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Actor Robert Downey Jr. is raffling off his classic cars and giving the proceeds to green tech companies. But there’s a catch. Well, sort of. Before giving his cars away, the Iron Man star will “reimagine” them in a new series he’s producing, Downey’s Dream Cars

What will the show do to Robert Downey Jr.’s classic cars?

So, how will he reimagine these classic cars? “I’m going to sweepstakes them and donate all the proceeds to green tech companies,” he told The Hollywood Reporter, “because this will be my legacy.” The docuseries is streaming exclusively on Max.

So the Marvel star plans to highlight his pro-environment fervor in the classic car restoration segment. Each of Downey’s cars will get an “update” for future enjoyment. We expect that means converting them with electric propulsion. 

What classic cars does Robert Downey Jr. have in his collection?

Dax Shepard and Robert Downey Jr. at Max's 'Downey's Dream Cars' Tastemaker Event in LA
Dax Shepard and Robert Downey Jr. | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Max

The cars in Downey’s collection include a 1965 Chevy Corvette, a 1974 BMW 3.0 CS coupe modified by SpeedKore, and a Ferrari California T droptop. There’s also a 2009 Audi R8. Actually, he has a few of them, some of which were featured in the Iron Man movies. One of his favorites is a V10 Spyder. 

Supposedly, his Glen Green 1965 Corvette is a daily driver. Because the star likes to remain private, not much is known about the car. Some say it has a 327-ci small-block engine, while others claim it’s a 427 big-block. Also, some descriptions label it a 1967, but if so, it’s sporting lots of 1965 and 1966 cues. 

Other classic cars in the celebrity’s collection include a modified 1970 Mustang fastback, a Nissan GT-R, and a Bentley Continental GT. Press releases say he’ll pick six from his collection for re-imagination. 

Purists might cringe at the thought of swapping gasoline engines for electric motors, but an unscripted series like this one needs plenty of twists and turns to grab viewers. 

What other subjects will ‘Downey’s Dream Cars’ cover?

Robert Downey Jr car collection, 'Downey's Dream Cars' docuseries
Robert Downey Jr. at the ‘Downey’s Dream Cars’ LA premiere | Michael Tran/AFP via Getty Images

Besides modifying the cars, Downey will showcase the future of mobility. Peppered throughout the buildup of his vehicles will be interviews with futurists that shed light on what the industry holds. They’ll look as far as 100 years from now to guide what is done to Downey’s classic cars for the show. 

“We are excited to bring audiences a series that shows the spirit of who Downey is and puts his passion for the environment center stage,” Warner Bros. Discovery’s chief brand officer, Nancy Daniels, said. “That, and who better than Robert Downey Jr. to make eco-friendly cars look this good?” 

Yeah, the hype is much like what you would expect from Hollywood executives. The series has a lot of production companies behind it. They include not only Warner Bros. Discovery but also the actor’s Team Downey and Boat Rocker Studios’ Matador Content.

Though the series was expected to premiere in 2022, Downey’s Dream Cars debuted in June 2023.


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