Sometimes, 35 million pence is earned saved.
The Chevrolet Blazer K5 CST 1970 with an exciting history will be auctioned at the upcoming Mecum Auctions Indy event.
The green two-door SUV was listed for sale on a 1971 Los Angeles PennySaver classified paper for $1,800 and was purchased by Bob Bianchi, who was the first to arrive at the Bellflower warehouse where it was stored for cash.
The price paid was about half what was paid for new, but the air-conditioned truck did include a few modifications, including a rolling rod, four-head Jimny headlights, chrome off-road wheels, Positraction differentials, and Edelbrock heads for the 350-cubic-inch V8. Bianchi took it home and used it like any other vehicle, even driving it cross country, but about a decade ago he did a little research into its past and made a surprising discovery.
It turns out that it was originally owned by Solar Productions, the company of actor Steve McQueen. The truck was one of five cars purchased from Solar to use as support vehicles for McQueen’s entry in the Baja 1000 off-road race. Bianchi’s son Dustin told Fox News Autos that when he found out, he remembered that the off-road shop he had bought him from had pictures of celebrities who had done business there before and they were all clicked on.
There is no concrete evidence that McQueen ever drove it, but the association nonetheless gives it a popular source that you won’t find with most Blazers.
The truck has remained in the Bianchi family ever since and was used regularly until 2001, when it entered semi-retirement in Big Bear, California, and was taken only on weekends.
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Bob fell ill and died in 2020, but Justin said he and his two brothers had the opportunity to talk to him about what to do with the truck, which was part of the family.
“It’s synonymous with my father,” he said. “Everyone knows Blazer and Dad.”
The Blazer remains in perfect condition throughout the years and miles it has gone and has an estimated value of $350,000 to $375,000, or more than three times what Haggerty says a person in perfect condition would go without a Hollywood history.
Given what it’s worth and the cost of insuring and looking after collectibles like him, Dustin said they decided leaving it was the best option, though it was difficult, but considered using the proceeds to build three more affordable replicas for you to remember.
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