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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.