Preserved Off-Roader: 1976 Chevrolet K5 Blazer Cheyenne

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Some owners will strive to return an aging classic to its former glory, while others will preserve their pride and joy as a genuine survivor. This 1976 Chevrolet K5 Blazer falls into the second category and is guaranteed to attract as much attention in its current form as it would if returned to a pristine state. It has spent its life in a dry climate, allowing it to remain virtually rust-free. Its most pressing need is a new home, with the seller listing the Blazer here on eBay in Austin, Texas. They set a BIN of $17,950 but leave the option for interested parties to make an offer.

Chevrolet introduced the Second Generation of its Blazer range for the 1973 model year, with vehicles remaining in showrooms until 1991. The new model was physically larger than its predecessor, with the styling crisper and more modern. The original owner ordered this Blazer in 1976, selecting a stunning color combination of Moss Gold and Frost White. Life in Texas has baked the paint, but further deterioration shouldn’t be an issue following the seller’s decision to seal the existing paint with a clearcoat to preserve its “survivor” look. This won’t appeal to everyone, but performing a cosmetic refresh shouldn’t present many challenges. The panels are surprisingly straight for a vehicle of this type, but the dry climate existence has allowed this classic to remain relatively rust-free. There are signs of minor and repairable rust in the lower rear quarter panels, but the underside shots reveal no significant problems. The seller welcomes in-person inspections and is happy to point out any flaws and potential issues. The trim and Rally wheels are in good order for their age, and there are no issues with the Soft Ray tinted glass.

Buyers could choose from several engines to power their 1976 Blazer, with this classic powered by the 350ci V8. Shifting duties fall to a three-speed automatic transmission, with power assistance for the steering and brakes making light work of the driving experience. The small-block produced 165hp and 255 ft/lbs of torque when this Chevy rolled off the showroom floor, but that figure may have climbed slightly. The seller recently installed a new Edelbrock AVS2 carburetor which will improve breathing. They also added a new battery and tires. The Edelbrock represents the only mechanical modification to a vehicle that runs exceptionally well. The seller admits there is a slight leak from the timing cover, but it doesn’t sound like it is severe. Their willingness to accommodate in-person inspections suggests they have nothing to hide. They describe the engine as strong and the driving experience as easy. It makes the concept of flying in and driving home viable for those wishing to build a relationship with their new toy.

The Blazer’s interior is basically unmolested, with the only upgrade being a vintage Pioneer cassette player. The vehicle retains its original factory features, including ice-cold air conditioning, a rear seat, cruise control, a factory tachometer, and an AM/FM radio. The driver’s seat has a split in the base, but the remaining Saddle vinyl upholstered surfaces look impressive for their age. The carpet is excellent, and the dash hasn’t succumbed to the harsh Texas sun.

This 1976 Chevrolet K5 Blazer Cheyenne would suit an enthusiast seeking a survivor-grade off-roader they can enjoy immediately. It appears to be a rock-solid classic with no pressing needs. The new owner could continue the preservation theme, although a cosmetic refresh in their home workshop may prove both viable and irresistible. Which path would you choose if you decided to take this Blazer home?

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