There seems to be an undeniable fact in the hobby right now: Second-generation Camaros are red hot, and this awesome 1974 Z/28 Chevrolet Camaro Restomod is a spectacular custom build that definitely brings the heat

With a big 396 Stroker V8, incredible bespoke bodywork, and that aggressive look, this is the Z/28 for guys who love to drive and look good doing it.

The government was fully emasculating muscle cars in 1974, and even the legendary Z/28 Camaro felt a bit neutered compared to its ancestors. So basically, not only are the additions and customization to this Camaro welcomed, quite frankly, they’re needed. Finished in Pebble Gray on Torch Red with black stripes and turned up to 11 thanks to the hand-made, custom front end, it’s definitely in-your-face, but it backs up the look with all the right hardware. Workmanship is incredibly good and you can see how straight this one is just from the photos where the reflections in the surface suggest someone sanded that bodywork until their fingers bled. You can get a better idea of how carefully assembled this one is by checking the alignment of the custom front end, which fits better than even the factory could have imagined. The aggressive look is certainly helped by the aggressive cowl hood as well as the giant billet grille that really expands on Chevy’s performance look of the era. The rear bumper is gone and was replaced by a roll pan that fits seamlessly, and those proper Z/28 emblems are joined by a “Transformed” airbrushed script under the ducktail spoiler for an extremely polished look.

The sporty Camaro interior was already a slam-dunk in 1974, and this car’s modifications put it over the top. The original front buckets are gone, and it’s now fitted with bolstered racing seats wrapped in ultra-leather and red stitching. The door panels match the pattern as well, as does the rear seat that provides plenty of room for passengers. The wrap-around instrument panel has been customized too and is now filled with aftermarket Auto Meter gauges, giving the driver a full read-out of the engine’s vitals. Steering is controlled via a Grant 3-spoke wheel with a Transformer center cap and that B&M shifter looks right at home in the console. The factory AM/FM radio was replaced by a Pioneer AM/FM/AUX/Bluetooth head unit in the factory slot, but I’m guessing that you won’t need it very often once you get a taste of the horsepower waiting under the hood. You’ll also be pleased to find a fully painted trunk out back, which has plenty of room for all your car show accessories.

Take a look under the hood and you can easily see where big money was spent. That’s a Blue Print 396 stroker V8 crate motor that fits so well you’d think the factory put it there. It pumps out 500 horsepower, and upgrades include an aluminum intake manifold and Holley 4-barrel carburetor, long-tube headers for a nice, fat torque curve, and to give it the thump-thump-thump sound of a proper Chevy block. A Chevrolet chrome air cleaner, polished Chevrolet valve covers, and an aluminum radiator shroud brighten up the red engine bay even further, but there’s no question this sucker was built for combat. It’s backed by a custom built Monster 4-speed automatic transmission with a 2400 stall convertor that spins a 10-bolt POSI rear end with 3.73s, and you’ll undoubtedly discover that there aren’t many cars on the road today that can keep up with this F-body. The Flowmaster dual exhaust system sounds downright predatory and it rolls on a set of Torque Thrust wheels with Transformer centers that look fantastic and wear 215/45/17 front and 245/40/17 rear performance radials.

Second-generation Camaros have crossed over from runners-up to legitimate collectables, and this fully customized Z/28 packs a few surprises, too.

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Location: Fort Worth, Texas, United States