Robert Downey Jr. might be best known for his portrayal of Iron Man, but he also has eclectic taste when it comes to classic cars. The celebrity has “eco-modified” a fleet of classic cars, and six of them are being sold off to support the FootPrint Coalition, his nonprofit organization focused on advancing technologies that support a cleaner environment. All six cars are on display at the Chicago Auto Show through Feb. 19.
Downey’s cars range from oddly charming to uniquely sustainable, including a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE that runs on biodiesel and has an interior made from recycled plastics, as well as a 1972 VW Bus with an EV West electric motor (in place of the air-cooled engine) and a solar-powered electric barbecue.
The four other vehicles come from General Motors: a 1966 Buick Riviera with a modern hybrid powertrain; a 1972 K-10 Pickup converted to a fully electric powertrain; a 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible powered by a modern electric motor and sporting a mushroom-based interior; and the 1985 Chevrolet El Camino with a modern turbocharged four-cylinder and using a solar-powered bike rack in the bed. The K-10 pickup and Mercedes SE were not painted but wrapped instead, while the other four vehicles were custom painted with experimental coatings designed to reflect heat.
Here’s how the sale works: Visit https://rdjdreamcars.com/ and choose the amount you want to contribute to the FootPrint Coalition. A donation of $10 gets you 10 “entries” while $5000 gets you 8500 entries. Give what you want. Ticket sales have closed for the K-10 pickup because that winner will be chosen soon. The other five winners will be selected, one per month, through July.