The 2019 SEMA Show, which will be held from November 5 to November 8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, will feature an amazing Chevy Blazer-Tahoe mashup from Motorhead Garage host John Gardner, who recently teased the ‘Retro Tahoe,’ created by Flat Out Autos in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on Facebook.
Flat Out, which specializes in coach-built and resto-modded American classics, sold a reworked 1958 Chevrolet C2 Corvette at Barrett-Jackson for $350,000 in 2018. Their new project is a tribute to the style of the iconic K5 Blazer, a full-size sport-utility vehicle built between 1969 and 1972. The front and rear ends are inspired by the design of the original 1969 truck and include classic Chevy truck wheels and a signature center grille bar, featured on the 1969 model.
This has old looks and modern amenities. https://t.co/dNwZXoVL2H— MOTOR1 (@Motor1com) October 18, 2019
From the images and videos that have been released, it looks like everything below the factory window line has been overhauled except for the door handles. Meanwhile, the blue paint and white top, as well as the OEM-style chrome bumpers and steel wheels, look perfectly retro on the K5 Tahoe.
Despite having an extra set of doors, the K5 Tahoe looks proportionally the same as the original Blazer, although the factory rake of the windshield does make the front end look awkwardly tall. No doubt, this mash-up will elicit endless comments yet the quality of work is impeccable, especially considering the wide front fenders managed to merge seamlessly into the front doors. Lastly, the CHEVROLET lettering etched across the back reminds you that they don’t make them like this anymore.
The original K5 Blazer, a short wheelbase truck, was first sold in 1969 as a four-wheel-drive only. The following year, a two-wheel-drive model was offered. The K5 was available in power plant options: the 250 straight-6, the 292 straight-6, the 307 V8, and the 350 V8. Designed to compete with International Harvester Scout and the Ford Bronco, the Blazer offered a shortened pickup truck, which increased interior space and decreased production costs with a shared platform. By 1970, the Blazer was outselling both of its older rivals. The full-size Blazer, which was discontinued for 1995, was replaced by the Chevrolet Tahoe and featured a two-door and four-door body style.