The seller of this 1959 restomod Corvette is laughing all the way to the bank, literally.
But it’s comedian Kevin Hart who will have the last laugh after purchasing this high-quality Pro-Touring-style C1 for an astonishing $825,000 (at no reserve, we might add) during last weekend’s < AHREF="https://www.corvetteblogger.com/tag/barrett-jackson/">Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.
As evidenced by the photos posted by Barrett-Jackson, this was no ordinary ’59 Corvette, hence the out-of-the-ordinary selling price.
Upgrades during the restoration, completed just 150 miles ago, are evident throughout this Corvette, starting with the mechanicals.
How about a new LT1 direct-injected 6.2-liter engine cranking out 460 horsepower and 465 ft/lb of torque? Then add a 4L75E automatic transmission, a Cadillac Grey powder-coated Art Morrison chassis with a C7 Corvette front suspension, fully adjustable ride height, Strange coilovers, and Wilwood brakes with C7 6-piston front calipers with 14-inch rotors and stainless-steel brake lines. The list continues with power rack and pinion steering, Rick’s Stainless gas tank, Fragola Teflon fuel lines, and fittings, GM wiring harness and factory-programmed computer, electrically activated 3-position automatic hood, Dakota Digital gauges, and LED lighting. Oh, and don’t forget the custom one-off EVOD wheels made to look like a modern original style with knockoff center nuts and shaved Nitto tires with added whitewalls.
The all-original body featuring laser-straight panels with impressive fit and finish was first stripped with glass beads, then finished in a very ‘50s-evoking PPG Franny Green and Global High Solids clearcoat. Underneath, the car even looks impressive, having been painted with a black ceramic coating.
The stereo inside the Linen-colored leather interior still looks like the original 1959 Wonder Bar model, but now features Bluetooth, JL amplifier, subwoofer, and focal speakers.
Congratulations to the builder on a superb job as well as the new owner!
Kevin attended the Barrett-Jackson auction with a group of fellow comedians and car nuts. The crew, known as the Plastic Cup Boyz, will soon have their own show on the MotorTrend network.
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