This 1987 Chevrolet Blazer K5 is the right mix of style and substance

After all, this is a full-size 4×4 with an upgraded beefy look and bold paint. That’s part of a solid package that also includes proper V8 power and an overdrive transmission.

You know that shade of purple wasn’t on the factory menu, and so it instantly sets the Blazer apart. It’s a quality respray that obviously attracts attention, and it only takes a good buff to have a car show kind of shine. Purposeful boldness seems to be at the heart of this Blazer’s appearance. After all, the racing stripes on the hood highlight the power dome, and at the same time coordinate with the removable hardtop. And those Ion Alloy wheels have an attractive bright style while also attracting extra attention to the lifted 4×4 stance. Added side steps, wide towing mirrors, and a proper trailer hitch are also part of this useful total package.

The interior shows off more of the thoughtful style. For example, you have high-back bucket seats up front finished in a comfy velour. The rear set is in a coordinating shade of tan, but it’s finished in a more robust vinyl. That makes it easier to have out in the elements when the removable hardtop is out. Good door panels, newer capering, and an overall clean style make for a quality feel. There’s added comfort with the AM/FM/CD stereo and provisions for R134a air conditioning (it will require servicing to blow cold again.) And the driver’s seat is a proper command position. You have a center console, tilt steering column, and wraparound gauge panel.

Under the hood is a 350 cubic-inch V8 with a four-barrel carburetor on top. It fires up like a hardy small block should, and the Flowmasters on the dual exhaust give it a nice rumble. As you look underneath, you’ll spot fresher components, and there are even purple covers to match the body. The two-speed 4×4 transfer case, lifted stance, and brand new Cooper Discoverer MTP tires give this a strong off-road presence. But this is also a solid driver with power steering, power brakes, front discs, and a 700R4 four-speed automatic with highway-friendly overdrive.

Price: $29,995

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Location: La Vergne, Tennessee, United States