For years now, it’s been Land Cruisers, Ford Broncos, and the Land Rover Defender that have served as the resto-modded machine of choice for builders seeking big bucks. Now another is set to join their ranks as Velocity Modern Classics rolls out its reworked lineup of the biggest Blazer. The Chevrolet K5 Blazer is getting a whole lot of love, and it will cost you an insane amount of money to have one built like this.
Velocity starts with a fresh frame. Next, this basically new Blazer gets a Dana 44 up front and a Dana 60 in the back. You need power, of course, so Velocity employs GM’s LT1 6.2-liter V8 which produces 455 hp. That mill is paired with a 10-speed automatic. There’s a set of 17″ wheels wearing 35″ BFG rubber, and the rolling bits hid a set of Wilwood brakes. So mechanically, it’s pretty well set up.
On the inside, the trucks are nicely set up with a choice between marine-grade vinyl or vintage-looking leather. Additionally, you get Vintage Air to keep you cool, a sound system with Focal speakers and Bluetooth, or an upgraded sound system with Apple CarPlay.
I have to admit that these rigs do look pretty darn good. The wheel and tire setup is a far cry from the typically tacky stuff seen on resto-mod SUVs. The exterior remains simply stylish with a good choice of available color options. And the interior looks nice and clean. It does look like maybe a Grant steering wheel is tossed on there, and I’m hit-and-miss on the use of Dakota Digital gauges, but otherwise, it’s nice.
What’s not nice is the price. The starting price that Velocity asks is a truly insane $380,000. I understand there’s no shortage of rich morons ready to be separated from their cash, so Velocity will sell plenty of these. I also know the price of the K5 has gone way up recently. But my neighbor literally bought a decent runner a month ago for about $12,000. With an engine swap and a paint job, he’s halfway to glory, apparently.
The work Velocity does look very nice. I enjoy the vehicles they’re choosing to resto-mod, as you can also get a Bronco, F-250, or a Scout as well. But the price of resto-mod machines is more broken than ever before. Sure, it follows new, used, and classic car pricing, but that’s busted too.
I guarantee I’d love driving one of these. But I think the person who buys one is no fan of the Blazer but a fan of spending their money and letting their friends know how much they spent when they did.
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