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Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Preview: Blazing the Trail

Chevrolet’s popular SUV highlights Palm Beach offerings


The Chevrolet Blazer is a mid-size SUV that has been produced by General Motors under the Chevrolet brand since 1969. Over the years, the Blazer has undergone many changes and redesigns, with production discontinuing in 2005 before the vehicle reemerged as a crossover SUV in 2019. The first- and second-generation Blazers, which were produced from 1969 to 1991, are highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts due to their iconic design and rugged off-road capabilities.

The first-generation Blazer, introduced in 1969, was based on the Chevrolet C/K pickup truck platform. It featured a full-size body style with a removable hardtop or convertible top, making it a popular choice for outdoor adventurers. It was initially offered with a 250ci Straight-6 engine or a variety of V8 engine options, ranging from a 307ci to a 350ci engine. It was also initially offered with two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive options.

The second-generation Blazer debuted in 1973 and featured a more modern design for the times, with squared-off edges and a larger interior. The engine offerings grew to include a 400ci V8. The second-generation Blazer was also available with full-time four-wheel drive as an option, making it a more capable off-road model than its predecessor.

The early Blazers are especially popular among collectors for their vintage charm and timeless appeal. Many enthusiasts enjoy customizing and modifying these vehicles to suit their individual tastes, with modifications ranging from lifted suspensions and oversized tires to modern engine swaps and other enhancements.

Overall, Blazers are beloved by enthusiasts and collectors alike for their combination of style, performance and off-road capability. Highly popular among the vintage SUV community, the vehicle will be well-represented at Barrett-Jackson’s 2023 Palm Beach Auction. Original or customized, register to bid for the April 13-15 event today for your chance to take home one of these SUVs and start blazing your own trail!

Pictured above, this Nobody-Customs-restored 1971 K5 Blazer has undergone a complete frame-off, rotisserie nut-and-bolt restoration. This Blazer is powered by a GM Performance 6.2-liter LS3 engine backed by a 4L70E automatic transmission and equipped with an Advanced Adapter to support the GM NP208 transfer case. During its restoration, the chassis was completely torn down, sandblasted and painted black for durability, with all-new body mounts, bushings and bolts. All the body metal is completely original to the vehicle and has been refinished in DeBeer factory GM Hugger Orange. The fiberglass top was completely restored, fitted with new glass and seals, and finished in a custom Chocolate Satin to complement the full roll cage and interior. The fully welded roll cage rides the length of the interior and is fitted with a removable saddle-tan full bikini top. This Blazer features stopping power provided by 4-wheel disc brakes and Wilwood Hydro-Boost brake assist. It received a 12-bolt rear and Dana 44 front differential with 4.11 ratio gears, along with all-new suspension components. The Blazer rides on Detroit Steel wheels with restored OEM center caps wrapped with BFGoodrich KO2 tires.

This restored California 1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer is powered by a rebuilt Chevrolet 350ci V8 engine paired with a rebuilt automatic transmission. The solid original-panel SUV has a new black finish, and the feather graphics help set this truck apart with just the right combination of classic and custom. Features include power steering, power brakes, new custom upholstery with Highlander two-tone seat inserts and a double-DIN touchscreen custom audio system. The lowered suspension rolls on new 20-inch Detroit Speed Delray steel wheels wrapped in 20-inch Nitto tires.

This 1984 Chevrolet K5 Blazer custom SUV just underwent a comprehensive frame-off restoration. It was completely stripped to bare metal, epoxy-primed and finished in bright red. Its engine has been upgraded to a 5.3-liter fuel-injected V8 engine mated to a 700R4 overdrive transmission. This Blazer is equipped with stainless-steel headers, a dual exhaust and a 2-inch lift kit. It also features new bumpers, grille, door handles, mirrors, windshield and door glass. Inside, it has received an upgraded stereo system, new carpet, headliner and a dash pad. This Blazer also retains its original cloth seats and comes with air conditioning. It rides on KG1 wheels wrapped with all-terrain tires.

This 1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer 4-wheel drive custom SUV underwent a 1-year complete frame-off restoration. The steel body has been refinished in Hugger Orange with a gloss black engine bay that houses a rebuilt 5.7-liter 350ci V8 engine backed by a rebuilt TH350 3-speed automatic transmission and NP205 dual-range transfer case. The engine is dressed with aluminum finned valve covers, oil filler cap, PCV valve and air cleaner for the vintage look. The new HEI distributor is accompanied by a rebuilt power steering pump and an all-new fuel pump, water pump, alternator, radiator, coolant overflow canister, and all hoses and vacuum lines. The engine bay is complete with an Optima red-top battery and fresh battery cables alongside custom-fabricated core and radiator filler panels. The dual exhaust consists of ceramic-coated long-tube headers, connected to stainless-steel mandrel-bent 2.5-inch pipes with 12-inch glass packs and ends with 4-inch black powder-coated tips. The fuel system has been updated with a new gas tank, filler neck, sending unit, straps, gasket and filler cap. The front end includes new upper and lower ball joints, tie rod ends and sleeves, sway bar ends, bushings and drag link. A new brake booster, master cylinder and lines feed the new calipers and pads on the front disc brakes.


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