Final Year: 1991 Chevrolet K5 Blazer – $12,500

Jan 2021 | Classifinds, Truckin Tuesday

Compare undifferentiated, jelly-bean-styled, modern-day, four-door-only Chevrolet Blazer to its original truck-based ancestors and its easy to see why the former has been a complete sales disaster for the brand.  This is only exacerbated by the hugely popular Jeep Wrangler and redesigned Ford Bronco that must have GM’s top brass shaking their heads at.  It’s no wonder the lack of modern version of the original has enthusiasts clamoring for nice “Square Body” versions such as this 1991 Chevrolet K5 Blazer Silverado listed over the weekend here on Craigslist in Florida, New York.  1991 was the swan song for the brand’s wildly popular second-generation Square Body version produced since 1973.  Currently offered at $12,500, The Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the ask falls between this guide’s current #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $7,600 and it’s #3 “Good” appraisal of $13,700.  If you are serious about buying this daily driver quality K5, you can start the conversation by either calling or texting the current caretaker at (516) 480-1192.  When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their Chevy Colonnade hardtop featured here on Good luck with the purchase!

Chevrolet launched the Blazer in 1969 to compete with increasingly popular International Harvester Scout and the Ford Bronco. Both of these were originally aimed at the short Jeep CJ series, which were much smaller than other trucks. Chevrolet’s innovation that also minimized development and production costs was to simply offer a shortened pickup truck, which both increased interior space, and lowered the cost of production with a shared platform. The formula worked through three generations right through 1991 when the example featured here was produced.  For 1992, Chevrolet replaced the full-size Blazer name with the ‘Tahoe” to further distinguish the full-size offering from its smaller, S-10 based compact SUV carrying the same name.

Produced from 1973 through 1991 with only minor styling (mainly the grille), trim, and powertrain changes, for 1991 the 700R4 was renamed to the 4L60. The TBI (throttle body injection) system used on the Blazer’s standard 5.7 liter V8 had longer throttle shaft bearings, new throttle return springs, and improved fuel mixture distribution. The 5.7 liter V8 also had new heavy-duty intake valves and powdered metal camshaft sprockets. Standard on all engines was a lighter more powerful 100-amp CS130 alternator.

Here’s a MotorWeek RetroReview of an ’89 K5 Blazer currently listed on YouTube:

Two-door, K5 Blazers of this vintage are hard to come by, especially in no rust condition such as this example.  Even better is the fact this one appears well-optioned in it’s Silverado trim.  About the only serious detraction cosmectically is the peeling paint on the removable hardtop, which is something that can be addressed professionally for not a lot of money.  Whether you decide to restore or daily, good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“K5 Chevrolet Blazer, Silverado
5.7L 350 engine with 111,750 miles
700R4 automatic overdrive transmission
4X4 NP241 Transfer case
No Rust, No Issue, daily driving truck.
New parts,
Complete tune up
Gas tank and sending unit
Brakes (lines, hardware, etc)
Heat/Ac blower motor
All new floor pans front and rear
Inner/outer rockers
seam sealed
Underside and inside painted with RUST BULLET
(Frame also)
New manual front locking hubs
New 33×10.5r15 BFG A/T
Everything works as it should.
Paint has blemishes on the hood, I’m sure a polish would take care of it. Also peeling on roof and cap. NO RUST”

What would you do with this K5 Blazer?  Comment below and let us know!


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