The problem wasn't back then, but now.
To fans of the Chevrolet K5 Blazer, the reveal of the reborn Ford Bronco must act as a harsh reminder of what could have been. While the Chevy Blazer exists, it's no longer a real SUV riding on a body-on-frame chassis. Instead, it's a car-based compact crossover. Adding insult to injury, the Trailblazer is now a subcompact crossover.
As it stands, Chevy doesn't sell a cool retro-styled serious off-roader to compete against the new Bronco and Jeep Wrangler. Perhaps GM will do something about this. While we wait for that (without holding our breath), those old school Blazer fans will have to make do with something several years old. Like this totally rad 1974 Chevy K4 Blazer 4x4 finished in Sunset Gold over Saddle vinyl that's up for sale on Bring A Trailer.
Who needs leather when you're off-roading? What makes this K5 Blazer even more attractive is that it's equipped with the optional Cheyenne trim, a locking differential, removable hardtop, a padded roll bar, and even air conditioning. However, the original owner did some modifications a few decades ago that made a great SUV even better. These include side exhaust pipes, front and rear tow hitches, a grille guard, and a pair of A-pillar spotlights. The aftermarket Remington slotted wheels are another great touch.
The interior boasts tilt steering, cruise control, a Kenwood cassette player, two-spoke steering wheel, fire extinguisher, and even a CB radio. A full-size spare tire can be found behind the rear seat.
Under the hood lies a 350 cubic inch V8 that's also been slightly tweaked with a Weiand intake manifold and a chrome-finished air cleaner. Power goes to all four wheels through a four-speed manual transmission. Interestingly, the SUV didn't run for 30 years until this past April when it was acquired by the seller, who got it up and running again. The carburetor has since been rebuilt and all fluids were changed. Because of its three-decade dormant state, there are only 15,000 miles on its clock.
But the best part is the price. As of this writing, the highest bid is only $39,000. If you want to buy it then act fast because the auction ends tomorrow. Frustrated Blazer fans wanted.