Back in 1969, Chevrolet was caught off guard with the success of the Ford Bronco, Jeep CJ, and International Harvester Scout. Simply, the market wanted small, good-looking and capable off-road SUVs but Chevrolet didn’t have any in its model lineup. Something had to be done so the Chevrolet engineers thought of a brilliant idea. They would use an existing pickup truck and mount a full interior and roof.
And they would name it the Blazer or GMC Jimmy. The idea was great, so soon Chevrolet fans had a new SUV model with bigger dimensions than the competitors. But it also had some bigger engines under the hood. At first, all-wheel drive was the only option. While some versions came with rear-wheel drive only, soon AWD became standard. The Blazer became popular and was used not only by civilians but also by the U.S. military.
It sold well in America as well as in the rest of the world, especially if they equipped it with a 6.2-liter diesel V8 engine. The Blazer was so popular that the second generation stayed in production from 1973 to 1991 with minimal modifications. But the prices are on the rise, so if you want one, you should hurry up.