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• this second-generation k5 blazer was a wildly capable alternative to the ford bronco and dodge ramcharger of the 1970s and '80s.
• this k5 blazer has been recently restored with new bits and pieces ranging from fresh door seals to a completely new 350-cubic-inch v-8 engine.
• bidding is currently at $8500, and the auction ends on july 15.
something circulating in my blood makes me attracted to old-school heavy chevys. maybe it's a natural reaction to the typical blue fog of pushrod perfume that follows most small-block v-8s. it could also be getting things muddy is the nucleus of my love for four-wheel-drive things. either way, it's tough to look away from this florida-owned 1978 chevrolet k5 blazer cheyenne that's currently up for auction on bring a trailer—which, like car and driver, is part of hearst autos.
more impressively, the restoration process hasn't gone too far. this k5 blazer appears to be using oe-style glass three-prong sealed-beam headlights up front and drum brakes at the rear. it's free of obnoxious aftermarket fender flares or a dorky roof-mounted led light bar. the most modern piece of tech is a retrosound stereo intended to mimic the chrome-knobbed style of the k5 blazer's original radio.
this specific example isn't showroom perfect and is kept alive thanks to fresh paint, new floor panels, and a little welding. that makes it a great candidate for a buy-to-drive, rather than a win and park.
it's easy to imagine bouncing down a forest trail road en route to an area that's wi-fi- and ad-free. even car and driver's own legendary david e. davis, jr. called the k5 blazer a "steel and fiberglass paul bunyan" back in 1979. today, a k5 is now the nomenclature given to kia's family sedan, and the current blazer is more paul mitchell than ax wielder.
bidding is currently at $8500 with four days left in the auction. the k5 blazer david e. drove had similar options including an electric tailgate window, a rear roll bar, and a $39 "heavy-duty freedom battery," for $10,478.70. adjusted for inflation, that's slightly more than $42,000, or roughly the price of a four-door ford bronco outer banks. last year a similar k5 blazer sold for $61,111 on bring a trailer but was in arguably better condition with the larger v-8 engine. there was also a 1976 k5 blazer cheyenne painted in beautiful grecian bronze and white two-tone that sold for $67,000 in january.
bidding on this one ends on friday, july 15.