Written by Eric Becker
This custom 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer is headed to the 2021 Las Vegas Auction with No Reserve.
There are some cars that just lend themselves perfectly to customization. The Mustang, Corvette and, of course, the famed ’32 Deuce Coupe are all perfect examples of cars that captivate imaginations and allow builders to pursue their dreams. As time has passed, however, an entirely new generation of vehicles has entered the fray: Sport Utility Vehicles. The lumbering presence and go-anywhere appeal of these slab-sided beasts has spurred a renaissance in the collector car hobby. Built for use on the farm or battlefield, these iconic utilitarian classics have leant their steel to builders ready to execute their vision for the ultimate “off-road-ster.” Few, if any, have taken that vision to heart as well as the builder of this astounding 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer offered with No Reserve at the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction.
This beautiful example – a true 1971 K5 CST – reimagines Chevrolet’s premiere off-roader, going above and beyond the norm with impeccable detail. Even with just quickest of glances, the Blazer boasts an unmistakable presence. The retrofitted front end features a 1967 C10-style grille and “truck-style” chrome trim that runs the length of the body. The two-tone PPG Cement Gray over Ice White finish is beautifully offset by the hand-laid red pinstriping and emblems that wonderfully accent the red leather interior. Whether on road or off, this Blazer is truly unique.
The high-riding 4×4 announces itself with a distinctive growl courtesy of the 6.0-liter LSV8 engine that sits under the hood. The engine inhales via a Holley EFI Sniper high-rise intake manifold and exhales through a set of ceramic-coated Headman headers and a fully polished 3-inch TIG-welded stainless-steel exhaust complete with MagnaFlow mufflers. But it’s not just the sound that sets this Blazer apart. The engine bay is kept beautifully tidy, maintaining a seamless blend of both classic and modern aesthetics. The orange-painted valve covers feature the iconic Chevrolet script and are juxtaposed brilliantly against the black intake manifold and ICT front-drive pulley.
Other mechanical highlights include a Dirty Dingo ECU mount, as well as a DeWitt’s aluminum radiator with all-stainless lines and hoses. Keeping the powerful LS engine fed is a 25-gallon Boyd aluminum fuel cell with a custom-fabricated cradle. Translating the engine’s formidable power to the road is GM’s renowned 4L80E automatic transmission fitted with an advanced adapter that supports the heavy-duty NP205 transfer case.
Underneath, the chassis has been
Title: BLAZIN’ THE TRAIL: Stunning Custom 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer
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Published Date: Tue, 11 May 2021 23:17:07 +0000