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Autotrader Find: Chevrolet HHR SS With a Manual Transmission

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author photo by Doug DeMuro July 2017

The Chevrolet HHR is one of the most unusual-looking cars in modern history -- a sort of mashup of retro styling and modern crash-test requirements fitted to a front-wheel-drive economy-car chassis. More unusual was the fact that they decided to make a high-performance version of the HHR called the HHR SS. Most unusual was the fact that they offered it with a stick shift.

And so here it is, currently listed for sale on Autotrader: a Chevrolet HHR (weird) SS (double weird) with a manual transmission (ultra weird). There are only four or five of these currently for sale on Autotrader across the entire country, and this one has the lowest mileage -- just 32,000. It's offered by Shamrock Auto Group in the Provo, Utah, area for $13,900. I have no idea if that's a good deal or not, since it's so hard to find comparable listings.

For those of you who don't know much about the HHR SS, here's the deal. The HHR was an attempt to capitalize on the oddly shaped hatchback "craze" started by the Chrysler PT Cruiser and further popularized by cars like the Scion xB. While regular HHR models used a normal 4-cylinder, the SS version offered an impressive 260 horsepower and 260 lb-ft if you went for a stick shift -- or 250 hp and 222 lb-ft if you opted for an automatic, since Chevy's 4-speed couldn't handle the mighty 260-hp version of the engine.

The result was impressive: The SS version could do zero to 60 in an unbelievable 6.3 seconds on its way to a 14-point-something-second quarter mile. Unfortunately, these performance numbers didn't sway too many people into buying the thing -- in the same world where the Subaru WRX was faster and more fun on twisty roads -- and the HHR SS remains tremendously unusual today.

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