This Week On Hagerty Marketplace: A Truck, a Sports Car, and a Sports-Car Truck

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Welcome to This Week on Hagerty Marketplace, a recurring recap of the previous week’s most noteworthy cars and significant sales from the Hagerty Marketplace online auctions.

We have a trio of rides—a convertible, a truck, and a convertible truck. We’ll start with that one.

2005 Chevrolet SSR

Chevy SSR convertible truck
Hagerty Marketplace

Sold for $37,450

This later-production classic has fewer than 8700 miles on its odometer, and looks it. The powertrain, new for 2005, is arguably the most desirable in the SSR’s four-year model run—it’s the 6.0-liter LS2 V-8, shared with early C6 Corvettes. While earlier SSRs made do with the 5.3-liter Vortec V-8, the addition of the LS2 boosted the muscle to 390 horsepower. Also, for the first time, the 2005 SSR had a manual-transmission option—a six-speed Tremec—and this Redline Red model has one, making it one of the rarer SSRs. The man responsible for the design was Automotive Hall of Famer Ed Welburn, who went on to be named the head of global design for General Motors. Any SSR is fun to drive, but the powertrain on this cherry 2005, along with the ZQ8 sports suspension, makes us envy the new owner that much more.

1976 Triumph TR6

Triumph TR6 at Service Station
Hagerty Marketplace

Sold for $18,404

Another red drop-top: The Triumph TR6 was offered from 1969 to 1976, making this ’76 model one of the last of the line, among just over 6000 copies imported to the U.S. that final year. As were all TR6s, this one is powered by the gutsy 2.5-liter inline six-cylinder engine, mated to a four-speed manual transmission. The engine has dual Zenith-Stromberg carburetors, which are reportedly original. In a significant departure from the Giovanni Michelotti-designed TR models that came before it, Triumph employed Karmann of Germany to handle the means-business styling of the TR6. Due in part to the long model run, there is a strong aftermarket for TR6s, making parts availability better than for many imported sports cars. This mint example showed fewer than 58,000 miles on the odometer; there should be a lot of miles left ahead of it.

1954 Chevrolet 3600

1954 Chevy pickup on street
Hagerty Marketplace

Sold for $37,450

See that red 2005 Chevrolet SSR further up the page? This three-quarter-ton 1954 Chevrolet 3600 is representative of the era that was the inspiration for it. Chevy called this generation of trucks the Advance Design model, part of a family offered from 1947 to 1955, and they were the best-selling pickups in the U.S. at the time. The design was tweaked over the years, with the biggest change coming in 1954, when, as you can see, the two-piece windshield was replaced by curved one-piece glass. An automatic transmission was finally offered, but this particular truck has a four-speed manual with a floor shifter. It’s powered by the new-for-1954 Thriftmaster inline six-cylinder engine with 235 cubic inches, replacing the 1953’s 216-cubic-inch six-cylinder. The electrical system was upgraded from six volts to 12 volts as part of a 2005 frame-off restoration, which reportedly was just 1444 miles ago. Painted Duchess Blue, this is a handsome truck, updated with features that would make it a comfortable, likely reliable cruiser.


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    Always loved the Advance Design trucks. Learned how to drive in a ’52 with a 4 speed. I thought the SSR was basically a good idea until I saw one in person. In my option they should have done away with the convertible top and then it would have made a useful pickup truck. The bed is just way too small since the top storage compartment takes up so much room. Don’t like convertibles anyway.

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