1976 Chevrolet Blazer Chalet

SOLD $59,900  GARAGE KEPT MOTORS  |  GRAND RAPIDS, MI

The Model.

In the late 70s, weekend campers were all the rage. Dodge had the Coachman, Toyota offered the Chinook, Volkswagen made the Westfalia, and Ford sold the Econoline Camper. But the Chevy variation, the Blazer Chalet, was another beast entirely. It was built on a true off-road machine that could go deep into the unknown while still offering the comforts of home. At least in theory. 

The Chevy Blazer Chalet (also badged as the GMC Casa Grande) was a modified K5 Blazer Cheyenne with a pop-up camper on the back. About 1,800 examples were produced for the ‘76 and ‘77 model years. 

While the K5 Blazer is known as a capable and powerful overland machine, it turns out that by adding the extra weight and dimension of a camper, the Blazer Chalet wasn’t really much of an an off-roader. Who’d have thought? But it was still more than capable of getting a family off the grid in comfort and style. 

From the driver’s seat, the K5 Blazer Chalet was similar to the standard SUV counterpart. But passing through the middle of the two cab captain’s chairs were two side-facing benches with capacity for two passengers each separated by a dining table. 

Keep moving backwards and you’ll access a pantry, propane heater, stove, sink, water tank, and refrigerator. Not a bad deal for about $12,500 in 1976 (about $60,000 in 2021 dollars). 

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Speaking of valuation, it’s difficult to properly pinpoint the market here due to the scarcity. A completely untouched 1976 example in pristine condition with fewer miles was brought to Bring a Trailer in March 2021 by Garage Kept Motors, selling for $125,000. A 1977 example was bid to $45,000, but ultimately did not reach the reserve.

The Specs.

At its core, we’re looking at a Chevy K5 Blazer Cheyenne with some extra heft. It shares the same powertrain and suspension genetics. It’s simple, it’s straightforward, and it’s reliable. The main difference is that instead of it driving like a brick, it’s more like a cinder block. 

MECHANICAL & SUSPENSION:

  • 5.7L V8 engine 
  • TH400 3-speed automatic transmission 
  • 2-speed NP205 transfer case
  • Solid front axle 
  • Front and rear leaf-spring suspension

EXTERIOR:

  • Two-tone paint (Beige and Orange) 
  • Front tire carrier
  • There is a giant camper on the back

INTERIOR:

  • Leather bucket seats in cab
  • A camper with a kitchenette can be found behind the cab

This Classic Camper Has Sold.

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