Bone Stock Original:

1986 Chevrolet K5 Blazer 4x4

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Chevrolet's K5 Blazer was a stroke of genius: create a small 4x4 SUV on a shortened pickup truck chassis, offer creature comforts heretofore not seen on the utilitarian off-road-capable vehicles like Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco, and you'll have an instant winner!



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Just a year after it was introduced in 1969, the Blazer started outselling its 4x4 rivals from the Blue Oval, IH Scout and Jeepster camps. Almost a Million of the classic, first-and-second-series K5s were sold between 1969 and 1991.

This Blazer was one of 37,310 such vehicles manufactured in 1986. Sold new in California, it spent over 30 years with its original owner, who always garaged and babied it like a favorite child, hardly ever venturing off the beaten path.

Since most of these rugged 4x4s were ridden hard and put away wet, it is very unusual to see a well-maintained, original Blazer that's not been sliced, diced and altered beyond repair. This fab survivor even comes with its original owner's manual inside the glove box.

Options? Do we have options for you! Sticker on glove box lid reveals Blazer's factory-installed equipment. Among other items, this SUV was ordered with the Silverado package, air conditioning, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, AM/FM stereo, deep tinted glass, intermittent wipers, and 31 gallon fuel tank.

Clean engine bay houses the optional L-code 5.7-liter (350cu.in.) V8, the most powerful engine available for 1986.

Power brakes (with discs up front), power steering, power windows and power door locks are also fitted.

Super sano and not a leaker! Note factory skid plate.

Blazer features special-order two-tone Slate Gray with white paint. We're happy to report that our electronic measuring device revealed the paint to be 100% factory-applied original, with the exception of the hood, which we had repainted due to some fading; it matches excellently. We've also had the windshield -- with integrated radio antenna -- and windshield seal (including the chrome insert) replaced.

This Blazer has never been hit or even scraped; there are no bubbles, dents, dings or other blems to lose sleep over. It is guaranteed to be rust and accident free!
Note Blazer's stance - this one has never been lifted or altered in any way. Original Chevrolet Rally wheels are shod with excellent radial tires of the correct dimension.

Inside, the good news continues: the vulnerable dash has resisted the harmful UV rays and presents itself free of unsightly splits or cracks. Apart from the welcome addition of a tachometer down below, the cabin remains bone stock and unaltered, including the like-new steering wheel. Note functional vent windows, a very neat feature of bygone days.

Blazer features full analog instrumentation. All gauges and lights work as they should. This SUV was sparingly driven, less than 3,000 miles annually, on average.

Yes, this is the original silver-gray velour upholstery and it looks fabulous! Only a fastidiously kept vehicle can boast of seats this clean and tidy, after 32 years of use.

Simply astonishing!

With its full-width rear bench, Blazer seats five adults. Rear seat also folds forward if more cargo space is needed.

Blazer's white steel hardtop can be unbolted for open-air driving or to transport very tall items, if so desired.

Tailgate features a power window, operable via the key or a remote switch on the dashboard. Carpeted cargo area looks very clean and tidy.


Befitting a life-long California SUV, K5's undercarriage is free of rust or damage. Everything looks clean and well-maintained, including the factory exhaust.
Note the H.D. trans and radiator oil coolers and skid plate shielding the fuel tank.

Friday, July 28th was another sunny day here in Ventura. Off we went on a fun test drive and photo session!

The Blazer starts, idles, runs, drives, handles and stops faultlessly. Shifts managed by the 700R4 (4L60) four-speed overdrive automatic tranny are smooth.

Power is distributed via the NP208 chain driven part-time four wheel drive (with automatic locking hubs) via 10-bolt axles to the wheels. Final drive ratio is 3.08:1, which makes for pleasant highway cruising. Off-highway, the Blazer is a beast, with its G80 locking diff, 35-degree approach angle, a 34-degree front turn angle for a tight, 37.6ft. turning radius and plenty of ground clearance. We're happy to report that all 4x4 functions work as intended.

Just cruisin'.

Be it on the freeway or off-road, this classic Blazer holds its own, while being far more stylish and rugged than even its new-Millennium competition. It delivers all you expect from a fine GM product: it's good looking, simple to maintain, easy on the pocket book. All that while being a stout performer!

Now a sought-after classic, the 1969 - 1991 Blazer K5 was ubiquitous when new. Today, more than three decades later, good surviving examples like this outstanding specimen are very hard to find.
This Slate Gray beauty is ready to deliver a daily dose of pride of ownership, because it begs to be driven!


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You are most welcome to inspect this fine automobile at our location in Ventura, by appointment, or have someone inspect it for you.
Please, direct all inquiries to bill@californiaclassix.com or call us at 805-653-5551.