This 1959 Chevrolet Corvette was sold earlier in 2021 to Kevin Hart through auction. While most 1959 Chevrolets go up for auction these days are pretty cool, this one is hiding a little secret. Check out Hart’s first-generation Corvette with a ton of upgrades and restoration.
Check out Kevin Hart’s 1959 Chevrolet Corvette
What makes a restoration different from a restomod? According to MotorTrend, the term “restomod” is just a combination of the words “restoration” and “modified.” The process means that while the restoration is performed, the owner might also modify the vehicle.
“The recipe for a restomod is more restoration than modified, and those non-stock modifications are there strictly to help bring the vehicle up to or near the driving standards of a showroom-fresh performance car,” MotorTrend said.
The benefit of a process like this is that it often makes the car safer. Upgraded brakes, seatbelts, headlights, tires, and other essential safety features can be part of the process. According to Robb Report, Kevin Hart’s new 1959 Chevrolet Corvette is an excellent example of a restomod.
Hart has a group called The Plastic Cup Boyz. The Plastic Cup Boyz performs a comedy show these days, but he used to have an automotive series called Kevin Hart’s Muscle Car Crew. The Plastic Cup Boyz consists of Hart, Joey Wells, Na’im Lynn, and Spank Horton. It sounds like the group is starting a car club, and we want in.
What’s this 1959 Chevrolet Corvette hiding?
This 1959 Chevrolet Corvette sold for $825,000 not that long ago through Barrett-Jackson. The exterior is Fanny Green, and the interior color is Linen. This particular version is a Pro-Touring-style Corvette but what’s under the hood is even more special. This one has a modern Corvette LT1 V8 engine under the hood. It gets 460 hp and 465 ft-lbs of torque.
“Mated to a 4L75E automatic transmission, the C8 V8 is capable of churning out 460 horsepower and 465 ft lbs of torque, which is twice as much power as the 1959 ‘Vette’s base-level mill.”Robb Report
Offering only 150 miles on the new build, this Corvette has a lot of other upgrades, too. Art Morrison C7 independent front suspension, upgraded suspension, and brake lines. The wheels are EVOD one-off wheels with whitewall added to the modern Nitto tires.
The 1959 Chevrolet Corvette has digital harnesses, LED lighting, and an all-original body. The radio resembled the original 1959 Wonder Bar but offers Bluetooth, subs, an amp, and speakers. The previous owner fully restored the convertible top as well.
Not a bad purchase for his collection
Even with the popularity of the 1959 Chevrolet Corvette, there aren’t many of these vehicles on the road. The custom nature of the Corvette makes it quite valuable, but even with that in mind, $825,000 is a lot of money. This is the second restomod vehicle Hart has purchased recently. According to Robb Report, he also has a custom 1970 Dodge Charger entirely redone in exposed carbon fiber. The “Hellraiser” has a 426 Hemi from the Hellephant crate engine.
Either way, congrats to Kevin Hart on this first-generation Corvette. Hopefully, Hart and the crew take it for a ride sometime soon and put more than 150 miles on it.