An interesting find to feature on Four By Friday is this 1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer project we came across here on Craigslist in East Brunswick, New Jersey where the current caretaker is hoping to sell it for $7,500. Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide, the private seller currently has his Blazer priced $4,300 below the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) value of $11,900. The unfortunate reality is the popularity of these early SUVs has really taken off, and consequently prices for these first generation Blazers have nearly doubled in just the past six months.
We can’t believe the seller actually used the phrase, “ran and drove before parked” so you’ll need to confirm with him how long its been since that happened and what, if anything was done to ensure that the 350 cubic inch small block Chevy can at least be hand-turned.
Aftermarket steering wheel aside, the seller makes a dubious claim this example is “very original” and the “best unrestored double wall top that he’s come across.” Frankly, while it appears complete and largely unmodified, its clear this Blazer will need quite a bit of rust repair to bring it back to its former glory.
We do agree with his assertion that his Blazer is a nicely equipped example featuring automatic transmission, power brakes, as well as the factory sport interior that features bucket seats, a center console, and a back seat which we do not see in the pictures provided. Additionally, while the seller claims this Blazer has power steering, its not evident from the lone engine picture provided.
With #2 “Excellent” condition examples now commanding high $40K prices, if you can get the seller to negotiate on price and you are capable enough to do all of the body repairs yourself, there’s a slight change you could break even after restoring this Blazer. Good luck with the purchase!