Robert Downey Jr made a huge comeback in his acting career when he became the arrogant, intelligent and snarky Elon Musk-like superhero, Iron Man. The 2008 action-packed feature offered a more grounded, semi-realistic look at the wealthy world of Tony Stark and his superhero escapades. The more than $318 million domestic gross led to 2 more dedicated Iron Man films and his appearance in 6 other Marvel Films, including this year’s wildly successful Avengers: Infinity War.
Part of the enjoyment in watching these hero genre flicks is the glimpse we get into the world of these extravagant characters; a peek behind the curtain into their daily lives. Tony Stark stands out amongst the rest of the superheroes personified due to his $12.4 Billion net worth (that’s right, Forbes ranked all the heroes and Stark even came in above Bruce Wayne). Who wouldn’t want to live in the world of a billionaire philanderer, if only for 90 minutes?
If you’re a car nut, the man in the iron suit should be one of your favorites of the power wielding genre. Every film he is in seems to reveal new, exciting, and exotic cars in his collection. The majority of us will never have the ability to own, drive or even see many of the cars Tony Stark uses on a daily basis. Some of these vehicles are so rare and expensive, we can only hope to own them if that email with the Nigerian prince pays out. In the meantime, let’s take a peek at 20 of the cars hiding in Iron Man’s garage.
20 Audi R8 Spyder
While Tony Stark sat in his garage in Iron Man 2 studying his nemesis' history with JARVIS, we saw an array of cars that stopped our half masticated chewing of popcorn and milk duds. The beautiful lineup of cars featured a sleek white and black 2010 Audi R8 Spyder.
There's no shortage to the amount of Audis we see Stark driving, but this particular car is the convertible version of his favorite brand.
The Spyder has the awesome performance you would expect from the car of a superhero, including a V10 engine that boasts 525 horsepower. The car is valued at over $200,000, mere pocket change for the uber-rich playboy.
19 Acura NSX
The Iron Man universe took a brief step away from its Audi tradition at the end of the first Avengers film. Instead, we see our sarcastic, metal hero drive off in a beautifully crafted Acura NSX. The hybrid, convertible concept car must have been Stark’s effort to “go green.”
Although the car was beautifully crafted, it was actually just a 1991 NSX. Acura didn't even bother updating the 90s interior, they just heavily modified the body with fiberglass and foam. The car did end up being a fairly accurate preview of the NSX that would later come out. The electric supercar was in line with what you would expect someone like Tony Stark to drive, but at a fifth the price of his other cars.
18 32 Ford Flathead Roadster
Although Tony Stark has a love for brand new, state of the art supercars, he also has an obvious appreciation for the classics. The 32 Ford Flathead Roadster is the only car that survived from his lineup in the first film. The hot rod, with its distinctive gloss black and flamed exterior, is lovingly worked on by Stark in the second film.
The car is actually owned by Iron Man's director, Jon Favreau.
He might have second-guessed his decision to use the car in filming when production decided to disassemble parts of the engine and place them around the set, making Stark's restoration project seem authentic. Either way, we appreciate the cameo the car makes in both films.
17 Bugatti Veyron SS
The beautiful Bugatti Veyron SS is one of most desirable supercars France has to offer. Tony Stark would have bought the car for a cool $1.7 million, and hopefully he was smart enough to have it insured. In the 2013 film Iron Man 3, the gorgeously designed and exorbitantly priced Veyron was destroyed in an altercation with the Mandarin's forces at Stark’s beachfront mansion.
This particular Veyron was the 2010 World Record Edition, made famous by its ability to reach over 267 miles per hour. This makes it the fastest road car in existence. It’s the perfect fit for the egocentric Tony Stark.
16 Shelby Daytona Coupe
No one can deny that Tony Stark has good taste; from his extravagant mansion with its ocean view, to the gorgeous women he dates, to the valuable cars he drives. His refined taste combine modern technology with luxury and refinement. So it makes perfect sense that Stark would balance his collection with a Shelby Daytona Coupe.
The Coupe was based on the Cobra, and maintained a similar chassis and drivetrain. But this car was built to race, and had a significant impact on the racing industry. So much so, that it was added to the list of cars to be historically preserved.
15 Audi R8 E-Tron (Red & White)
We already know the Marvel Universe, and specifically Tony Stark, has an affinity for the Audi brand (or rather, Audi made a sweet deal with production to get universally reaching product placement).
Audis seem to pop up over and over in the films, and in Iron Man 3, we see Stark maintain his favorite car in the Audi R8 E-Tron.
When you’re as loaded as Tony Stark, you don’t have to make the difficult decision of picking only one color for your electric, German-made supercar, you can just buy multiples of the same. In Iron Man’s garage, we see the performance rich R8 in both white and red. Depending on his mood, or the day of the week, Stark can switch it up. Ah, the options afforded to the top 1%.
14 Tesla Roadster
In the first Iron Man film in 2008, production gave a nice nod to the inspiration for the film version of the Tony Stark character, Elon Musk. In Stark’s expansive garage, we see a curvy, topless Tesla Roadster.
Although increased fuel prices probably aren’t a concern for Tony Stark, no one can deny the abilities of the Roadster’s lithium-ion batteries.
The electric car not only has incredible performance (it reaches 60 miles per hour in less than 4 seconds), but it also has the ability to travel 220 miles in just one charge. Pretty useful when Stark needs to get from Malibu to Downtown LA in a hurry.
13 2008 Audi R8
Another example of Marvel’s infatuation with Audi is the 2008 Audi R8 seen in the first Iron Man. This is what you might call Tony Stark’s original daily driver, it was later sold by the billionaire and replaced with the Audi R8 Spyder.
Audi brags about the similarities in their car to Iron Man himself. The technologically advanced car has a front end with LED headlight slits that resemble the superhero’s helmet. It also has an engine visible through a glass cover, somewhat comparable to Iron Man’s visible, man made “heart.” Finally, the frame of the high strength car is certainly in the style of the Iron hero’s suit itself, making the R8 a perfect compliment to the superhero’s personification.
12 Saleen S7
Although we only ever see it in a parked position, the Saleen S7 makes its appearance in the first Iron Man movie. It survives a close call when Tony Stark crash lands in his basement garage right next to the S7. It’s later sold by Stark (along with some of his other cars) when he discovers he is being poisoned by his own arc reactor, and will likely die.
The brightly colored S7 is a 2005 twin turbo V8, and a great example of what an American super car has to offer. Although it resembles its European counterparts in looks, the car is highly respected for its performance. When the S7 is outfitted with its optional Competition Package, it achieves a shocking 1000 horsepower, one of only a few cars capable of that number.
11 Shelby Cobra
A scene that makes all car lovers want to throw up their $28 buttered popcorn and soda at comes in the first Iron Man when Tony Stark’s pristine 1967 Shelby Cobra is crushed. The Cobra meets its fate at the result of Stark’s own hand, when his Mark II suit malfunctions, and he falls on the car.
The weight of metal on metal results in damage beyond repair, and the first film is the only time we see the 427. Thank goodness the classic was only a replica, and not one of the less than 1,000 originally produced. Either way, the scene made us cringe.
10 2016 Audi R8
Another Audi joins the Iron Man fleet in the accompanying films Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. The 2016 Audi R8 became the 5th model Tony Stark daily drives. Thanks to Stark’s high-tech abilities and the access his wealth affords him, he has modified the car to be autonomous, and to navigate to him when summoned.
The second gen R8 loses its manual transmission, but gains several setting options for the driver, increasing its performance and handling in varying road conditions.
The V10 gives the angular car 540 horsepower and makes it one of the faster Audi options, reaching over 200 miles per hour.
9 Rolls Royce Phantom
Technically a part of his fleet, Tony Stark's Rolls Royce Phantom was owned and used by him in Iron Man 2, but was not necessarily a car he ever drove. It was actually driven by the film's director, Jon Favreau, playing the character of Stark's chauffeur, Happy Hogan. Favreau made an appearance in all three films in the trilogy.
The Rolls Royce Phantom is the obvious choice for a rich man's town car. The Phantom is classic elegance fit for the successful and prosperous. The 6.7 liter V12 is made for comfort to sip your champagne in refinement, with power to back it up.
8 1953 Ghia Cadillac
In the 1950s, you could buy a chassis from an auto manufacturer and have a custom body crafted to place on it. These coach built cars were rare, and the Ghia and Cadillac collaboration produced an incredibly unique car. The custom design of the 1953 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe By Ghia, is a car fit for someone with celebrity (or superhero) status.
The Italian coachbuilder designed a body akin to the classic Alfa Romeo, with very distinct European features. The rarity of the car (only 2 were ever made), puts the Ghia's value at well over $1.5 million. The car in Iron Man 2 is just an example of vehicles only accessible by the rich and famous.
7 1978 Wolf WR Ford Replica
In Iron Man 2, we see the sarcastically beloved Tony Stark dip his ironclad toes into the world of Formula One.
In a race gone wrong, Stark drives a 1978 Wolf WR Ford Replica in the Grand Monaco Grand Prix, until the car is destroyed by Whiplash and his electrified weapons.
The Stark Industries race car is like an extension of the hero himself. Unfortunately, like many of his super suits, it met a destructive end. But if anyone can afford to replace an F1 car on a whim, it's Tony Stark. Perhaps we'll see him racing again in the future.
6 Audi Q7
Sometimes Iron Man can't just power up his jetpack and fly to wherever he needs to be. Can you imagine the iron covered hero flying back from the grocery store, 9 reusable bags hanging off his arms (because of course he would take them all in one trip)? Of course not, he would send Happy Hogan.
But if he did have to pick up his own groceries, he would take his luxury 4 door SUV, the Audi Q7. There is the rare occasion where he ventures out of his norm of driving high end supercars. But Stark remains loyal to his Audi brand.
5 Mercury 8 Coupe
More fitting for a mob boss than a superhero, Tony Stark's dramatic black 49 Mercury 8 Coupe filled a gap in his collection. The car sat side by side with his other classics in Iron Man 2. Thank goodness it was one of the cars narrowly missed when his super suit malfunctioned, crushing his Cobra.
The Mercury 8 was the first car produced by the Mercury brand. The singular model was produced from 1939 to 1951, and with those years came successful sales. Mercury boasted that it was the new vehicle that "made 150,000 owners change cars! It's a luxurious must have that enticed Tony Stark to branch out from his usual Audi purchases.
4 Cadillac DTS
We already know Tony Stark is willing to trade cool factor for opulent comfort. Plus, since he already has one other Caddy, the 2006 Cadillac DTS is an understandable fit for his collection...although the 4 door luxury sedan does admittedly look a little more fitting for a granny than a superhero.
That is, of course, until you see the car perform. The DTS has the refined design you would expect from Cadillac, and under the hood sits a 4.6 liter V8, capable of producing over 290 horsepower. The car is fit for the inventor billionaire and presidents alike (it was actually used as the presidential limousine at George Bush's inauguration).
3 Audi S5
Since she's sort of like Tony Stark's right hand man (woman), we would be remiss in our duty if we didn't mention Pepper Potts' ride. Just like the head of Stark Industries, Potts' character approves of Audi vehicles as well. Potts gets around in a brand new Audi S5.
The S5 is a high performance version of the Audi A5. With its aggressive design and a fuel injected V8, it’s not what you would expect to see a glorified secretary driving. But with her feisty and strong personality, she compliments Tony Stark, and her car compliments his. Almost like the pair are meant to work as a unit.
When Iron Man needs to take extra precautions for safety, he doesn't mess around. He goes straight from iron exoskeleton, to iron encased bulletproof HMMWV. On multiple occasions Tony Stark is seen using the Hummers to safely travel by ground.
Stark Industries even had a hand in modifying the military vehicles to defend against Hulk in one of the films.
We've seen the result of turning awesome Humvees into family cars (ahem, H3). But the original tactical design is used for extreme off-roading and is built for durability. Perfect for defending the human race against whatever threat the Marvel series throws at Iron Man.
One of Iron Man's vehicles that reappears again and again in the Marvel universe is his ultra high-tech Quinjet. The fictional aircraft may not actually sit in Tony Stark's garage but it was used by himself and all of the Avengers in many of the films.
The Quinjet was designed by Tony Stark and SHIELD engineers. It was created as an advanced aircraft to protect and transport the superheroes.
They come armored, just like a certain superhero we know, and weaponized for combat. The Quinjet is also unique due to its wings that utilize turbine fans, giving it realistically improbable flight capabilities.
Sources: ironman.wikia.com, therichest.com, hagerty.com, jalopnik.com