1976 Chevrolet Blazer Chalet
1976 Chevrolet Blazer Chalet
- 350 V8
- Pop Up Camper Top
- One Owner
- Original Title
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“… (a) 4-wheel-drive cabin in the woods.” Chevrolet Blazer Chalet magazine advertisement
The advertising copywriters went on: “Did you ever notice that the toughest places to get to usually turn out to be the nicest places to stay? Too bad you couldn't have a neat little cabin right in the middle of it all. With a new Chevy Blazer Chalet, you've got it.”
“Blazer Chalet also takes care of staying there (in those nicest places). You take your cabin right with you. Chalet has a permanently mounted fiberglass-reinforced plastic camper body over a rigid steel frame. Convertible seats/bunks provide seating for four or sleeping for two. Among Chalet's many features are a dinette table, stainless steel galley, LPG stove, and available heater. And a pop-up camper top allows for over six feet of head room.”
Offered here is a rare opportunity to acquire an original 1976 Blazer Chalet has been properly cared for over 45 years by the same owner family, and recently refreshed. This special-purpose vehicle was built at the Flint, Michigan Chevrolet assembly plant. The Blazer Chalet's odometer shows just 88,422 miles, fewer than 2,000 miles per-year on average since new. Its outstanding overall condition is a testament to commendable owner pride and care through the years.
The Blazer Chalet's exterior two-tone paint colors—burnt-orange-and cream, with striping—were special and unique to this model. All the paintwork is as close to showroom-new in appearance as a 45-year-old vehicle could possibly be: smooth, evenly glossy, unmarred in any way. (To best assess the quality of the paint and trim finishes, be sure to view the close-up photographs of the car in the accompanying gallery.) These special Blazers may well have benefitted from added scrutiny during assembly; body-panel fit is excellent. Chrome bumpers, mirrors, and wheel-well trim—all part of the Cheyenne package—are all in like-new condition. All factory badging—including the front-fender “K5 Blazer” emblems—is in place. Cabin glass on both the SUV and the camper is clear and free of cracks; all lighting lenses are similarly pristine (notice how the camper's separate taillights are identical to the Blazer's as the camper was “removable”). The camper's pop-up roof works as intended. The normally cargo-area-mounted spare tire (a thin-whitewall tire here) is mounted on a special front-bumper carrier. White-painted, 8-spoke wheels (with front locking hubs) are mounted with Wildcat® Radial LT outline-white-letter tires.
Inside, the properly kept condition of all surfaces is exemplary: perfectly clean and unmarred. In the Blazer cabin, that includes brown vinyl seat upholstery, burnt-orange carpeting, tan dash with woodgrain trim, the same trim on the doors with storage pockets added, even the finish on the “Cheyenne” dashboard badge facing the front passenger. The bowtie-branded stock steering wheel frames the woodgrain-trimmed instrument cluster (with instrument lenses and graphic markings, including the fluorescent indicator needles, in excellent condition); the shift lever for the automatic transmission is mounted on the steering column. To the right, slide-level HVAC controls are just above the factory AM-FM push-button radio. The four-wheel-drive transfer-case selector is mounted on the floor.
The camper's interior is similarly free of obvious wear, much less any sign of damage or inconsiderate use. Everything from the floors, to the brown-vinyl upholstered seating, to the fabric “walls” in the pop-up “attic,” to the countertops, cabinets, and galley… all of it is in beautiful shape. It's hard to imagine a hunter's dirty boot ever made it inside.
Under the hood, the 350-cubic-inch V8 wears the correct orange engine-block paint. While surface rust is present in the engine bay, every component—including the refreshed air conditioning system—is present and correctly installed; no modifications have been added. Viewed from below, the SUV's chassis is straight, complete, and undamaged. Here, too, surface rust is present on untreated metal. Even the frame cross-member protecting the transfer case remains mounted.
All build and vehicle-information data tags are in place, including the RV Industry Association serial-number badge in the camper. A copy of the Blazer's original title is also included.
While the more than 135 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '76 Blazer Chalet in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
That old Chevy magazine ad ended with: “Before you think about roughing it in the woods, think about talking to your Chevy dealer about how easy it can be with a new Blazer Chalet.” The last part of that sentence should now read: “Think about getting in touch with Garage Kept Motors....”