Perfect Pictures: 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer – SOLD!

by | May 2023 | Classifinds, Truckin Tuesday

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May 22, 2023, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Classic SUVs from the 1960s and 1970s are currently the fastest-growing segment in the collector car world. Ford’s first-generation Bronco is the high tide lifting all other boats, as first-generation Chevrolet K5 Blazers have also seen prices rise rapidly in the past several years.  Our latest example was this red 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer for sale in May 2023 on Craigslist in Nashville, Tennesee. The current caretaker reports they have owned their Blazer for six years and that their vintage SUV benefits from a 2008 restoration featuring mild engine upgrades as well as the retrofit of a Vintage Air style A/C system. The seller also reports their Blazer has only 23,000 miles, so we would confirm with them whether those are the original miles or what has been added since the restoration 15 years ago.

The pictures provided by the seller are an excellent example of how great photography is needed to convince someone to buy your ride sight unseen over the internet.  The pictures in the gallery link provided contain the photographer’s watermark, so the seller was smart to hire a professional for several hundred dollars to take all of the great detailed pictures.

Last offered for $75,000,, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is slightly below the one-year rolling average of this guide’s summary for first-generation Chevrolet K5 Blazers produced between 1969 and 1972.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you evaluate the price of the Blazer featured here:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls above this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $56,300 before making adjustments for powertrain and other equipment.

The 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer was a popular full-size SUV produced by General Motors under the Chevrolet brand. Designed as a versatile and rugged vehicle, the K5 Blazer was well-suited for both on-road and off-road driving experiences. It featured body-on-frame construction, which provided excellent durability and allowed for enhanced towing and hauling capabilities.

Under the hood, the 1971 K5 Blazer offered a range of powerful engine options. The standard engine was a 250 cubic inch (4.1-liter) inline-six, delivering a respectable amount of power and torque for everyday driving needs. For those seeking more performance, Chevrolet offered a variety of V8 engine choices, including the potent 350 cubic inch (5.7-liter) V8 engine, which was capable of delivering impressive acceleration and towing capabilities.

The 1971 K5 Blazer boasted a spacious interior that could accommodate up to five passengers comfortably. Its large and square-shaped design provided ample headroom and legroom, ensuring a comfortable driving experience. The Blazer also featured removable rear seats and a removable fiberglass hardtop, allowing for versatile configurations to suit different needs and preferences.

In terms of off-road capabilities, the 1971 K5 Blazer excelled. It came equipped with a robust suspension system that provided excellent articulation and stability over rough terrains. The Blazer’s four-wheel-drive system further enhanced its off-road prowess, enabling it to tackle challenging landscapes with ease. Additionally, the K5 Blazer offered optional features such as locking differentials and skid plates, which added an extra layer of protection and improved traction in demanding off-road conditions.

From a design standpoint, the 1971 K5 Blazer sported a boxy and muscular appearance that has become iconic over the years. Its bold front grille, prominent Chevrolet emblem, and square-shaped body gave it a rugged and commanding presence on the road. The Blazer’s timeless design has made it a sought-after classic vehicle among collectors and enthusiasts.

In summary, the 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer was a versatile and capable SUV that combined ruggedness with everyday usability. With its powerful engine options, spacious interior, and off-road capabilities, the K5 Blazer became a popular choice for individuals seeking a reliable and adventure-ready vehicle during its time, and its enduring appeal has made it a cherished classic to this day.

The Cars & Stripes YouTube Channel features this launch video of the 1970 Chevrolet Blazer and is yet another example of a commercial that likely would not get approved for use in today’s world:

The excellent photography and ample access to even more pictures confirm this 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer for sale is a nicely restored example featuring a warmed-over 350 cubic inch V8 and the addition of a modern aftermarket A/C system.  Unfortunately, the $75,000 asking price is the going rate for restored Blazers of this quality.  That’s a hard pill for someone who grew up in the 1970s riding in the back of SUVs like this when they were barely worth anything.

If you are serious about buying this K5 Blazer, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their restored SUV featured here on Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“For sale is a 1971 K5 Blazer. Owned by myself for just under 6 years. Underwent restoration in 2008 with the previous owner. Mechanically incredibly sound with no notable issues other than minor oil and transmission leaks that the mechanic says wasn’t significant enough to repair.





1971 K5 Blazer
Bought 7/1/17 6k miles since then
current odometer about 23k
2008 Restoration previous owners.
350 V8
3-speed auto TH350
Edelbrock long tube headers
Weiand Intake
Holley Four Barrel carb
Power steering And breaks
Front discs
Tachometer option
Old Air Air conditioning retrofit air system.
Garage kept the whole time. Daily driver for year one, then just once a week.

Show or go: What would you do with this restored 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer for sale?  Please comment below and let us know!


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