The Market Value of This $87,500 1970 Chevy K5 Blazer Went Up 157 Percent Since Last Year

Classic truck prices, this is tower. You have been cleared to absolutely take off.

byJames Gilboy|
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February of 2019 was a strange time. Everyone thought the $35,000 Tesla Model 3 was here to stay, and that a tastefully modified 1970 Chevrolet K5 Blazer CST 4x4 was worth about $34,000. Nineteen months later, the everyman's Tesla is but a memory, and that Blazer? According to a Bring A Trailer bidding war that wrapped up Tuesday, it's officially worth almost $90,000.

Indeed, this Blazer—which didn't even meet its reserve when originally listed on the infamously spendy auction site—is a nicely resto-modded example, though it wasn't hard to see why it failed to sell back in 2019. Its unoriginal paint and extensive modifications made it a tough sell to the numbers-matching crowd, whereas its conservative modifications limited its appeal to those seeking novelty or flex factor.

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Nevertheless, some classic trucks' values seem to have since gone through the roof, and this Blazer was no exception. Without changing hands, and with a further 1,000 miles on the odometer, the same Blazer that failed to meet reserve at $34,000 instead soared to a final bid of $87,500. That's 257 percent of its 2019 price, and a shock to Bring A Trailer commenters, many of whom are befuddled at the Chevy's sky-high valuation.

1970 Chevrolet K5 Blazer CST 4x4, Bring A Trailer

Shockingly, though, this Blazer is far from the most expensive to have sold even this year. In April, a 1972 Blazer heavily reworked by famed custom car shop Ringbrothers collected an unprecedented $300,000—also from a Bring A Trailer bidder, who paid 7.5 times the price of the site's previous record-holding Blazer. Going by what appears to be happening to the prices for vintage off-roaders, now may be the time to pull the trigger on the International Scout you've been eyeing. Because if you don't, some dirty, dirty financial speculator may.

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