I’m going to level with you all, right from the get-go: this vehicle is kind of a blank slate to me. And reading online reviews, both from the time and more recent, as well as the many CCs written on the first generation S-10, has left me none the wiser. Oh well, guess we’ll have to try a different approach. Or even several.
Enthusiasm: The Chevy S-10 Blazer? What a superb (and immaculate) machine! From its humble two-door beginnings in 1983 to the four-door wagon seen here, it kept GM in the “small SUV” game against Jeep, Ford and an increasing amount of Japanese and European competitors. From the venerable Iron Duke to the thirsty but gutsy 4.3 litre V6, it featured a wide array of choice power plants to motivate two or four wheels.
Irony: Oh, and the Irv Rybicki styling was soooo edgy. It really looked trendy in 1983 and even more ten years later. You can tell they really tried hard on this one, chucking away the rule book – but keeping the ruler. And it was totally well-put-together, as well.
Movie preview: (Dramatic orchestral score) In a world where SUVs were booming… There was a niche below the big boys… They thought a baby Blazer would do well… Someone in Tokyo obviously agreed… But was he alone?… Starring the S-10 chassis… and a four-door body… with an all-wheel-drivetrain… It’s… Chevrolet Blazer Tahoe. Out this summer; a General Motors production.
‘Tis no easy task, gazing at that rear,
To find much to say – e’en for a Shakespeare.
The front and the side similarly blow.
Is there no good angle on this Tahoe?
Methinks there is truth in the oft-told myth
That GM suck’d ass under Roger Smith.
Seinfeld: Tahoe, huh? What is the deal with that name? Do lakes and cars have nothing in common? And why did they pick that one? Imagine being in the room when they looked through the atlas to find that name. Were Erie, Titicaca and Finger also shortlisted?
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This interior’s an ode to plastic,
That binnacle’s far from fantastic.
And the grey “mouse fur” hide,
Present throughout this ride,
Makes the cabin look downright craptastic.
Well, there you have it. This is all I could do to populate the spaces between the pictures. Aside from the near-pristine condition of this 30-plus-year-old Blazer, it has little to recommend it in my eyes and there is nothing I can really add of value to the discussion. But I did try.
CC Outtake: 1990 Chevrolet S-10 Cameo – Standing Corrected, by Mr. Tactful
CC Outtake: 1991 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer – An American In Paris Rome, by Joseph Dennis
Curbside Outtake: The Cleanest First Generation Chevy S-10?, by Carlsberg66
COAL: 1988 Chevrolet S10 – Donor Turned Flipper, by David Saunders
COAL: 1986 Chevrolet S-10 – All My Friends Know The Lowrider, by Nelson James
COAL: 1989 Chevrolet Blazer S-10- A New Beginning, by Carlsberg66