This unbelievable 1971 Chevy Blazer restomod was one of eighteen General Motors vehicles that just sold at Barrett-Jackson’s fiftieth annual collector car auction held at Scottsdale’s WestWorld Equestrian and Event facility. The Chevy Blazer hammered for some $440,000, likely a record for a non-charity sale, and well outside the value of a standard 1971 K5.
Originally Tuxedo Black, this Chevy Blazer has been taken down to the last nut and bolt for the build. All bodywork and bumpers were completely sandblasted, smoothed, and refinished to a superior standard using PPG Chevrolet Black and Ice White hues. The fiberglass top was gel-coated and re-textured before being painted in satin finish Ice White. The “CHEVROLET” lettering across the tailgate is done in hand-laid pinstripes. Hidden behind the driver-side rear marker light is the gas filler neck. All the glass was replaced to ensure a crystal clear view. Instead of the standard painted steel wheels, the Blazer now rolls on seventeen-inch KMC Machete wheels shod in thirty-five-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires, with power-assisted Wilwood four-wheel disc brakes handling the stopping duties.
Inside, the Chevy Blazer has been turned into a custom show piece. Front bucket seats, rear bench, and door panels have all been recovered in black leather with patterned cloth inserts. The dash is home to Classic Instruments white-faced gauges. At the end of the new tilt steering column is an original-style steering wheel. The Blazer has been fitted with a Vintage Air climate control system, and a Retrosound head unit with custom-made speaker enclosures for the four Infinity Cappa speakers, subwoofers, and Alpine amplifiers. The headliner is one of the coolest touches, with a backlighted floating star effect that gives the look of riding under constellations, à la Rolls-Royce Phantom. Framing the headliner is a TIG-welded, gloss powder-coated roll cage.
Gone is the factory Chevy Blazer frame, replaced by a Roadster Shop RS4 spec chassis, in gloss graphite powder coat. The ride is provided by Currie high pinion axles, Fox 2.5 coilover shocks, dual sway bars, and a four-linked front and rear suspension.
Beneath the Chevy Blazer’s hood is Whipple supercharged 6.2-liter LS3 V8 backed by a Hughes 4L80E automatic transmission and NP205 transfer case. The engine features vintage Chevrolet valve covers in Inferno Orange, as is the blower. Spent gasses exit through a fully polished three-inch TIG-welded polished stainless-steel exhaust with MagnaFlow mufflers.
The complete auction listing may be found at the Barrett-Jackson website.