A Class Of Its Own

Check Out Robert Downey, Jr.’s SpeedKore-Modified 1974 BMW 3.0 CS

The carbon fiber specialists at SpeedKore are not new to the restomod scene, with a resume that consists of rebodied common and modern muscle cars from Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, and Plymouth. See a pattern on that list? They’re all American. That’ll modify once the environment receives wind of this SpeedKore-modified 1974 BMW 3. CS, built specially for Robert Downey, Jr.

It is not the 1st time the speed store has accomplished function for RDJ – SpeedKore collaborated with the actor on his 1970 Ford Mustang Manager 302, as perfectly as on a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro that the actor gave to his coworker Chris Evans. But it is the 1st time the company has had its way with a German car or truck, and making use of the graceful BMW E9 coupe (in this case a 1974 3. CS) exhibits that SpeedKore is critical about Eurosport.

Unusually for the company, Downey’s car or truck is basically metal-bodied, with SpeedKore executing the substantial metal restoration in-property. Its carbon fiber roots display by way of through a tailor made entrance air dam, rocker moldings, and rear bumper, contributing to the car’s modern-common visual appeal. The brick red exterior paint pairs with the initial BMW grille and window surrounds accomplished in Cerakote titanium grey, with a established of gunmetal HRE three-piece forged wheels echoing the brightwork. Hanging out guiding the wheels are Bilstein shocks and a established of six-piston entrance and four-piston rear Brembo brakes.

There are a number of astonishing exterior touches, including the initial beltline molding accomplished in hydro-dipped woodgrain – ditto the tailor made machined rear spoiler. Downey requested those alterations to match the inside. That grey wood tone seems on the Nardi steering wheel and dashboard fascia, pairing beautifully with espresso-coloured upholstery that features woven seat facilities and door panels. We do ponder how a great deal genuine wood trim would have cost, although.

While it seems fairly inventory, SpeedKore basically remolded just about every solitary piece of the BMW E9’s dashboard to make home for a gauge cluster by Vintage Instruments and a concealed touchscreen infotainment exhibit. Long gone is the rear seat, replaced with an upholstered baggage deck, and the trunk houses an integrated, leather-based-lined Yeti cooler. We can consider of even worse strategies to get to the beach than in this factor with all four home windows down, the sunroof open up, and the boot-mounted icebox packed with treats and gentle drinks.

Reportedly, Downey’s 1974 3. CS can kick some ass, also. While the initial car or truck came with a carbureted M30 3.-liter inline-six, the SpeedKore Bimmer receives a gas-injected S38 (initially identified in the E34-generation M5). In that car or truck, the 3.6-liter six-cylinder can make 311 horsepower (232 kilowatts), a major advancement from the CS’ 180 hp (134 kW). If we have a general performance criticism, although, it is that the previous BMW can make use of a ZF four-speed computerized transmission, not the high-general performance guide gearbox it justifies.

Other than that niggle, Robert Downey, Jr. and SpeedKore have once once more developed an amazing restomod – only this time they’ve traded Detroit for Deutschland. We hope this isn’t the last time SpeedKore does its magic on cars from the Continent. How about a carbon-bodied Jaguar E-Form following?