In the 1970s, the prototype of the modern SUV began to appear in the North American market. This kind of off-road vehicle derived from the pickup truck has the same flexible rear space as the pickup truck. When the soft top of the rear row is removed, Their tops can completely form the appearance of a pickup truck, except that the cab and the rear are completely connected, and the wheelbase is shorter. Therefore, when this type of vehicle is converted into a camper, it has a natural advantage. I have to say that the American off-road vehicles in the 1970s were much more fun than the current ones.
The camper van I’m going to talk about today was built by Chalet Camper based on the 1976 Chevrolet Blazer in the late 1970s. At that time, this model was limited to 1,800 vehicles. And its space composition and setting of camping methods also take full advantage of the soft top of Chevrolet Blazer, and refit a set of camping kits to the rear of the vehicle. Formed a kind of off-road RV modification scheme between pickup truck and traditional off-road vehicle.
From the appearance point of view, the Chevrolet Blazer two-door short-axle car structure was completely continued at that time, including its integral side wall. The camping kit forms a piggyback cabin behind the B-pillar in an outboard manner. However, the size of this cabin is significantly smaller than that of a traditional pickup camper, and it does not deliberately emphasize the overall sense with the side of the body.
And after lifting the chassis, the whole vehicle posture of this camper also presents a very tall side. Even after adding a goose roof design, it does not appear to be overweight, which is common in campers based on pickup trucks. However, since the way of getting on and off the camping cabin is defined at the rear, the external spare tire has also been moved from the rear of the vehicle to the front of the vehicle. This design was very common on American cars in the 1980s and 1990s. In terms of body color, this Chevrolet Blazer Chalet camper also used the most popular wood grain veneer pattern in the North American station wagon market at that time to embellish the body.
Inside the vehicle, the living area of the Chevrolet Blazer Chalet camper is not luxurious due to the limitation of the short wheelbase. Of course, a large part of this is due to the fact that this car was born a long time ago. The car provides accommodation for up to four adults, including the goose roof. In terms of equipment, the Chevrolet Blazer Chalet camper is not ambiguous. Portable cooking stoves, sinks, three-way refrigerators, camping heaters, and more. And the texture of the interior is indeed the taste of the 1970s, very retro.
In terms of power, the Chevrolet Blazer Chalet is still equipped with 400 SBC power, with a maximum output of 130 kW and a maximum torque of 393 Nm. It is matched with GM TH400 three-speed automatic transmission and full-time four-wheel drive system. As a camper van born in the 1970s, this Chevrolet Blazer Chalet camper van has a mileage of 112,600 kilometers. It can be collected as a retro car, but it can also show off its personal charm. Currently, the Chevrolet Blazer Chalet camper is priced at US$19,900, or approximately RMB 138,000.