It's common to think what convertible cars roof systems are made by the same company of production, but in the most of the cases is not.
Often are external companies who are in charge of project parts for convertible cars,one of the most famous is the American Speciality Cars, in Warren ( Michigan).
Among the many cars which have benefited of their engineering help there's the Chevrolet Camaro convertible and the Mitsubishi Eclipse spyder.
In 2004, this company decided to be more ambitious and produce a car fully projected in its own, so at The second Specials Vehicles Forum organized by car magazine Autoweek they presented a new, special, Chevrolet SSR called Diamondback
The purpose of this project were to demonstrate the various functions of the carbon fiber components they applied on a not supposed high performance pick up.
The whole upper part of the car was built in carbon fiber, the same material was used for the front spoiler, placed right down the bumper, for the rear splitter, the rearview mirrors and for the cover panel of the plan, this last part was featured with a spoiler for improve aerodynamic performances.
Others aesthetics add were the inox steel exhaust system, with the two pipes endings placed on the lower sides of the car, and BF Goodrich G-Force tyres with alloy Bundick wheels.
The interiors, were made with carbon fiber elements, and had optional like an Alpine sound system and Corbeau five seats belt points, sport seats.
The mechanical was also redone, new sport suspension and new Brembo disk brakes, were only a few of the modifications made to improve the performance of the powerful GM LS2 small block 6.0 liter V8 ran by a manual Tremac M10 gearbox.
The car was well received by the public, giving to this American company, at the time in full expansion, a good chance to show their capacity.
Thanks to Valentina Zanola for the translation