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Pick of the Day is first-generation Chevy Blazer


Chevrolet has revived its Blazer nameplate for the 2019 model year, applying it to a sport utility vehicle with all-wheel-drive capability and a V6 engine. Those statements likely come as a surprise to those who remember the original Chevy Blazer, a 4-by, go-anywhere competitor for the likes of the Ford Bronco and Jeep Cherokee.

The K5 Blazer was introduced as a 1969 model. It was built on a substantial truck frame, came with a 250cid 6 or 307cid V8, manual or automatic transmissions, and a removable top to provide Jeep Wrangler-style open-to-the-environment driving adventures.

The Blazer’s first generation extended through the 1972 model year and thus includes our Pick of the Day, a 1972 Chevrolet Blazer being offered for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private owner in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

What makes the Pick of the Day rare, indeed, is the fact that the seller vows that this Hawaiian Blue beauty has never ventured off road, though it has been restored and upgraded.

“Kept inside for the past 15 years,” the seller states in the vehicle’s advertisement on ClassicCars.com, “we drove and showed the truck locally, took good care of it while performing extensive engine and mechanical system upgrades and spared no expense along the way.” 

In addition to the blue paint, this Blazer has a “refitted” blue-cloth interior and a Softopper black soft top. It features AutoMeeter gauges, Sony audio and powder-coated roll bar.

It also has a Smeding Performance “Hot Rod” craft engine, which has been driven fewer than 1,000 miles since its installation, as well as rebuilt automatic transmission and Dana axles front and rear. It has Detroit Lockers as part of its 4×4 setup, Painless wiring harness, BeCool fans, Rancho suspension and steering stabilizers, with a 4-inch lift above stock ride height.

Other changes include Mickey Thompson wheels and tires and Flowmaster exhaust behind Hedman headers.

“The body is in good condition, with the usual nicks and scratches, and has served us well… a real head-turner,” says the seller, who includes photos in the ad that show those nicks and scratches.

The seller is asking $42,000, which includes the vehicle and all documentation and receipts.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. These old Blazers were one of the worst "rust buckets" ever. I’ve even seen the so-called " Low mileage, never been off road , garage kept" , California and Arizona Blazers rust to the ground. Quarters, Fenders and Doors will rust completely off due mainly to water/moisture intrusion. So, maybe if they were never washed and kept in a climate controlled garage……it may be slightly rust free. Just sayin.


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