Inside Kevin Hart’s ‘Killer’ Custom 1969 Plymouth Road Runner
You would probably expect that comedian Kevin Hart would come up with some pithy, funny nickname for his custom car. Instead, Hart’s 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner is named “Michael Meyers.” Yes, as in the knife-wielding psychopath from the Halloween series. But while the name may not be as cheerful as you would expect from Hart, the name is a perfect description of the sinister looking muscle car.
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The Michael Myers Roadrunner is the product of the Wisconsin-based garage Salvaggio Design. The customizers decked out the car in a black and orange colour scheme, tying in nicely to the Halloween theme. But much like the deadly slasher, this car has plenty of power to back up the looks. Under the hood is a 426 cubic inch Hemi that Dave Salvaggio of Salvaggio Design describes as a “hybrid Demon/Hellephant motor.” What, exactly, does that mean?
Well, perhaps knowing that the supercharged Hemi V8 is capable of 940 horsepower. All that power gets fed into a Tremec 6060 6-speed manual transmission connected to a Ford 9-inch rear axle. Housing that powertrain is a reworked body shell and frame. Salvaggio added in a custom front suspension, as well as a new firewall.
The wheel tubs and several other parts are all fabricated by Salvaggio, including the trunk with an integrated fuel cell. The hood and bumpers are carbon fibre, while the doors, roof, fenders, and rear quarter panels are all stock parts. When things get a little dicey, the custom roll cage should help to keep the driver safe.
For stopping power Michael Myers is equipped with Brembo brakes with 6-piston callipers and 14-inch rotors in the front. In the back, the brakes feature 4-piston callipers and 13-inch rotors. The HRE aluminium wheels were designed to look like stock Road Runner steel wheels, and come with billet hub caps for the 18-inch wheels in the front and 20-inch wheels in the back.
Inside, the sinister ride features black leather upholstery with orange splatter pattern. Recaro front seats keep the driver and passenger comfortable. The billet steering wheel matches the shifter, and the digital instrument cluster also gets the billet housing treatment. The sinister powerhouse will feel right at home next to Hart’s 1970 Dodge Charger, which features a Hellephant crate engine that produces 1,000 horsepower.