How do you make a dream car?

When Chris Mazzilli and his team of experts took on the challenge of transforming six vintage classics for movie star Robert Downey Jr., restoration wasn’t enough.

Mazzilli, founder of Dream Car Restorations/CMC Motors, worked with his team to make each vehicle—which included a 1969 Mercedes Benz once owned by Downey’s mother—into a cleaner-greener version of
itself. The project was the basis for Downey’s Max TV series Downey’s Dream Cars.

 The Downey cars are similar to projects the shop has taken on for other clients, Mazzilli said.

“We’ve done similar things—not so much for celebrities—but a lot of people these days want what they call ‘restomods.’ They have modern engines in them that run a...

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