[PICS] Kevin Hart Pays $825K for a ‘Mint’ 1959 Corvette Restomod at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale


Kevin Hart Pays $825K for a 1959 Corvette Restomod at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

Photo Credits: Barrett-Jackson.com

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.

Kevin Hart Pays $825K for a 'Mint' 1959 Corvette Restomod at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

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.

Kevin Hart Pays $825K for a 'Mint' 1959 Corvette Restomod at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

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.

Kevin Hart Pays $825K for a 'Mint' 1959 Corvette Restomod at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

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 Hart Pays $825K for a 'Mint' 1959 Corvette Restomod at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

Kevin Hart Pays $825K for a 'Mint' 1959 Corvette Restomod at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

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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  1. Last Saturday before Mr. Hart bought this masterpiece, I saw the Corvette in person at the Barrett Jackson show and it is the most over the top custom Corvette I have ever seen in at least 30 years of driving Corvettes. This builder used everything of the best caliber, the best materials, the prized engine we all love and the paint was just perfect.

    The only problem I saw is that this 825,000 dollar (plus another $41,250 commission to Mr. Craig Jackson) gorgeous Corvette is Undrivable on any street, highway, or racetrack – unless you own the street or racetrack and it is swept clean before you go and drive around with no traffic within a few miles of your location.

    Bugs, dirt, rocks, grease, tar, trash and all of the stuff that us normal Corvette owners and drivers have to put up with will never see this Corvette unless Mr. Hart drives it to his mailbox once a day to get the mail.

    The other Corvettes sold this past weekend for over $100,000 at Mechums and Barrett Jackson are telling a bad story on our Corvette hobby as these normal or “improved” models of ’63 Split Window Coupes and big block mid-years will keep all of these too expensive Corvettes from being purchased and driven on normal roads by people like you and me.

    Please stop paying enormous amounts of money for Corvettes.
    Peace and love to all you Corvetters.

  2. I have to admit that it is very disheartening to see these beautiful works of art going to waste in the garages of the rich and famous. The only thing that lessens the frustration is the knowledge that it will never leave this earth. It will always be money wasted. I’ve owned five Corvettes in my lifetime, which is more than most ordinary people can attest to, and look forward to one more before I go. I drove each one like I had stolen it. Amen!

  3. Beautiful car, but not worth $800K+ to most Corvette buyers, even those who have the money. Guess if you have unlimited funds, you can buy what you want, regardless of cost vs. value. More power to Mr. Hart. Hope enjoys the car.

  4. I think just about everyone at the auction overpaid by thousands this time around. I never saw such huge amounts of money thrown around like that. Might not be good for the collector car market in the long run, when it’s time for the new owners to sell these cars, will they take a bath? I think it’s entirely possible. The cars where nice, but it seemed like anything that was a decent resto or original was selling easily over 200K. I could be wrong.

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