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.
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.
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.
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.