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Autotrader Find: 2006 Chevy SSR Race Parade Vehicle

I now present to you one of the finest Chevy SSRs in existence. You’re looking at a 2006 Chevy SSR finished in silver and black — or, as Chevy calls it, "Smokin’ Asphalt over Ricochet Silver" — with just 8,000 original miles. More importantly, this truck was used as a parade vehicle at the Allstate 400 in August 2005. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what we call provenance.

OK, maybe not: The August 2005 running of the Allstate 400 apparently included 45 different SSR "parade vehicles," each of which took one driver on a parade lap before the race began. So this truck may not exactly be unique, but it’s still number 18 of 45, and that means something to us SSR enthusiasts. Another thing that means something to us SSR enthusiasts: This one is in excellent original shape, with very few miles. It’s offered for sale by North Freeway Hyundai in the Houston area, and it can be yours for $35,988.

Now, a little history on the SSR for those of you who (unfortunately) don’t know about it. In the 2000s, General Motors did some weird stuff, and this might just be the weirdest: They created the SSR, a 2-seater convertible pickup truck with wild retro styling and a bed that’s actually a trunk. I have no idea why this happened. I’m not sure General Motors has any idea why this happened. But, indeed, it happened.

The SSR was sold from 2003 to 2006, and the early models used a relatively underpowered 5.3-liter V8. But in 2005, Chevy swapped that out for a 6.0-liter V8, which made a raucous 390 horsepower. That’s what’s in this "parade" vehicle — and this truck also comes from the SSR’s final year, making it possibly the most desirable SSR of all. And it can be yours. And, frankly, it should be yours. Find a 2006 Chevrolet SSR for sale

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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