There was an abundance of second-gen Camaros at SEMA, but this one had something special about it. Perhaps it was the $22,000 LS9 crate engine under the hood! Or maybe it was the ultra-deep 20″ rear wheels. Whatever the reason, I paused for a moment to check out this car in depth.
A small sign indicated that this 1981 Camaro Z28 was built by Classic Performance. It did not mention where their shop is located or who owns this car, and I was unable to find that information after searching online.
What I do know is that the car, which is nicknamed “NastZy28” is finished off in a lovely silver color with black accents on the wheels, grille, and T-tops. It was on display outside the Central Hall and was drawing a bit of attention.
The LS9 makes for one heck of a cool engine swap! This supercharged 6.2L V8 engine was developed for the Corvette ZR1 and makes a hefty 638 horsepower! It adds modern power, reliability, and improved fuel economy to this 1980s ride.
Like the AutoMeter Camaro we featured recently, this is another “pro-touring” style car that’s set up to handle well around corners. The front and rear suspension are from Detroit Speed and Engineering and the massive 19″ front and 20″ rear wheels provide superior grip over the factory radials. A set of 4-wheel disc brakes from Classic Performance brings everything safely to a stop when needed.
The interior of the car looks like a nice place to be, with comfortable Recaro seats and a full A/C system from Vintage Air. The leather upholstery is complemented by LED lighting and a custom stereo for complete driver comfort.
I think this is one sharp looking Camaro that could easily fulfill the role of track monster or a daily driver.
Suspension, Brake, and Wheels
Detroit Speed and Engineering front subframe
Detroit Speed and Engineering Quadralink rear
Classic Performance 13″ front and 12″ rear brakes
Niche Targa 19″ front and 20″ rear wheels
Nitto NT05 tires
Body and Exterior
Metal flake paint with hand-painted stripes
Vintage Air A/C and Heater
Custom leather upholstery