Salvaggio Design didn't pull any punches with this build.
We already know that Kevin Hart is a pretty serious gearhead. Just a few months ago he showed us his sleek Ferrari SF90 but, he sure does have an affinity for restomodded muscle cars. His previous custom rides include a Dodge Charger that he commissioned after totaling a Plymouth Barracuda but the latest example is a truly special one. This 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner was built by Salvaggio Design and caters to Hart's specific tastes.
Company owner Dave Salvaggio had already worked with Hart on previous projects so this commission is merely an evolution of their relationship. The vision for this project was to pay homage to the Mopar muscle aura that resonated strongly with the brand during the 1960s. Lead designer Sean Smith got on board the project to assist in materializing the vision.
After finding a solid donor car, the design team 3D scanned it and modeled a design through CAD software. Detroit Speed and Engineering provided the X-Gen 595 front suspension package which was fitted to the Salvaggio-designed frame. The team was so happy with the outcome that it has decided to introduce it as a product for all Mopar B body platforms.
Salvaggio's metalworkers then got started on a roll cage and, removable floors, a custom firewall, radiator support, wheel tubs, trunk, and everything in-between. To give the muscle car a sleeker look, it also shaved down the drip rails. The only original parts that have been applied to the final product are the roof, doors, fenders, and rear quarter panels.
A key panel added to the body is a bespoke carbon fiber hood designed by Smith, which was inspired by the original car's A12 package. This is complemented by a set of bumpers that were formed by the experts at Brothers Composites. The aforementioned paint was the result of countless hours of sanding and shaping the body. Once prepared, multiple coats of the BASF Black finish were applied. This shows off a high gloss shade on the outside while a matte clear coat adorns the interior.
A series of billet-finished parts act as the contrasting trims for the dark shade. Each piece was individually designed by RAZ Technical Solutions using solid aluminum. The star of the show is a three-piece grille that is inspired by the original model. The door mirrors and handles, taillights, and hubcaps also benefited from this process.
At the heart of Hart's Roadrunner is a 7.0-liter Hemi V8 built by Gearhead Fabrication. This has been described as a Demon-Hellephant hybrid unit which is supported by a 3.8-liter Whipple supercharger among some other upgrades. Using California 91-octane, it pushes a claimed 940 horsepower.
As per Hart's request, the Roadrunner delivers this power to the rear using a reinforced six-speed Tremec 6060 manual gearbox. For added stability, the team included a nine-inch center section and a 3.70 gear ratio. Stopping power is provided by a set of six-piston front and four-piston rear Brembo brake calipers with 14-inch front and 13-inch rear rotors.
To match the intimidating exterior, Salvaggio approached Gab's Custom interiors who applied black Italian leather upholstery throughout the cabin. This is contrasted by a unique orange Halloween splatter effect that's also found on the engine and tires. Seating at the front consists of a pair of Recaro buckets while the rear bench is completely custom.
The trunk has a unique design as well, boasting exposed portions of the roll cage and wheel tubs. Select leather panels are applied to match the elements of the interior. The final touch of the car is a pair of custom Nike Air Max 90 sneakers, belt, and wallet that Hart can use to match the Roadrunner whenever he takes it out for a drive.
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