- Serial Number 1221
- Family Owned Since New: Derrow Chevrolet
- Chalet Camper Package
- R Code 400ci V8
- 49k Original Miles
- Fresh Restoration
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"... (a) 4-wheel-drive cabin in the woods." Chevrolet Blazer Chalet magazine advertisement, 1977
The advertising copywriters went on: "Did you ever notice that the toughest places to get to usually turn out to be the nicest places to stay? Too bad you couldn't have a neat little cabin right in the middle of it all. With a new Chevy Blazer Chalet, you've got it."
"Blazer Chalet also takes care of staying there (in those nicest places). You take your cabin right with you. Chalet has a permanently mounted fiberglass-reinforced plastic camper body over a rigid steel frame. Convertible seats/bunks provide seating for four or sleeping for two. Among Chalet's many features are a dinette table, stainless steel galley, LPG stove, and available heater. And a pop-up camper top allows for over six feet of head room."
Offered here is a rare opportunity to acquire an original 1977 Blazer Chalet (serial number: 1221) that has been properly cared for over 34 years by the same owner family and recently fully restored. This special-purpose vehicle was built at the Flint, Michigan Chevrolet assembly plant and delivered to Derrow Chevrolet, of Defiance, Ohio to be purchased by its owner on November 7, 1977, just in time for deer-hunting season. The Blazer Chalet's odometer shows just 49,675 miles, fewer than 1,500 miles per-year on average since new. Not only is this unique vehicle in pristine condition, the sale includes extensive documentation (build sheet and original window sticker) and the full packet of literature (including the owner's manual) given to the owner at purchase.
The Blazer Chalet's exterior two-tone paint colors-burnt-orange-and cream, with striping-were special and unique to this model. (To see the extensive standard and optional-equipment listing, be sure to view the window-sticker and build sheet shown in the photo gallery.) All the paintwork is as close to showroom-new in appearance as a 34-year-old vehicle's could possibly be: smooth, evenly glossy, unmarred in any way. Body panel alignment is excellent. One of many nice touches: the solid cream color on the camper body features special striping which matches and "connects" to the striping on the Blazer body. These special Blazers may well have benefitted from added scrutiny during assembly; body-panel fit is excellent. Chrome bumpers, mirrors, and wheel-well trim-all part of the Cheyenne package-are all in like-new condition. All factory badging-including the front-fender "K5 Blazer" emblems, the rear-fender "Cheyenne" emblems (denoting the highest available trim level on a Blazer at the time), and the "Blazer Chalet" decals on the camper-are all in place. Cabin glass on both the SUV and the camper is clear and free of cracks; all lighting lenses are similarly pristine (notice how the camper's separate taillights are identical to the Blazer's). The camper's pop-up roof works as intended. The normally cargo-area-mounted spare tire (a Uniroyal Laredo here) is mounted on a special front-bumper carrier. Steel wheels with chrome trim rings are mounted with Cooper® Discoverer AT3 XLT raised-white-letter tires.
Inside, the freshly restored condition of all surfaces is exemplary: perfectly clean and unmarred. In the Blazer that includes tan vinyl seat upholstery, burnt-orange carpeting, tan dash with Cheyenne-package woodgrain trim, the same trim on the doors with storage pockets added, even the finish on the "Cheyenne" dashboard badge facing the front passenger. The bowtie-branded steering wheel frames the instrument cluster (with instrument lenses and graphic markings, including the fluorescent indicator needles, in excellent condition); the shift lever for the automatic transmission is mounted on the steering column. To the right, slide-level HVAC controls are just above the factory AM-FM radio. The four-wheel-drive transfer-case selector is mounted on the floor.
The camper's interior is similarly free of obvious wear, much less any sign of damage or inconsiderate use. Everything from the floors, to the upholstered seating, to the canvas "walls" in the pop-up "attic," to the countertops, cabinets, and galley... all of it is in beautiful shape. It's hard to imagine a hunter's dirty boot ever made it inside.
Under the hood, the R-Code, 400-cubic-inch V8-the largest-displacement, most powerful engine available from the factory-wearing the correct orange engine-block paint, mirrors the pristine condition seen in every other aspect of the vehicle. Every component-including air conditioning-is present and correctly installed; no modifications have been added. Viewed from below, the SUV's chassis is straight, complete, undamaged, and free of rust. Even the frame cross-member protecting the transfer case remains mounted.