That time when Robert Downey Jr. gave Chris Evans a Captain America-inspired car

Apr 23, 2019

THE ever-so giving Robert Downey Jr. surprised his MCU co-star, Captain America himself, Chris Evans, with a pretty “mighty” gift fitting for the star-spangled soldier; a Captain America-themed 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, the kind of car that you would think Steve Rogers would have in real life.

Evans showed off the $275,000 car and all of its super-personalized touches in an episode of Jay Leno's Garage on CNBC back in August 2018.

The car is, of course, a tribute to Evans' iconic Marvel superhero character, Captain America, including a steering wheel emblazoned with his iconic star symbol, and a plaque which commemorates the vehicle as a "Steve Rogers special edition."

"This car was a gift from Mr. Robert Downey Jr.," Evans told Leno, describing how RDJ kept asking him during shooting what kind of cars he liked. "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,'" he added. "And then, sure enough, I showed up on set one day and it was there."

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Evans described the Captain America Camaro (or the CAC) as "way out of my league." With its Chevrolet LS3 crate engine, and Whipple 2.9-liter Supercharger, he added that this is, "without question," the most powerful car he's ever driven.

While a 1967 Camaro would usually be valued at about $20,000, Evans' one-of-a-kind Captain America version is valued at $275,000 due to the custom parts, and the hours of labor it took.

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It would be easy to say that Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. have forged a strong friendship that's built on working together on the Avengers movies for the better part of a decade. In fact, it was RDJ who originally convinced Evans to take the role of Cap back in the early days of the MCU when Evans actually turned down the role twice!

Their bond in real life mirrors the friendship shared by Tony Stark and Steve Rogers on-screen, except maybe the one in Civil War. And it does feel like this extravagant gesture here by RDJ absolutely feels like something the billionaire-playboy-philanthropist Tony Stark would do.

But was this the parting gift between the two leads of the Avengers back when they finished shooting? We'll just have to watch Avengers: Endgame when it hits cinemas tomorrow to find out.

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