Almost every part has been replaced or refurbished.
Rugged vehicles like the Jeep Gladiator and the all-new Ford Bronco offer the novelty of a removable roof and doors, making for one of the most immersive off-road experiences available. But they're still modern 4x4s with touchscreens galore and all the safety gear that has become non-negotiable in 2020.
However, an existing Bring A Trailer listing we stumbled upon takes us back to simpler times. The 1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer 4x4 you see here is an absolute gem, having been comprehensively refurbished and offering open-air off-roading by virtue of its removable hardtop roof.
Resplendent in Hugger Orange and White paint and with a four-inch suspension lift, it looks fantastic. The 4x4 was acquired by the existing seller in 2018, which is when the body was repainted and the chassis, engine, and differential received a refinish.
It didn't stop there as extra equipment like white 15-inch wheels, dual exhaust outlets (which unlike today's designs, point to the sides), air conditioning, and a new RetroSound stereo with Bluetooth were added.
The body-off repaint coincided with the fitment of new bumpers, mirrors, glass, body seals, and rocker panels. Its removable white hardtop was redone, too.
Also receiving an overhaul was the steering gear and steering components, while the K5 rides on BFGoodrich all-terrain T/A KO2 rubber.
The charmingly old-school cabin features exposed metal where modern vehicles would have soft-touch plastics or fabric, but this only adds to its appeal. New carpets, seat foam, and seat covers were fitted. Even the gauge cluster bezel and faux wood trim were replaced. Under the hood is a 350ci V8 that is said to have been overhauled by the current seller. When this was done, the condenser, hoses, and lines were replaced as well.
A three-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four corners and a dual-range transfer case is equipped. Although just over 300 miles is displayed on the odometer, the true mileage is unknown.
With interest being revived for older Ford Broncos, this '72 K5 Blazer is the perfect foil to the old Ford and, in its superb condition, is bound to turn many heads. The current bid stands at $50,000 and the K5 is being sold with a clean Iowa title and an owner's manual.