1973 Chevrolet Camaro “Project Envious”

This is one of those cars that you either love or hate – there is no in between.To some, a 2nd gen Camaro with a green paint job is the definition of automotive hell. Others may see this car for what it really is: a pro-touring car that can dominate any environment from street to strip to autocross course.

Built by D&Z Customs in Kewaskum, Wisconsin, this ’73 Camaro was on display at the AutoMeter booth at SEMA 2013. The car is nicknamed “Project Envious” as in green with envy – get it?

Shop owner Randy Johnson built this car as a pro-touring g-machine. It’s got big power and massive suspension upgrades that will make this 41 year old car handle better than most new cars.

Under the hood is a Wegner-built LS7 pumping out 680 horsepower, which is more than enough to turn those Nitto tires into chunks of rubber. With a T-56 transmission and 3.89:1 rear gears, this thing will get up and move!

It’ll go around corners too, thanks to the Heidt’s Pro-G suspension with RideTech springs and shocks. Handling is improved with super-wide Forgeline wheels and a center-lock conversion kit, which is something you don’t often see on a muscle car. The wheels mount to the car using a large diameter central hub instead of traditional lug nuts. This makes it easy to change out your wheels and is a nice touch to have on a track day/autocross car.

But this car isn’t just a bunch of go-fast parts from a mail order catalog. The front air splitter and rear spoiler are custom-fabricated for this car. They are adjustable depending on the level of downforce required. LED running lights and a vented hood round out the custom exterior.

This car is a bit different from other pro-tourers because it has no homage to the past. Nothing on the car is as it was “back in the day.” Everything has been replaced with modern parts, from the deep dish wheels and metallic paint to the digital gauge display from AutoMeter.

Whether you like the car or not, it’s amazing to see what can be done with a second-gen Camaro and a whole lot of money!

Engine and Driveline
Wegner Automotive LS7 V8 engine – 680 hp / 570 lb-ft
FAST 102mm LSX R intake
Tremec T-56 six-speed transmission
Dynotech 3.5-inch steel driveshaft
Yukon 9-inch rear end w/3.89 gears

Suspension, Brakes, and Wheels
Heidt’s Pro-G front subframe
Heidt’s cantilever suspension w/RideTech adjustable shocks (front)
Heidt’s Pro-G 2-inch drop spindles
Tubular lower A-arms
Heidt’s Pro-G independent rear suspension w/RideTech springs and shocks
Wilwood 6-piston (front) and 4-piston (rear) brakes
Forgeline Flush-loc Center Lock conversion kit
Forgeline DE3C 18×10 (front) and 19×12 (rear) wheels
Nitto NT05 tires

Body and Exterior
PPG Citrus Green Metallic paint
Custom-fabricated adjustable front and rear spoilers
LED daytime running lights
Vented hood
Extended rear spoiler

Sparco II Evo seats
Sparco suede steering wheel
RideTech 5-point harness
RideTech Tiger Cage Plus
AutoMeter digital gauge cluster
MTX Stereo system
Vintage Air A/C system