Monster Build: 700 HP Supercharged LSA 1981 Camaro Z28


photos from: Forgeline’s Customer Gallery

Scott Brown has a very impressive second-generation Camaro. This Z28 is slammed, has a perfect paint job, some killer rolling stock, and is powered by a serious setup. Between the looks and power, this is a perfect restored. This classic Camaro Z28 may look pretty tame, but it’s anything but!

Smitty’s Custom Automotive was in charge of the Camaro’s makeover, a name well-known in the resto-mod industry. Since 1999, Chris and Mike Smith, along with their team of specialists, have been building show cars, pro-touring muscle cars, street rods, and so on. Their hands on this Camaro for the extreme build seems like a natural fit.

Back in 1981, Chevy built the Camaro Z28 with a 350 cubic-inch, 5.7L engine that made a whopping 175 horsepower. It was a time when emissions regulations ruled the way manufacturers built cars. However, this Camaro was not destined for a life of low dyno pulls. As it sits today, this stunning 1981 Camaro Z28 puts a hefty 700 horsepower to the ground. This is all thanks to the supercharged Lingenfelter LSA engine under the hood.


The street hugging stance is thanks to the RideTech remote-reservoir coilers, and to stop the powerful slammed beast are Wilwood disc brakes at all four corners. This monster rides on Michelin Pilot Sport tires that are wrapped around Forgeline DE3P wheels. These Forgelines are finished with silver centers, polished outers, and the optional tall center caps. Otherwise, the exterior and interior are largely stock, making it a show quality car that can dominate at the track or the local cruise-in.

“My first car 1981 Camaro Z28. #JustGotHerDone. 700 rear wheel hp LS9” -Scott Brown

After doing some digging, it seems like this might of actually been Scott’s first car that he had restored. According to a tweet made by Scott back in August of 2014, the Camaro was just finished up at that time. We’d love to learn more about the build, and see what kind of numbers it lays down at the track. Hopefully there’s more of this Camaro Z28 to come!

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