2005 Chevrolet SSR
6 Speed SSR
2005 Chevrolet SSR
- 6.0L V8
- 6 Speed Manual Transmission
- 37k Miles
- Black Over Black Interior
- Power Convertible Hard Top
- Flow Master Exhaust
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“Chevy has taken steps for 2005 to give the SSR what it deserved from the start—a big honking engine and a manual transmission.” - Car and Driver, April 2004
Car and Driver continued highlighting the key changes—most notably the larger engine and the available 6-speed manual transmission—in the second-generation SSR: “The 5.3-liter V-8 has been replaced with a 6.0-liter LS2 V-8 that churns out 390 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. It's the same engine found under the hood of the Corvette and the Pontiac GTO, although in those cars it's tuned to crank out another 10 horses. A four-speed automatic also found in the Corvette is the standard transmission, but for an extra $815 there's a Tremec M10 six-speed manual. The combination of this engine and the six-speed tranny gives the SSR some rabid bite to go along with an already hairy bark. … Chevrolet also enhanced a few other things in the revised SSR, most notably the steering system, which now has a retuned valve assembly and new bearings and seals for more precise on-center feel and a reduction in steering effort."
A 2005 Chevrolet magazine ad for the SSR put it simply: “Same beauty. More beast.”
Offered here is a black-on-black 2005 SSR that has been kept in near-new condition. Showing only some 37,000 miles on its odometer, or roughly just 2,300 miles per-year, this is a true low-mileage example. As its Carfax demonstrates, this SSR has received regular maintenance over its life.
The condition of the exterior black paint is excellent across every body panel; the gloss is uniform and free of wear or damage. Black was an outstanding choice to showcase the curvaceous design of this unique offering from Chevrolet. The red highlights—from the bright red “bowtie” emblem up front, the single red pinstripe on both sides, to another red bowtie and red “R”—offer just the right touch of flair. There is no sign of wear or imperfections on the convertible-top panels, or any other body panel for that matter. The roof operates perfectly for top-drown driving in this one-of-a-kind convertible-sport-pickup. The tasteful trim piece on the grille and the brushed-metal-finish, half-moon door handles add lovely design touches. Lighting lenses—including on the rear LED lights—are clear and free of damage; cabin glass is also pristine. Flawless-condition, factory chrome split-spoke 20-inch wheels (unique to the SSR), with bowtie-emblem center caps, are mounted with Cooper performance tires.
Inside, the well-designed black interior theme is accented with brushed metal trim on the dash, steering wheel, doors, and console. Black cabin carpeting is protected with “SSR”-embroidered carpet mats. Leather upholstery has been very well maintained and shows only light creasing, but no rips or tears. The driver-oriented analog instruments are fronted by the sport-design steering wheel with thumb controls. In the center-dash position, the factory-installed premium audio unit remains in place above three brushed-metal knobs controlling the HVAC. Farthest forward on the console are three engine-monitoring gauges, with the 6-speed shifter featuring brushed-metal knob and surrounding trim, just behind. Every surface in the cabin, from the instrument and control markings to the trim, is undamaged and free of even minor scrapes. The same is true for the rear cargo area where the “SSR”-branded black carpeting appears to have never held much cargo.
Under the hood, the fuel-injected 6.0-liter, aluminum-block, V8 engine is a commanding presence beneath its “SSR”-branded cover. Delivering 390 horsepower, this performance engine is capable of propelling the SSR from 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds. (Be sure to sample the SSR's engine note in the accompanying video; the Flowmaster dual-exhaust system delivers real music.) Nothing is out of place in the showroom-clean engine compartment. In the same way, viewed from below, every metal surface is clean, undamaged, and free of any sign of rust.
The exemplary condition of this Chevy SSR is faithfully presented from every angle (including from below) in the more than 155 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available at the GarageKeptMotors site. That said, we always encourage in-person, up-close inspections by interested parties at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. We ask only appointments be made in advance by phone or email so that we can devote our full attention to our visitors and this virtually perfect SSR. Our showroom is not open to the public. We are, of course, happy to answer questions by phone or email.
None other than the experts at Hagerty recently headlined a review of the SSR with: “... the retro sport truck Chevrolet SSR is a hot collector.” While collectability is certainly one of the many positives of the second-generation SSRs, its clever design, powerful engine-transmission setup, handling, and eye-popping performance all combine to make this a very enjoyable and unique performer out on the road.