William Fox had a pretty clean—albeit stock—1966 Chevelle. Once he figured out that he wanted more out of his A-body, he turned to the guys at Roadster Shop (RS) to give it a complete makeover ... well, nearly complete. You see, the car’s paint was fine, it was just the tech and underpinnings that needed a redo. After consulting with the Gerber brothers, Fox opted to really up the performance game with something brand new on the scene: a dual overhead cam (DOHC) LS engine developed by Mercury Racing in cooperation with Roadster Shop. Based on a GM LS7 short-block, this technical wonder makes over 750 hp and revs all the way out to 8,000 rpm! Quite a bit more than the 396 big-block it was replacing. Backing up the high-revin’ mill is a TREMEC Magnum six-speed.
To up the handling performance, the Chevelle was fitted with one of Roadster Shop’s Fast Track chassis. For stopping performance, big Baer binders were added along with their slick Remastered master cylinder. The Chevelle was tubbed to accommodate wide rubber, and the wheels may look like vintage steelies, but they’re in fact high-tech 18-inch billet rollers machined by Forgeline!
Everything was done with the goal of keeping the mid-’60’s vintage vibe and that’s really apparent with the interior. Dakota Digital HDX gauges fill the dash and Roadster Shop fabricated sweet billet A/C vents to modulate cabin temps. Just the right Recaro seats were found that would provide modern support without looking out of place. Custom badging was CNC milled to reflect the unusual engine under the bonnet. It should all work together to be one sweet ride once it’s on the road. To check out more build shots of this soon-to-be featured Chevelle and other RS projects, be sure to visit roadstershop.com.
Photography by Roadster Shop