Chevy's Blazer was named for its expected off-road prowess, literally blazing trails. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe custom roadster is a Blazer that blazes on-road only, but will paying its asking price mean you'd get burned?
VW Vortexicans are a focused bunch, eating, sleeping, and fahrvergnügening all things People's Car. They also seem unable to find a single Wolfsburg product that they don't like. Fortunately you all are more level headed, and historically have come across plenty of candidates here that didn't give you a tingle in your trousers. Yesterday's mostly restored 1990 VW Corrado G60 did manage to float your boat - to the tune of a 62% Nice Price win, even with a gas tank that only went to three quarters.
Some might consider the Chevy Blazer to be three quarters of a C/K-series pickup. Others might classify it as 100% Chevy's answer to competition such as the Ford Bronco, International Scout or going Commando in a Jeep. However you add it up, the short-wheelbase, removable roof, trucklet ensured that Chevy fanatics had a Blazer to go with their bow ties.
Originally only available as a 4X4, later Blazers also offered a soft-roader option with only two wheel drive. That's the case of today's matte-finish custom ‘72 Blazer which is described by its seller as a roadster. Denuded of external trim, badging and side lights, the clean lines of this Blazer are allowed to stand on their own merits. The shaved door handles require electric poppers to open the doors, which of course also demand a good battery lest they become as impenetrable as a purity ring wearer's panties. Or you could just go over the top.
The lack of an actual top is probably what the seller of this custom Blazer uses as reason for its description as a roadster, despite that not being the proper form of specification. Actual roadsters may come with tops, although they typically don't have roll-up windows, which this Blazer possesses. It also comes with a pair of sixties-flat bucket seats and a wide custom console that rolls up into the body color dash. Beneath the console is a TH400 automatic, and bolted ahead of that is what is described as a big block V8. How big? What kind of block? Who knows? Suffice to say that the engine looks semi-show vs go, but with a 4BBL OPEC ATM sitting atop, it should be good for entertainment, both aural and visceral. Out back there is a 12-bolt rear end, and the whole ball of wax has been slammed on its shiny American Mag wheels like Skrillex drops the bass.
There's a lot to like with this Blazer, the overall look is clean and the satin charcoal finish is what all the kids are dancing to these days. Plus it has a large and in charge mill that will make this a hot rod without implying the small size of your rod. But it's not perfect. First off, there's the lack of any sort of weather protection which makes this truck a fair weather friend. Then there's the noted lack of seatbelts and working horn which will conspire to make your last moments on earth a quiet affair should you get in an accident in it. There are some little round mirrors bolted atop the windshield frame so you could check yourself before you wreck yourself.
Finally, there's the price for this 64-miles clean since rehab Blazer. It's $14,999 and that may be seen as either being for it, or agin' it, but that's up to you to decide. So, what do you think, does that price make this a custom Blazer that would be easy to slip into? Or, does that, and its inherent hot rod limitations make this a truck for which you don't give a. . .
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