Introduced toward the end of the malaise era, the 1985 Chevy Camaro IROC-Z was a breath of fresh air for fans of jean shorts and mullets alike. Available as an option on the Z28, the IROC-Z was positioned as handling package, with upgraded suspension components and bracing throughout. Unfortunately, the old IROCs can’t compare to the modern Camaros of today, and have fallen by the wayside. In spite of this, many shops choose to use these IROC-Zs as platforms for builds, and this is exactly what Greening Auto Company has done. Unveiled at SEMA 2022 earlier this month, check out this 1985 Camaro IROC-Z Z28.
Hailing from Cullman, Alabama, Greening Auto cut no corners on this IROC-Z. This Chevy muscle car sits on Detroit Speed suspension, sports Fiber Forged Composites carbon fiber aero bits, and rolls on a set of one-off Greening Auto three-piece wheels wrapped in super-sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. Additionally, this mid-80s Camaro is finished in a Carmine Red exterior paint by Glasurit.
On the inside, we see a retro-inspired custom interior appointments.
As for the powertrain, this IROC-Z rocks a Don Hardy LSX 440 cubic-inch (7.2L) racing engine. A Bowler Performance 4L80E automatic transmission puts the power down to the road.
Owned by Terry Kirven, this 1985 Chevy Camaro IROC-Z Z28 was entered in the SEMA 2022 Battle of the Builders. Unfortunately, it did not place.
This isn’t the only extensively-modified IROC-Z we’ve reported on. The Detroit Speed 1987 “DSE-Z” Camaro is another exemplary build of a mid-80s Camaro. That particular Camaro runs the entire Detroit Speed suspension catalogue, a fully-integrated roll-cage, and features a de-stroked 7.0 LS7 V8 that screams to the tune of 8,700 rpm, producing 630 horsepower, with more on tap if need be. To handle this blend of high-rpm and high-horsepower, a Bowler Performance TREMEC T-56 six-speed manual (!) bolts to the engine.
For those looking to start a new project, a third-generation Camaro may be a good place to begin, offering a healthy combination affordability, customizability, and aftermarket support.