Kevin Hart Partners With Detroit Speed on Custom Restomod

Holley and Detroit Speed and Engineering, a Holley family brand, have unveiled a custom restomod built for actor and comedian Kevin Hart at the 2023 SEMA Show, the company announced.

The three-year project, commissioned by Hart, involved a complete custom rebuild of Hart’s 1969 Pontiac GTO.

Now on display in Holley’s SEMA booth No. 22463 in Central Hall, the 1969 Pontiac GTO features a Chevrolet Performance LT5 6.2L Supercharged 755-hp engine, Bowler Performance T56 transmission, and JRi Adjustable Coilover Shocks. The vehicle is equipped with HRE Valkyria wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S performance tires. The front and rear bumpers, hood, front valance, and spoiler are just a few of the modifications made by the Detroit Speed & Engineering team to achieve the desired aesthetic and vehicle dynamics, the company said.

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Additionally, Hart’s vehicle uses a number of aftermarket parts and components manufactured by Holley-owned businesses, including Detroit Speed Universal X-Gen 595 Suspension; Detroit Speed custom QUADRALink Rear Suspension; Classic Instruments gauges; Baer Brakes 15-inch R-Spec rotors with XRT 6-piston calipers; GearFX Ford 9-inch rear end utilizing 3.82 ratio; Holley Premium Mid-Mount Complete Accessory Drive System; Detroit Speed Aluminum Battery Mount; Holley RetroBright Headlights; and a Hurst Shifter, the company said.

“With a collection of high-performance classics revered around the world, we were honored to work with Kevin Hart on his latest masterpiece and are excited to see our work showcased on the world’s largest aftermarket stage,” said John McLeod, Director, Detroit Speed & Engineering. “We worked closely with Kevin to deliver a custom rebuild that celebrates the timeless appeal of the 1969 Pontiac GTO, captures his individual passions and spirit, and incorporates many of Holley’s leading aftermarket solutions.”

“This 1969 GTO was purchased by me for a close friend who wasn’t a classic car fan, and instead of returning such a great muscle car, I decided to build it into a restomod,” said Hart. “I chose Detroit Speed and Engineering to build the GTO because when it came to fit and functionality, their name was always mentioned. From knowledge to creativity, the Detroit Speed and Engineering team checks all the boxes. I’m excited about the work that was performed on my classic.”

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A.J. Hecht

A.J. Hecht is the managing editor of THE SHOP and host of the In Gear with THE SHOP podcast. Have an idea, a tip, or a question you’d like to see answered? Contact A.J. at ahecht@cahabamedia.com.

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