you could never duplicate in your garage.
Handling is still crisp and you'll be surprised by how eager this truck is to change direction, even with a rigid truck axle out back. The transmission is a quick-thinking 4-speed automatic overdrive unit and there are 3.73 gears out back that really give it quick reflexes on the street. The exhaust system has a great rumble that's definitely muscle car aggressive and as you can see in the photos, the underside is pretty darned clean. You'll also find a giant disc brake at each corner, which give this pickup incredible stopping power, especially when paired with the giant 255/45/19 front and 295/40/20 rear Goodyear RS-A run-flat radials on unmarked factory alloy wheels.
We'll probably never see any domestic automaker build anything like this SSR ever again. It's also the ideal hobby vehicle, especially if you simply want something you and the wife can get in, go, and have fun. A/C, good fuel economy, safety equipment, and modern road manners all mean it's as easy to use as your daily driver, but the outrageous look and retractable top mean that it will be welcome at shows for decades to come. Frankly, owning a cool car (or truck) doesn't get much better than this. A painless, fun way to get into the hobby. Call today!