Industrial strength off-roaders don't come much more intimidating than this 1991 Chevrolet K5 Blazer. With bright red paint and interior, off-road-rated hardware underneath, and a heavy-duty look, it's in-the-dirt fun that remains eminently affordable.
Bright red is never a mistake and it appears to be this truck’s original color. In 1991, the Blazer was nearing the end of its life, but GM still put a lot of effort into their 2-door 4x4. More recently, someone has spent quite a bit of money freshening it, and aside from the hood, all the sheetmetal is apparently original, giving us a pretty good insight into the care that this truck has enjoyed over the years. In fact, it's likely that it was nowhere near this shiny when it was new, given the limitations of GM paint in the early 1990s, and they shaved a few details while they were at it to enhance the brutal look. No emblems, no chrome wheel arch moldings, and no hood ornament all give this Blazer a rather sleek look. The grille should be familiar to anyone who was paying attention to cars and trucks in the early 1990s and you could probably make the argument that Chevy hasn't built a better-looking SUV since this one. The chrome that does remain, including the bumpers and big side mirrors, is in excellent condition and offers a great contrast to the shiny red paint.
Handsome burgundy cloth seat covers set the tone inside, where it looks crisp, clean, and like 1991 all over again. Fortunately, that's a good thing, because the bucket seats are comfortable, the new carpets make it feel luxurious, and there's room for three across in back with no complaints. The factory gauges cover the primary functions and still look good considering their age and there's a handy center console for storage between the seats. Factory options include A/C (now using R134a refrigerant), a tilt steering column, power windows and locks, and an AM/FM/CD radio that's an upgrade over the factory Delco unit. The cargo bay is finished with matching red carpets and has enough room for that big camping trip you've been planning or just a trip to Home Depot this weekend. And yes, the fiberglass roof is removable for a cool open-air driving experience that appears to be unique to 4x4 vehicles.
The 350 cubic inch V8 is the truck's original engine and at a glance, it looks quite stock, including the factory air cleaner/ That's purely intentional because the name of the game with this truck is reliability, and they wisely stayed away from any significant (and questionable) upgrades. The A/C compressor seems to be recent and the 700R4 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission was apparently rebuilt and fitted with a shift kit to firm things up a bit. The 2-speed transfer case and both axles are built for heavy-duty fun in the dirt, so no worries about plunging into the brush. The undercarriage isn't restored, but at the same time you won't find any cause for alarm and it doesn't look like this truck has spent much time off-roading, although with a 4-inch suspension lift it's certainly capable. There’s a new single exhaust system with a Flowmaster muffler, so it sounds aggressive and stock truck Rally wheels add a brutal look and carry aggressive 36x12.50-15 off-road radials.
A neat old 4x4 with a lot of money invested to keep it at the top of its game. If you remember these trucks, you've probably wanted one for a long time, and this is an excellent choice. Call today!