This ’72 Chevy Blazer is a perfect example of why you should never customize a vehicle specifically to your taste. The paint is a custom job you’d expect to see on a re-run episode of Miami Vice. Tubbs and Crocket are chasing a bad guy coke dealer in a jacked up K5 Blazer with flames and a purple swoosh. Crocket cuts him off in the Testarossa and the Blazer screeches to a halt just before he nails the cheese grader Ferrari.
This thing has like 14 coats of paint on it. Unfortunately the cool factor of every one of those layers went out of style with parachute pants and tight-rolled jeans. If this K5 Blazer were straight black without the flames, purple swooshes and pinstripes I can see the $20,000 opening price being in the ballpark. If you figure in the cost of a decent respray on a super clean Blazer you’re going to be into it for a few thousand more depending on where you live.
When you open the doors on this Blazer you might think you’re looking in a late ’70s model Chrysler Cordoba. The seats are wide, plush and really leather-y. The interior holds up well and could probably be kept as is. The wooden steering wheel certainly isn’t as cool as a teak wheel off a ’65 Corvette, and I might swap it out, but otherwise the interior is very nice as-is. I really like how the backseat looks wrapped in the hide of nine cows.
The highlight of this K5 Blazer might be under the hood. A 502 big block with a claimed 500 horsepower breathes through a performance exhaust. The motor isn’t dolled up at all which is a bit surprising given the excessive gaud of the rest of the vintage Blazer, but in my opinion if it’s a strong runner I’m not interested in lifting the hood to show of some cheap chrome valve covers.
This 1972 Chevy Blazer is in Woodland Hills, California and has an opening bid of $20,000 – and a reserve. With just a few days left in the eBay auction it’s clear to me that extra layers of clearcoat won’t sell a vehicle all on their own. Although if you’ve got a white Testarossa, this old K5 Blazer would look pretty good parked next to it as-is.