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Hi all, was reading in the Chicago Tribune about collector cars, including the 1970 Plymouth Superbird (worth 80k today), the 1970 Plymouth Hemi cuda convertible (worth 1.5-2 million), the 1970 dodge challenger (50-60k), and the 1970 olds 442 convertible (25-30k) and had to wonder if the SSR would be in this class in a few years.

It also made me think about coughing up the $ for the '05 instead of the blowout deals on the '04's. It always seems like there is a "right" year to have when collecting. Even though the changes made in the car btw '04 and '05 are non relevant for me, I believe over the real long haul (20 yr+) horizon, the '05 is gonna be the one to have.

And I was going to use this for a daily driver car....... :rolleyes:
 

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For me it already is a collector. I thought this was a unique vehicle when they first designed it, and forsee it to be a very good collectable vehicle for years to come.
 

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Hi all, was reading in the Chicago Tribune about collector cars, ... and had to wonder if the SSR would be in this class in a few years.
.... I believe over the real long haul (20 yr+) horizon, the '05 is gonna be the one to have.
Gosh... I hate to be the one to burst your bubble... :skep but I highly doubt that the 05s will be the most desireable and most collectable SSRs ever made. Are they a great ride... YES indeed but...

Hear are a few reasons why they may not be the only one to have:

The first year (03 models) for those that cherish the very first year of a model run and of course there is the last year of a vehicle production run that for some might be worth even more. Hmmm oh yes and don't forget about those limted editon 25 Signature Series models. Oh my what if they come out with another special edition model i.e. Z06 500 HP SSR ya think they might be even more highly sought after then the 05s? :yesnod

So maybe then you might just want to take advatage of those super great deals on the remaining 03 and 04s and make one of them your daily driver?
 

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That makes sense. I didn't even know about the 25 signature cars. Are they doing the 06 special edition?
 

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Z06 500 Hp SSR ??

Quote: Oh my what if they come out with another special edition model i.e. Z06 500 HP SSR ya think they might be even more highly sought after then the 05s?



HOLY MOLY !!!!! I have just found a new definition for "optomist"...... I wonder how much this will be rated to tow?? :skep

So now all of those who were waiting for the 05's to come down in price will have to wait for this one to come out - now we're gonna be up to our ^sses in left over 05's..... GM production schedulers are forming support groups as we speak.....

And the beat goes on ........ :willy:
 

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1970 was 35 years ago. A lot can happen in 35 years. What my SSR is going to be worth in 2040 is way at the bottom of my list! :lol
 
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1970 was 35 years ago. A lot can happen in 35 years. What my SSR is going to be worth in 2040 is way at the bottom of my list! :lol

Over the years I have bought NEW the following vehicles; 1957 Chev BelAir, 1972 Chev Cheyenne, 1990 Corvette ZR1, 1996 Viper GTS, 1997 Jaguar XK8, 1999 Prowler, and a 2003 Hummer H2.......Other than that first Chev none of them have increased in value over their cost...

I recently saw where someone is selling their 1990 Corvette ZR1 that has only 5000 miles on it for about $30,000. Retail new was $60,000????? How sad to have had that neat car for so long and never have really enjoyed driving it.

What I am saying is don't buy a car for an investment....buy it to enjoy and from what I am seeing in all these posts by SSR owners they enjoy the hell out of em.

I am going to buy a SSR and drive it and enjoy it and then when maybe that Corvette Z06 with 500 horsepower comes out I may just say goodbye to the SSR and buy it.......but I will guarantee you I will have had the fun and experience of driving Americas first convertible truck.
 

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... I am going to buy a SSR and drive it and enjoy it and then when maybe that Corvette Z06 with 500 horsepower comes out I may just say goodbye to the SSR and buy it.......but I will guarantee you I will have had the fun and experience of driving Americas first convertible truck.
Hi Dick,

:agree That is by far one of the BEST comments I have read here in a long long time.

You hit the nail on the head! :thumbs
 

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Dick Lyon,

It's a numbers game if you are buying for investment. How many of the '90 Vets were made. How many are left. And how long can you hold before you sell. But the main thing when selling anything is, will you find someone who will pay your price???
I agree that we should enjoy the SSRs we have. I think they have already built too many for them to be pricey collectables in 25 years.
As for investment vehicles, I bought a ’90 Reatta ragtop in ’90 it has been stored since new with 445 miles on it. I don’t intend to even think about selling it for at lest another 10 years. They only built ragtop Reattas for ½ of ’90 and stopped all Reatta production ½ way thru ’91 only 2,437 ragtops were produced. Total Reatta production was only 21,5751. I think they have already built more SSRs than that.
 
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The SSR will be like the Cadillac Allante built from 1987-1993. Cadillac waited until it's last year to put the "Northstar" engine in the car, and offer more colors.
Those $60,000.00 cars tanked pretty quickly, but the 1993 has hovered around the $25,000.00 range for the past 12 years or so.
Chevrolet needs to do something in the way of owner loyalty, the way Cadillac did back in 1990, or 91. I was working at Roger Meier Cadillac in Dallas, and we sold more Allante's than anyone in the world.
I can't remember exactly what it was, but sales were slow, and Cadillac offered current Allante owners a chance to get into a new one for as little as $4,000.00.
It was just CRAZY, and when we called people they couldn't believe it, until they drove off the lot in their new cars!
The trade ins sold for a LOT less than Cadillac gave for them, but they paid the money anyway.
Cadillac wanted to keep the Allante alive, and show good sales numbers to raise the "prestige" of the rest of the line.
"HINT HINT" Maybe Chevrolet should make some kind of an offer for 03 and 04 SSR owners to "step up" into a 2005? They can keep the plants open, and keep cranking them out, and keep people working.
Anyone out there from Chevrolet listening?.............................................
..................................................................................(Crikets chirping). :yawn
 
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In some ways, this is a collector car already. I use mine as a daily driver image vehicle for my business and cover a lot of territory in it, but I see the same number of SSR's on the road as I see Ferrari's, which is almost never. And it gets the same attention wherever it goes. But the Chevy dealer down the street from my shop has 6 - 2005 models on the lot they are desperate to sell. Go figure...

Whatever, IMO, it is a classic and timeless design and something GM should be proud of whatever the numbers say. I can't see myself ever getting tired of looking at it or driving it for that matter. :cool
 

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Definitely, this car will be a classic within it's own era. It is the first Retro, sports truck that has ever been produced, plus it's a hardtop convertible. No other manufacturers from around the globe, have put together a concept car such as the SSR. It was a very daring move on GM's part. Unlike the Prowler, the SSR has storage in the rear, a retractable hardtop, which is the first in history for a truck, plenty of headroom, doors that open all the way, a V8, a mix of classic design of the past and styling & technology of the future. If production is halted, or limited, SSR's, no matter which year, will never go below $35K, although there will always be one particular year that may hold a higher value than others, but in the long run, prices will definitely increase as the years go on for all of them. I don't see the SSR production numbers ever reaching as many built, as Corvettes or any other domestic car. Therefore, I do see it bringing a higher value.

I have been in the automobile circuit long enough to see which vehicles will be collectibles in the future, but with this SSR you don't need to be a rocket scientist to see what the future holds for it. I'm too old to wait for another '67 L88 Corvette to come along, but I know one thing, my '04 is a keeper til the end, and will be passed on to my children. Drive em, but with respect.
 
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For me it already is a collector. I thought this was a unique vehicle when they first designed it, and forsee it to be a very good collectable vehicle for years to come.
:agree Definetly is
 

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Does anyone have actual porduction #s? The truck sales mgr. @ my local dealer says about 3K in '03, and about 7K in'04.
They're somewhere on here. Run a search on "vin" or "production". I think Freezer posted the actuals.
 

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Im sure that somewhere down the road my 05 will be worth more, than what I paid for it, but for me TODAY it is priceless!!!!!!!!!!!! :thumbs
 

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What car will make it as a collectible and valuable asset is really hard to say at the time of production, whether the "coolness" factor of the SSR will survive 20 or more yrs is a question. What I hoped for when I bought ours was that it would hold value over time better than the cookie cutter FWD jellybeans, hoped is the word. Trucks and 'vettes seem to hold value, some 'vettes and other cars appreciate like the dickens, but it's a guessing game.

7-10 yrs after production 62-5 ChevyIIs were disposable cars, just another so-what small car, now they're worth something, how do you figure it? The SSR is an upscale vehicle, but what will that mean in 20yrs? Enjoy it for what it is. Yes, I've got about all the dealer stuff for the 04 and saved the stuff from the car - in case. Costs me nothing but a little space.
 
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