1974 BMW CS 3.0
Our first foray into the European segment came with the restoration and modification of an iconic 1974 BMW 3.0 CS in partnership with actor Robert Downey Jr. Downey approached SpeedKore with a unique vision for the classic BMW melding modern materials with classic European styling. Perfect for either a spirited drive in the canyons or a day of leisure in the sun.
Unlike previous SpeedKore builds, the CS features a predominantly metal body that was restored at our Grafton-based facility. There are a number of signature SpeedKore carbon-fiber accents throughout, including the front air dam, rocker moldings and rear bumper. The body of the CS was painted in a custom “Downey-inspired” brick red PPG paint, accented by Cerakoted titanium gray accents on all-original brightwork. A woodgrain beltline and custom-machined rear deck lid spoiler add an additional custom touch.
The woodgrain beltline complements the Italian-inspired interior’s wood detailing. The interior was custom designed by SpeedKore and upholstered by Gabe’s Custom Interiors in coffee-colored leather with pebble weave seat centers and door cards. The dashboard is made to look like the original factory unit. However, it is completely remolded and fitted with gauges by Classic Instruments and a hideaway Focal touch screen head unit. The center console is mostly stock, save the addition of a ‘70s Lamborghini-inspired grab handle. Per Downey’s request, the rear seat was replaced with a custom packing shelf, complete with matched luggage.
Wheels & Chassis
The E9 rides on Bilstein shocks and a custom set of HRE C109 forged three-piece wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires. Stopping power comes courtesy of Brembo six-piston brakes up front and four-piston brakes at the rear.
Powering this classic BMW is a naturally aspirated S38 inline-six from an E34 M5 mated to a ZF 4HP22 four-speed automatic transmission.