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​Robert Downey Jr Once Gave Chris Evans A $275k Avengers-Themed Car

​Robert Downey Jr Once Gave Chris Evans A $275k Avengers-Themed Car

Look, I'm sure your mates are all top people - they might treat you to a few pints when you've forgotten your wallet or take you out for a night on the town after a tough break-up. But I'm afraid unless they're splashing out on an $275,000 Avengers-themed car for you, they've got nothing on Robert Downey Jr.

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Downey Jr. - the guy behind the Iron Man suit in Marvel's Avengers franchise - once gave his co-star Chris Evans a customised 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, which not only features Captain America's shield at the centre of the steering wheel, but also has an estimated value of $275,000 (£211,600).

Yeeesh. That is some friendship - even for rich dudes, surely.

Evans showed off his car in an episode of CNBC's Jay Leno's Garage, where he told the host: "This car was a gift from Mr. Robert Downey Jr."

The car in action. Credit: Jay Leno/Facebook
The car in action. Credit: Jay Leno/Facebook

Evans explained he had an inkling Downey Jr. had something up his sleeve when the fellow actor kept pointing out cars in the street and asking if he liked them.

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"In my head I'm like, 'Is this guy going to give me a car? There's no way he's going to do this.'" Evans said.

"And then, sure enough, I showed up on set one day and it was there."

Ugh, lucky bastard.

Downey had designed the custom car, which was fully restored and customised by Speedkore, a Milwaukee-based car designer.

The car's steering wheel features a Captain America shield. Credit: CNBC
The car's steering wheel features a Captain America shield. Credit: CNBC

A spokesperson for the company told CNBC the Camaro Downey Jr. had built for Evans is valued at roughly $275,000, including new high-end parts and labour.

Just bear in mind that a used 1967 Camaro usually costs just over $20,000, according to car research company Edmunds.

"Just the cost of the wheels, suspension, engine, seats, supercharger and gauges alone would be around $33,000," the spokesperson said of Evan's custom beauty.

Evans told Leno the car was 'without question' the most powerful car he's ever driven, as it's outfitted with a Chevrolet LS3 crate engine with a Whipple 2.9-litre Supercharger.

"This is way out of my league," he added.

The car's seats. Credit: CNBC
The car's seats. Credit: CNBC

The car also has a plaque that says the car is a 'Steve Rogers' Special Edition' - a reference to the real name of Evans' Captain America character - along with Ford Performance Recaro seats and Eureka European leather upholstery.

In short, it looks slick as hell and is worth an absolute boatload - and suddenly my friends totally suck.

Featured Image Credit: CNBC

Topics: Chris Evans, Entertainment, TV and Film, Celebrity, Avengers, Robert Downey Jr, Cars

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

 

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