1979 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Restomod – 755HP Supercharged Monster

May 30th, 2024

The Roadster Shop has done it again. Thanks to Shawn (from Autotopia LA) for bringing us this rolling masterpiece. Let’s join Jeremy Gerber (RS) and our man Shawn for a detailed look at the ins-and-outs of this banging Chevy.

First of all, this car is part of the Roadster Shop Survivor Series. In short, that implies that the entire build is more about function than about fit and finish. This is a driver’s car meant to get the job done on a daily basis.

First impressions: Yes, that bulge in the hood is custom fabricated sheet metal. The owner requested that the car’s appearance remain as close to stock as possible. With a tall, supercharged mill under the hood, the stock hood was an impossibility. The Roadster Shop professionals did an excellent job of duplicating the iconic look of this Z28 hood from raw sheet metal.

Under that awesome hood is a supercharged 6.2-liter LT5 V8 engine. This motor was standard equipment in the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. Right out of the crate, these engines can make 755hp and 715 lb.-ft. of toque. Pulley mods, camshaft mods, cylinder head mods and exhaust mods easily yield additional ponies to the pavement. The engine in this Camaro remains stock. The transmission is a Tremec T-56 Magnum (built by Bowler Performance Transmission) 6-speed manual hooked to a Strange (Ford) 9-inch rear end (3.50:1 gearing).

Of course, it’s a Roadster Shop chassis. This one is a full bolt-on without the need for body modification.

The (manual) brakes are Baer (calipers and rotors) with Wilwood hydraulics. The wheels are Forgeline 3-piece, and they are color matched to the body. The tires are 265 R 40/18 in the front and 345 R 30/19 in the rear.

Typical of the Roadster Shop brand, this car is fast, durable and – most of all – it’s fun.