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I Once Saw a 1990s Chevy S-10 Blazer in Monaco

A few years ago, I visited Monaco, which is really just the most insane place in the world when it comes to automotive sightings. Over the years in Monaco, I’ve spotted — among others — a Ferrari F40, a Lamborghini LM002, a Bugatti Veyron, a Ferrari Enzo and a Porsche 918 Spyder. Just driving around.

Monaco has all these amazing vehicles in part due to its beauty, as a hillside city situated on the Mediterranean in the French Riviera, but also because it’s a well-known tax haven, levying no income taxes on its residents. So a lot of wealthy people move down there to avoid income taxes, or at least lessen the burden, and they bring along a lot of nice cars.

Interestingly, that also includes this Chevy Blazer. This was in June 2016, and I was walking along down the street in Monaco, near the harbor, and there it was: a 1990s Chevy Blazer, cruising along with all of the exotics and sports cars. It was totally, ridiculously, absurdly insane, far more exciting than seeing a street-parked Porsche Carrera GT or Mercedes-McLaren SLR, which I also saw on this very trip.

The reason, of course, is that basically nobody preserved these Blazers here in North America, where they were built and primarily sold new — and the idea of someone preserving one in Monaco is just truly ridiculous. That’s especially true since this Blazer had Monaco plates, meaning the owner lives in Monaco — a place with some of the highest property values on earth. And this person, undoubtedly wealthy, chooses to drive around in a 1990s Chevy Blazer.

I absolutely love it, of course — the idea that someone who could have basically any car chooses a weird, little-known one that flies in the face of the exotic car climate in the principality. And on the very, very rare occasions when I see one of these Blazers here in North America, I still think back to that one I saw in Monaco and the (obviously interesting) owner who was keeping it going. Find a Chevrolet Blazer for sale

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  1. You must not know a whole lot about Monaco. Natives to Monaco are generally very poor and need a lot of assistance from the government to continue to live there. This vehicle could certainly belong to a native. 

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Doug Demuro
Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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