Is this 1972 Chevy K5 Blazer Richard Hammond's perfect Xmas present?
The retro-cool SUV seems right up Hammond's street
Old-school 70s and 80s jeeps are certainly in style right now, and this fully-restored 1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer may be one of the best out there. With nearly every part replaced or refurbished, it's ready to hit the beaches of California, or the Norfolk coast, whatever works.
Listed on auction site Bring A Trailer, this K5 is a diamond, complete with its removable hardtop for those late-night beach trips.
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Finished in the unusually-named 'Hugger Orange' with white accents, this K5 has benefitted from a 4" suspension lift, making it even more versatile without becoming unusable on city streets.
The vendor acquired the car back in 2018, and has refurbished it extensively. The body was completely repainted, and the chassis, engine and differential all received a refresh and refinish.
It has also been upgraded to be more usable in everyday life. The Blazer has been fitted with working Air Conditioning, along with a RetroSound stereo with Bluetooth connectivity replacing the original 1970s stereo system.
The entire steering gear has been refurbished, benefitting from new components along with new BFGoodrich all-terrain tires at all four corners, on 15" wheels.
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While the interior is certainly old-school, it too has been refinished, and along with the upgrades mentioned, is a fantastically retro place to be. New carpets, seat foams and covers were all fitted, along with a renewed gauge cluster bezel and faux wood trim.
Sadly, the true milage of this blazer is unknown as the odometer gives an incorrect reading, but the V8 engine under the hood has been fully overhauled by the seller, putting power down to all four wheels via a three-speed automatic transmission and dual-range transfer case.
With the modern-day version of the Blazer's retro looks being tied to a three-year waiting list, this could've been the perfect present for Hammond, or for yourself. In the end, it sold for $85,500 - a strong price, but worth every cent.