Beginning in 1969, Chevrolet introduced what would for the next 30 odd years be named the Chevy Blazer. The Blazer began its run dubbed the K5 on Chevy's truck platform, but that doesn't mean it was boring. As a matter of fact, it didn't lack in the fun department at all. In some nifty design work, Chevrolet engineers added an optional removable top for all their California-loving 4x4 fans. That decision turned out to be a hit for the automotive manufacturer.
When Chevrolet released its first K5 Blazer in 1969, it was in an effort to get into the off-road and S.U.V. market. Chevy needed to compete with its largest rivals (Ford and Dodge), but in reality, they were all chasing after the king of the hill - the Jeep CJ.
A Big Hit for Bow Tie Fans
Chevy’s successful, cost-saving approach for G.M. to enter the S.U.V. market ended up making its loyal customers quite happy. For the first time, buyers could add the creature comfort items found in full-size pickups but in a smaller, more utilitarian package. Ford, Dodge and Jeep hadn't offered those options to the public yet, and that made the Blazer stand out amongst the crowd. Today these vintage Blazers are worth a stack of cash, depending on what you're looking to buy. Thrifty, Vintage 4x4 automotive enthusiasts will find the options are essentially endless. That's great, because that means more fun for all of us.
1970 Fun Facts from The Past
F.Y.I. A gallon of gasoline cost you 59 cents in 1970.
Living in 1970: The average household income was just over $12,600.
In the Movies 1970: “Beneath The Planet of the Apes” was one of the most popular movies in 1970.
Billboard Charts 1970: “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel was a smash hit back in 1970.
Economic Fact: Unemployment in America in 1970 was 4.9%.
1970 College Football Champ: Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Repair or Replace
1970 Chevrolet K5 Blazer
Online Pricing: $10-50K+
Quick Look Paint:
❖ Fenders x2-
❖ Doors x2-
❖ Rockers x2-
❖ Convertible Top
❖ Add for jams on all parts-
(Paint) Labor and Materials- $6k + (Media Blast)- $2K
Quick Look Body:
❖ Body (Glass, Trim, Interior, Exterior,)- $4k+
❖ Repair existing damage after media blasting.
❖ 90 hrs repair at $100 a billable hr. (including prime and block).
(Body)-Labor and materials- $21k