Did we mention it packs a Corvette V8?
We weren't alone in thinking that Chevy made a mistake naming one of its latest crossovers. The Chevy Blazer, despite being a strong seller, is not a body-on-frame SUV like its predecessors, such as the beloved K5 Blazer. Instead, it rides on a car-based platform. When combined with AWD it's relatively capable in some rugged conditions, but Blazer fans were disappointed and some may be holding out hope for a reborn GMC Jimmy as a future Ford Bronco rival. In the meantime, there are still plenty of old-school K5 Blazers out there in various states of condition.
Some are completely stock, others no longer run, and some have received the restomod treatment. This is one of those cases. Mecum Auctions is offering this 1972 K5 Blazer restomod at its Kissimmee auction in January and anyone interested needs to come with deep pockets.
With an estimated auction price of $150,000 to $175,000, this '72 K5 Blazer has been in storage since 1979 and has had just two previous owners. It was fully-equipped when brand new, featuring a Highlander Plaid interior and bucket seats. The exterior has been restored to its original state but open the hood and you'll find an LS3 V8 crate engine with 480 horsepower, the same unit found in the fifth-generation Camaro SS and C6 Corvette.
Additional cool features include the original transfer case (which was recently rebuilt) but the rest of its major mechanical guts are modern-day tech. There are custom front and rear driveshafts, KYB shocks, 4-wheel disc brakes with stainless steel lines, a new brake booster, and other hardware.
The interior retains that classic vintage look with a Dakota dash and a retro radio complete with Bluetooth capability. An HVAC system has been installed for year-round comfort and the floor carpets have been upgraded. The sale also includes the original owner's manual, Protect-O-Plates, and even the original emissions control manual. Oddly, there's no mention of a body top as the thought of driving this roofless SUV around in cold weather is chilling to the bone.
But is it really worth upwards of $175,000? The restomod work alone must have required hundreds of hours but, to put these into perspective, a brand new Porsche Cayenne Turbo S costs less.