When you chop the roof off a car, you usually lose at least some structural rigidity. This can make convertible or roadster versions of sports cars feel less agile and direct than their fixed-roof counterparts, which is probably why Chevrolet didn’t offer a convertible version of its race track-obsessed 2014 Camaro Z/28.
Having less structural rigidity wasn’t enough to stop Blackdog Speedshop from whipping up this 2014 Camaro Z/28 convertible for SEMA. The build isn’t just a convertible Camaro with Z/28 badges and wheels, Blackdog acquired a real Z/28 donor car and swapped over everything from the 7.0-liter LS7 engine to the carbon fiber hood extractor.
The owner of Blackdog Speedshop, Tony Gaples, had been daily driving a 2014 Camaro SS convertible and enjoying it, until he got his hands on the Z/28. Just like everyone else, Tony took a liking to the Z/28, but was disappointed he could no longer drive with the top down. You know where this is going.
Blackdog pulled Tony’s SS convertible into their workshop and stripped it down to its bare chassis. They then set to work on the Z/28, removing all of its components and installing them on the convertible. Blackdog says every piece off the Z/28 was transferred over, from important pieces like the wheels and carbon ceramic brakes to smaller components such as the wiring harnesses and Z/28 emblems.
Some custom touches were also added to the Z/28 convertible. These include the custom one-off two-tone paint scheme, the hard shell cover for the convertible top and the chrome-black finish on the Z/28’s standard wheels.
Blackdog says their excited to bring the Z/28 Convertible out to SEMA, as they are curious how the enthusiasts will respond. If our opinion is of any significance, this is one of our favorite SEMA vehicles we’ve seen so far, though that may be a premature proclamation considering the doors only opened this morning.