Factory-correct 1969 Chevy Blazer in rare unaltered condition

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The Chevy Blazer appears to be a well-preserved showroom example

As Chevrolet rolls out its all-new Blazer, the Pick of the Day celebrates the first year of the full-size SUV, a 1969 Chevrolet Blazer in rare factory condition.  Rare because Blazers are almost always seen enhanced for off-road treks with huge wheels and tires, mechanical upgrades and suspension mods.

This half-century-old Blazer shows the purity of the original design, from the correct steel wheels and hubcaps to the AM radio in the unaltered dashboard.  With just 64,000 miles on the odometer, the 4-wheel-drive SUV has been resprayed in its original Yellow color but is otherwise in factory condition.

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The Blazer was basically a short-wheelbase C/K pickup

“You NEVER find them like this,” says the seller, a dealer in Denver, Colorado, advertising the Chevy on ClassicCars.com. “Two-owner time capsule with low original miles.”

The Blazer has its correct 307cid V8, the smaller of the 8-cylinder offerings that year, with automatic transmission and a sturdy GM 4-wheel-drive transfer case.  The 4WD is engaged via a separate floor-mounted shifter, and the front hubs are manually locked by twisting the center insert, a far cry from today’s all-automatic electronic systems.

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The SUV rides on its original-style wheels and tires

The first-generation Blazers were produced from 1969-71, a short-wheelbase version of the C/K pickup truck and featuring a removable composite roof – they are sometimes seen with aftermarket fabric convertible tops.  Though they were the smallest of GM’s truck lineup (GMC models named Jimmy were introduced the following year), Blazers were still large compared with competing first-gen Ford Broncos and International Scouts.

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This Blazer looks quite presentable in the large gallery of photos with the ad, with no apparent rust damage and just some minor scuffs on the body, pointed out by the seller.  The interior looks very nice, with reupholstered front bucket seats but otherwise as it left the factory, the seller says.

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The dashboard is factory, including the AM radio

The asking price is $27,900, which sounds reasonable for such a rare find.  Hopefully, the next owner will appreciate its factory originality and not turn it into a custom off-road warrior.

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

 

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Much like a Gen 1 Bronco; it’s so rare and refreshing to see one of these that’s still all original! I hope the next owner recognizes this and resists the temptation to lift it or flare the fenders or anything else of that sort.

    • The original Blazer years were 1969 thru 1972, .The front bumper on this Blazer is NOT orig to the year stated , so really not totally original

  2. The gauges are reproduction.The bezels never came with chrome edges in 69. This is a 72 bumper. 69 turn signals were in the grille not the bumper.The rectangular mirrors are also reproduction. You’d think Golfen or, if it is a legitimate dealer if there is such a thing, would know this stuff and NOT claim it correct original. Buyers be very scared. Car sales have always been and still are, sleaze and grease balls; Pigs with lipstick

    • Chrome gauge bezels were actually coming into play in 68 so it’s correct for 69, yes it’s true the bumper is not correct as well as the rectangular mirrors. The claim this is a factory correct 69 Blazer is not true. I would bet there are other details that are not correct as well. The seats are far from original just cheap upholstery.

      • I used to have a 1970 with those chrome bezels but I’ve also seen the plain ones as well, so I am in agreement that they might possibly be factory. As for the comments about the sleazy, car dealer only a person who has really studied these models would know the slight deviations. The rude comments were a generalization of his opinion. I’m sure you can slander any professional if you look hard enough. Let’s try and enjoy this hobby please everyone.

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