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Based on the wildly acclaimed Super Sport Roadster (SSR) concept vehicle first publicly shown on the Chevrolet stand at the 2000 North American Auto Show in Detroit, the production SSR was released for sale for the 2003 model year. Heightening the excitement around its launch, the SSR was also selected as the official Pace Car of the 2003 Indianapolis ‘500’ race.
Edgy, yet clearly paying homage to Chevy’s landmark 1947-53 pickup-truck lines, the SSR reached production with its show-car styling cues intact and relatively unchanged, with the exception of the relocation side mirrors from the concept’s upper A-pillars to the production vehicle’s doors, added side-marker lights, and the elimination of the sweeping metallic band from the concept vehicle’s tailgate. The SSR’s huge fenders were the product of considerable innovation, thanks to a new process developed by Fuji Dietec, using deep-draw Grade 5 steel in the “inverted toggle draw” process, in which the fenders were stamped with up to 18 inches of depth. While Chevrolet already possessed experience with composite panels for the Corvette, it instead utilized steel sheet metal for the SSR’s body, which was mounted to a modified TrailBlazer EXT frame with hydroformed steel side rails.
Power was initially delivered by GM’s 395-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-8 engine and four-speed automatic transmission. Underpinnings included rack-and-pinion steering gear, four-wheel disc brakes, and unequal-length control-arm front suspension and rear five-link setup. However, despite the SSR’s styling and mechanical prowess, its ASC-supplied power-retractable hardtop, which raises or lowers in just 60 seconds, never fails to amaze all onlookers, converting the SSR from snug hardtop to open roadster. Updates for subsequent model years included availability of the wicked 6.0-liter LS2 V-8 engine, an aluminum unit developing 395 horsepower, with performance significantly boosted in the process.
Never a high-production vehicle, the SSR was only produced through 2006; all never fail to generate attention wherever one is spotted. Finished in rare Redline Red over Ebony upholstery, this special-order example from 2005 features the 395-horsepower LS2 V-8, mated to the GM 4L65E four-speed automatic (M32) transmission. A 50-state emissions-legal model, it is equipped with a front license-plate bracket plus the 1SB Preferred Equipment Group, consigning of: the Memory Package including the seats and radio, Homelink, an engine cover insert, heated driver and passenger seats, electrochromic mirrors, AM/FM stereo with in-dash 6-CD changer, and the Bose Premium Sound System. Purchased by the Consignor on 8-12-2005 and offered complete with a copy of the order form, this 2005 SSR is an ideal modern classic on all counts.