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New Velocity K5 Blazers bring modern features to an old classic


Velocity Modern Classics, a classic vehicle modernization company, has just announced its new line of classic Chevy K5 Blazers. The new 1969-72 Velocity K5 Blazers have been reimagined and rebuilt from the ground up as turnkey drivers.

They feature restored bodies paired with V8 engines and modern drivetrains. The K5s also come equipped with handcrafted custom interiors and plenty of modern creature comforts.

The Velocity K5 Blazers: A Modernized Classic

Sitting on a Velocity Modern Classics frame, each Velocity Blazer comes outfitted with a Dana 44 front axle and Dana 60 rear. A 6.2L Gen V LT1 engine brings the K5 to life with 455 horsepower mated to a 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission. A custom-built performance exhaust accentuates the roar of the V8, while Wilwood four-wheel disc brakes stop the Blazer.

“The Signature Series K5 Blazer is a testament to Velocity’s passion for bringing classic restoration artistry to the modern world,” said Director of Research and Development Cody Dabney. “Our team has been working tirelessly to overengineer every aspect of these vehicles, ensuring they’re not only beautiful but also reliable and functional. The K5 is a great addition to our line of signature vehicles, and we can’t wait to get it out to the world.”

A Perfect Blend of Modern and Vintage

The interior and exterior of the truck have been reimagined to include modern features that drivers have grown accustomed to while still maintaining the vintage look and classic spirit of the original. The exterior features custom Glasurit single or two-tone paint and an OEM-style hardtop. JW Speaker LED headlights light up the night set in a bespoke chrome grill with matching chrome bumpers. The K5 grips the road thanks to 35-inch BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires wrapped around 17-inch Pacer polished steel wheels. Amp Research PowerStep retractable running boards, all-new glass and weather seals complete the exterior.

Inside the cabin, Velocity’s craftsmen have transformed the K5 into a luxurious blend of modern and vintage. As a nod to classic GM vehicles, each Blazer offers color-matched upholstery, carpet, dash pad, custom headliner and optional Velocity door panels. Velocity-exclusive bucket seats in the front and a rear bench provide seating for passengers and are available in marine-grade vinyl or custom leather for a more premium feel. The front buckets can also be optionally heated or ventilated for improved comfort. A Bluetooth stereo pumps sound to the Focal Audio speakers and subwoofer, with an optional upgrade to include an Apple CarPlay-enabled touch screen with a backup camera. Modern climate control is handled through a Vintage Air air-conditioning system, and a Velocity-exclusive Dakota Digital gauge cluster and Ididit tilt steering column accent the custom dash. Other optional upgrades include an anti-theft system, interior billet appearance package and XM radio.

The Velocity K5 Blazer will serve as Velocity’s third line of Signature Series vehicles, joining the Bronco and F-250 lines. Each Signature Series vehicle is built in-house on an unprecedented 14-week timeline from order to delivery. Velocity is now taking reservations for the first round of Blazers, with deliveries scheduled for fall 2023.

The bottom line

What is old, is new again! The classic Chevy K5 Blazer was sought after 4×4 back in the day and now with modern upgrades, it looks like a sure winner in our book.

Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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  1. Gene May 15, 2023

    I wonder what the analytics would look like for a long term review of this.

    1. Tim Esterdahl May 15, 2023

      I predict not very well.


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