Kevin Hart has recently added a very special car to his muscle car collection: a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner restomod built by Salvaggio Auto Design. The vehicle is a modern take on a true American classic, with no expense spared in the build.
Restomodding has been the go-to route for most wealthy car collectors due to the advantages it offers to those who enjoy the look of classic cars but aren’t particularly fond of the outdated technology they possess. Restomodding involves upgrading critical vehicle components such as the engine and the chassis while staying true to the original design. Other modern luxuries such as air conditioning, sound systems, and enchanted safety features are also often added to these builds.
This particular Plymouth was built by Dave Salvaggio of Salvaggio Auto Design, the company behind numerous award-winning SEMA muscle cars. The string of victories didn’t stop with Kevin’s car, as it already took home the 1st place overall trophy at the Grand National Roadster show shortly after the build was finished.
Kevin Hart also ensured that his 1969 Plymouth Road Runner packs a hefty punch by choosing to go for the 7.0l supercharged HEMI V8 engine and Tremec 6060 six-speed manual transmission. The setup produces a whopping 940 horsepower, which is quite an upgrade considering the original 1969 Road Runner left the factory with 390 horsepower if you chose the most powerful engine option. Salvaggio himself described the 426ci Hemi as a hybrid Demon / Hellephant motor that was optimised to run on California 91-octane fuel.
The interior of this special Road Runner was created by Gabe’s Custom Interiors and utilises black Italian leather throughout. The interior also features an orange Halloween splatter effect that was achieved by sending colour samples of the engine paint to Italy, where it was applied to several hides.
The finished build does not feature a lot of original parts from the donor car, leaving only the roof, fenders, rear quarter panels and the doors of the original Plymouth. The car comes with an overload of carbon fibre panels, including a custom carbon fibre hood designed by Sean Smith that takes inspiration from Roadrunner’s A12 race package. This created quite a menacing look and earned the car the nickname Michael Myers as a homage to the serial killer of the movie Hollywood.
And if all that wasn’t enough to impress the superstar comedian, Salvaggio Design enlisted the help of Rey Marquez of Reymar Footwear to create a pair of custom Nike Air Max 90 Sneakers, as well as a custom belt and wallet to match the car.
The car will be the newest and meanest members of The Plastic Cup Boyz Car Club that Kevin established with his fellow petrolhead friends. The crew can often be spotted cruising through Hollywood with a fleet of classic cars including Kevin’s ‘67 Mustang GT500 and Na’Im Lynn’s ‘69 Pontiac GTO.