SEMA PART 1A: Kevin Hart – 1959 Resto-Mod Corvette at the Magnaflow Display
Kevin Hart proudly displayed a 1959 Restomod Corvette at the SEMA 2022 Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, making these restyled classics a must-see event. The classic bodywork coupled with modern performance makes Restomod Corvettes one of the hottest trends around.
Text and Photos by Wayne Ellwood
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Kevin Hart’s Muscle Car Crew at SEMA 2022
Kevin Hart’s Muscle Car Crew was featured at the 2022 SEMA Show, discussing their inaugural television series. Chris Jacobs was the host for an on-site, live interview. I had to watch a few of these shows to determine if this item deserved an in-person look. It did not.
On the other hand, Kevin Hart revealed two recently updated cars. The car of interest to us was the 1959 Corvette, which Kevin had purchased at last year’s BJ Auction for $750,000 plus fees. As purchased in 2021, this 1959 Corvette had already been restored.
Builder, John Clevenger, had updated a rather rough-looking Corvette into a relative work of art. During this original restoration, Clevenger started with an Art Morrison C7 Corvette frame with an independent front suspension.
He added an electronically operated hood which, in turn, reveals a super clean engine compartment. He used a 2020 Corvette engine with a 4L75E overdrive automatic transmission, and Wilwood brakes will help to slow down this custom convertible.
When Kevin Hart picked up this car at BJ, it was already a small gem. Still, it was again sent for more work and re-appeared at SEMA in an even more brilliant form.
1959 C1 Corvette Restomod of Kevin Hart Unveiled
This car was unveiled in the MagnaFlow booth at the SEMA 2022 Show as part of the Kevin Hart Collection.
This vintage convertible is called “Mint Condition.” It comes in a mint-colored exterior.
The current restoration results from his collaboration with Bent Custom and features one-off Billet aluminum parts from Ogden Chrome.
Kevin’s name shows up on the vehicle, which has custom badging in silver. The Corvette badge at the rear also includes the car’s name, with the color matching the luxurious beige leather interior.
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