Maybe because it has the heart of a Corvette.

It may not look like much at first glance, but this Chevy K5 Blazer has a few secrets hiding underneath its staid retro exterior. That’s why at the recent Barrett-Jackson auction in West Palm Beach, Florida, it went for an astonishing $220,000 (approx. $300,000 CAD) – a record sell for a 1971 K5.

With more than 1,200 hours of man work put into the project, this immaculate K5 resto-mod retains 95 percent of its original sheet metal and components. Under the hood is where things get interesting. A brand new Corvette LS3 V8 good for 430 horsepower was shoehorned into the engine bay, paired to a GM 4L70E automatic transmission with overdrive.

1971 Chevy K5 Blazer Auction

The truck was given a full frame-off restoration, and along with the engine, comes with updates like an epoxy-primed and coated underside for chip and sound control, a Dupont base coat and clear coat, and upgraded front and rear axles. Four new alloy wheels  – and a spare – with Goodyear tires finish off the package.


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The interior also received a full makeover. All-new upholstery, carpet, and weatherstripping were added. A new heating system works together with the original gauges, factory title steering wheel, and a reproduction AM/FM stereo. All in all, the car has driven less than 200 miles (321 kilometres) since its completion in December 2016.

1971 Chevy K5 Blazer Auction
1971 Chevy K5 Blazer Auction

At the recent Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach sale, it was the seventh most expensive car to cross the block all weekend, and the most expensive K5 Blazer ever sold. Along with the expensive Chevy, a VW Microbus sold for $291,500 (approx. $400,000 CAD), and a 1971 Oldsmobile 442 convertible sold for $176,000 (approx. $240,000 CAD), both world records.

Source: Barrett-Jackson

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