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Our friend Bob from GM sent me this link to a unique SSR on the auction block for a good cause.

This custom-painted Chevrolet SSR vehicle was given by Chevrolet to the Coca-Cola Presents the 10th Anniversary Essence Music Festival team to honor the Festival’s 10th anniversary. Proceeds from the auction of this vehicle, which features original artwork by artist Margaret Slade Kelley, will benefit the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts|Riverfront (NOCCA|Riverfront).

This SSR’s hood is Kelley’s canvas for “Creole Lady,” an image that brings together the Coca-Cola Presents the 10th Anniversary Essence Music Festival and the African American experience. “Creole Lady” is a mosaic of oranges, reds, blues, and greens and is placed in the Historic French Quarter of New Orleans. Chevy commissioned the work from Kelley who is known for combining social, expressive, and personal images in her work.

Because the custom-painted hood is unique, this SSR also comes with a standard solid-color hood, allowing the auction winner to display Kelley's work on the wall of a home or office, if he or she prefers.

The Chevy SSR is a two-seat convertible roadster with pickup truck versatility and sporty performance. Echoing the design of Chevrolet pickups from 1947 - 1953, the SSR is an innovative specialty vehicle that expresses Chevrolet's style, heritage and function.

The SSR features a 5.3L all-aluminum V8 engine, which provides 300 hp and 335 lbs-ft. of torque. The vehicle sports a 4-speed automatic engine, and includes front & rear disc brakes, and 4-wheel ABS. The Chevy SSR is the only power-retractable hardtop pickup truck on the market and features 19-inch front and 20-inch rear tires & wheels, hydroformed frame rails, a orsen limited-slip differential, electronic traction control, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, power windows and leather seats. Its roof panels "stack" vertically in a separate sealed stowage area between the passenger and cargo compartments. The vehicle also includes an upgraded cargo compartment with wood trim, heated seats and an in-dash, six-CD, Bose premium sound system.

Chevy SSR is a unique combination of fun, innovative versatility, and classic style. Standard features include:

19-inch front and 20-inch rear tires & wheels

Hydroformed frame rails

Hinged cover and tailgate for access to 23.7 cu. ft. cargo area

Zexel-Torsen limited-slip differential

Electronic traction control

Air conditioning

Remote keyless entry and cargo area cover release

Power windows

Leather seating surfaces

By purchasing this item, you're supporting the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts|Riverfront, Louisiana's premier arts-training center for high school-age students. Funds raised from this auction support a comprehensive Financial Aid Program, a year-round Artists-in-Residence Program, and numerous other initiatives to benefit students and faculty at this unique educational facility that boasts a proven record of changing children's lives.
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