Kruse International and GM-sponsored Auctions Selected
The Chevy SSR Signature Series is comprised of the first 25 saleable vehicles produced. Since Spring, each has been developing a one-of-a-kind pedigree that helps chronicle its use up until the time it goes to auction.
The SSR Signature Series vehicles carry vehicle identification numbers (VINs) ending with numerals 000001 through 000025. Auto collectors and enthusiasts often consider vehicles with low numbers to be the most desirable. VIN #1 will be retained by General Motors as part of its historic collection. VIN #2 was donated by GM to the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Foundation who used the vehicle as a fundraiser for its Heinz C. Prechter Scholarship for Automotive Excellence. When that auction closed on May 5, 2003, the winning bid was $137,850.
Here is the auction calendar of events where the Signature Series SSRs will be offered:
August 30, 2003: Auburn, Indiana - Kruse / 33rd Annual Auburn Fall Collector Car Auction & Show
September 20, 2003: Fontana, California - Kruse / Collector Car Auction
September 27, 2003: Indianapolis, Indiana - Kruse / Indy Concour & Auction
October 11, 2003: Hershey, Pennsylvania - Kruse / Collector Car Auction
October 18, 2003: Santa Clara, California - Kruse / Annual Pacific Classic Collector Car Auction & Show
October 20, 2003: Orlando, Florida - Manheim's Florida Auto Auction of Orlando
October 23, 2003: Boston, Massachusetts - Adesa Boston
October 30, 2003: Chicago, Illinois - Manheim's Arena Auto Auction
November 4, 2003: Dallas, Texas - Manheim's Dallas Auto Auction
November 19, 2003: Fontana, California - Manheim's Southern California Auto Auction
November 22, 2003: Dallas, Texas - Kruse / 31st Annual Dallas Collector Car Show & Auction
January 3, 2004: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - Kruse / 30th Annual Collector Car Auction
January 31, 2004: Scottsdale, Arizona - Kruse / 33rd Annual Collector Car Auction & Show
Each Signature Series SSR has been involved in various high-profile activities around the country including music tours, the Indianapolis 500 and major street art exhibitions, among others. During their use, representatives of Chevrolet have been collecting memorabilia, photographs, autographs, news coverage and other keepsakes that document use of the vehicle. The collectibles pertaining to each Signature Series SSR will be placed in a special scrapbook and custom-designed metal "pedigree" box that will be provided with the vehicle when it is ultimately purchased.
"The SSR is a very unique vehicle and development of this Signature Series program is a creative way for us to introduce this exciting new Chevy product to as many people as possible," said Janet Eckhoff, marketing director for Chevy's mid-size trucks. "Each of these vehicles will have a history - a pedigree - that could never be duplicated. We're excited with the association we have made with Kruse International and the GM-sponsored auction houses to offer an opportunity to purchase these special vehicles."
All 25 of the Chevy SSR Signature Series vehicles are identical in appearance and content. In addition, they will feature content that will not be available on any other '03 model year SSR:
Ultra Violet paint.
A Signature Series badge on the "waterfall" interior panel between the bucket seat uppers. Each chromed badge will be numbered and "signed" by at least two GM or supplier team members directly associated with the SSR program
Silver stitching on the black leather-wrapped steering wheel and seats
Addition of the SSR logo on the vehicle's VIN plate
Signature Series badge on the tailgate
Body-color engine cover with silver insert and billet aluminum strips
Floor mats which include the SSR logo
Cargo compartment trim with wood strips, lights and drop-down storage.
What's a Chevy SSR? It's Part Roadster, Part Pickup
There is nothing else like the SSR in the market today. It's part roadster, part pickup and is a completely innovative expression of Chevy's proud heritage. A highlight of SSR's design is a unique power-operated retractable hardtop that stores vertically and out-of-sight between the passenger and rear stowage compartments.
The frame and chassis of the SSR are similar in design to Chevy's mid-size TrailBlazer family of sport utilities. All major exterior panels are of one-piece stamped steel. Under the hood is a new 300-horsepower, aluminum-block version of the Vortec 5300 (5.3-liter) small-block V-8 that drives the rear wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. Rounding out SSR's sporty street machine appearance are 19-inch front and 20-inch rear tires and wheels.
The 2003 Chevy SSR has a base manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $41,995 when regular retail production and shipment in limited quantities to Chevrolet dealers begins in summer 2003. Destination charge of $625 is included in the MSRP; tax title and license are not included.
The Chevy SSR is built at General Motors' Lansing (Mich.) Craft Centre. Current plans are to build approximately 14,000-15,000 units annually.
(August 25, 2003)