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That time Kevin Hart bought classic cars for his friends

As entertainingly featured in his new Netflix series

Imagine that a close friend gave you one of these. SCREENSHOT FROM NETFLIX

We’ve heard stories of big-time celebrities being so generous toward their friends (or hangers-on) that they almost randomly give the latter nice cars. Elvis Presley was known to gift those close to him with Cadillacs, for instance. First-tier athletes have a habit of showing their ill-advised benevolence to their coterie of pals and assistants. Allen Iverson claims to have once given a teammate a Bentley.

And then there’s comedian Kevin Hart, who is now arguably the most popular entertainer in the humor business. This guy can sell out an entire football stadium just for a comedy show. He has a new six-episode series (Don’t F**k This Up) on Netflix that we just finished watching, and it introduced us to his tight-knit circle of buddies called the Plastic Cup Boyz.

Now, the members of this crew are not the usual freeloaders merely looking for handouts. Some of them are comedians themselves who serve as opening acts at Hart’s live shows. One of them is a writer, while another is Hart’s personal physical trainer. In other words, these dudes contribute real value to the whole ecosystem that makes Hart richer and more prominent. It is only fitting, then, that the superstar celebrity should take care of them and ensure they also experience some of the finer things that he enjoys. Like automobiles. Old-school ones, to be exact.

We feel very giddy just looking at these images. SCREENSHOTS FROM NETFLIX

And so, at the end of Hart’s “Irresponsible” tour in late 2018, he surprised his eight friends with pristine-looking classic cars that included a Chevrolet Corvette, a Ford Mustang, two Pontiac GTOs, two Chevrolet Chevelles, a Chevrolet Camaro and a Volkswagen Beetle. Hart already shared this on social media back then, but people can now take a closer look at the moment via the Netflix series.

Only true car guys will appreciate the appeal of these automobiles. Or really old ones. SCREENSHOTS FROM NETFLIX

Obviously, all the members of the gang were blown away. We know we would be, too, if someone did this for us. Imagine being led to a parking lot and seeing your childhood dream car there with your name on it.

These friends have an instant classic-car club. SCREENSHOTS FROM NETFLIX

“I meant it when I said that I love my team,” the 40-year-old Hart declared. “I wouldn’t be where I am or who I am today if it wasn’t for my team. We’re celebrating, man. And I love the fact that they’re blown away. For me, that’s all I need.”

There is only one thing left to do after receiving these cars—drive them, of course. SCREENSHOT FROM NETFLIX

In case you’re wondering if Kevin Hart had his own classic car to ride with his boys, the answer is yes, he did. It was a Plymouth Barracuda, which, unfortunately, got into a major accident a few months ago. Oh, well. We hope he gets another one. Perhaps a Dodge Charger Daytona or a Ford Torino?

Ah, to be rich, famous and car-crazy.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.