Ironman has seriously good taste in cars.
In the world of resto-mods, few do it better than SpeedKore, a modification shop located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We've seen them create a full-carbon version of the mighty Dodge Demon, and a 1,500-hp Dodge Charger. What do those cars have in common? They're American of course. The company tends to stick to the American stuff, but when Robert Downey Jr. asked them to create a custom European sports car, they snatched up the opportunity with open arms. Downey's 1974 BMW 3.0 CS is a sight for sore eyes and goes to show you that restoring modding isn't the exclusive reserve of muscle cars.
Using the BMW E9 Coupe as a base, SpeedKore utilized carbon fiber on the car's front air dam, rocker moldings, and rear bumper which has remained unpainted, but the rest of the body remains steel. The car is covered in the original BMW Brick Red and features the original kidney grille and window surrounds which are finished off in Cerakote Titanium Gray. A set of HRE three-piece forged wheels beautifully combines the classic lines of the car with its modern features. Other small details include a custom machined rear spoiler.
The interior is also something special: it features a gray wood-tone Nardi steering wheel and dashboard, as well as coffee-colored upholstery with woven seat centers and door panels. The rear seat has been replaced with a luggage rack, and the trunk is home to a leather-lined Yeti cooler. This machine also enjoys a healthy power increase thanks to a fuel-injected S38 engine. This 3.6-liter engine was first used in the E34 M5, and makes a healthy 311 horsepower, and all that grunt is sent to the rear wheels through an old school ZF four-speed automatic transmission which isn't ideal (give us a manual). This just goes to show that movie stars can have good taste in cars. Nice one Downey.