CHEVROLET SSR WAS A PICKUP/HOT ROD MASHUP

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Occasionally, when freed from the constraints that come with designing modern family sedans or SUVs, mainstream carmakers can surprise us with startling vehicles. Sometimes, such efforts score a hit that becomes an icon, like the Dodge Viper. Even when niche models fail to turn auto-show excitement into showroom successes, though, we still admire them for keeping the enthusiast flame burning.

The 2004-06 Chevrolet SSR is a perfect example of the latter.

A Ferrari 360 Spider is more exotic, but it can't touch the SSR's ‘What the heck is that?’ magnetism.

Car and Driver magazine

Carmakers went on a California car culture-inspired nostalgia bender starting in the late 1990s that produced the 1997 Plymouth Prowler, ‘98 Audi TT, 2001 two-seat Ford Thunderbird and the SSR. The Chrysler PT Cruiser and Chevrolet HHR brought the trend to volume-production models.

The Prowler and SSR stand apart for attempting to bring the hot rod aesthetic to low-volume production. The results, however, came with compromises that fated both vehicles to cult status.

Read more at www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/Articles/2016/12/01/chevrolet-ssr

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