The 7 most expensive Fast & Furious movie cars ever sold
When a Fast & Furious movie hits the theater, as Fast X does today in the U.S., it’s guaranteed to be a globetrotting adventure with wild, car-centric action. It’s also sure to rake in the dough.
The film franchise is Universal Studios’ most lucrative, with more than six billion dollars in gross revenue. Yes, $6,000,000,000. That kind of appeal can bring acclaim not only to the actors but also to the films’ star cars, elevating the status and value of on-set vehicles far above that of their behind-the-camera peers.
We took a look at all of the public sales of four-wheeled stars in the Fast franchise to see which ones were most elevated by their star power. Here are the top seven auction results, all of which brought six-digit results.
To compare each car used on-screen with its “normal” version, we’ll be using data from the Hagerty Price Guide, which uses a 1-to-4 rating scale to evaluate a vehicle’s condition. The definitions are broken down here.
Besides its beautiful Bayside Blue paint, widebody conversion, and Volk wheels, this 2000 (R34) Nissan Skyline GT-R also features a host of performance mods that double the factory-rated output of its twin-turbo inline-six to 550 horsepower. Even better, all of the upgrades were personally selected by the late Paul Walker.
Walker commissioned the car to be built by Kaizo Industries, who imported the Skyline, sans engine, into California with plans of retrofitting the car to comply with U.S. Department of Transportation regulations. This was the hero car in the franchise’s fourth film, 2009’s Fast & Furious. While other RWD stunt cars and prop replicas were used in filming, this was the only actual GT-R on-screen; the rest of the Skylines were lower-performing, GT-T models dressed up as GT-Rs.
After filming wrapped, U.S. Customs impounded the car: As a model not originally sold in the states, it is not legal for import until 2025. After a drawn-out legal process, the car was shipped to Germany where it has been on display ever since, reportedly with the seat left in the position Paul Walker left it. Its recent sale earlier in May 2023 makes this the most expensive Skyline ever sold at auction.
Paul Walker drove this car in the original The Fast and the Furious (2001) and it made an appearance in 2003’s sequel, 2 Fast 2 Furious. This car set the record for the highest price paid for a Supra at auction. Its impressive sale price, far above a ’94 Supra Turbo’s #3 (Good) condition value of $91,800, is due to its well-documented use on-screen with Walker behind the wheel.
Famed movie-car builder and car customizer Eddie Paul built the Supra for the first movie and repainted it for a new role in the sequel. Before its record-breaking sale in 2021, the car was returned to its most recognizable and famous configuration, with those iconic Troy Lee graphics it wore for its movie debut.
While this Supra is not a Turbo, and its nitrous oxide bottles—”actually, let’s make it two”—are not attached, it was the stunt car used in the 2001 movie’s finale. The status greatly adds to its appeal in the eyes of collectors. Like its nearly identical hero-car counterpart, this Supra is equipped with an APR wing and Bomex body kit and was fitted with a roll cage.
The $203K it brought at Mecum’s 2015 Indianapolis sale vastly exceeded the value of a naturally aspirated Supra at the time, and the current #3 (Good) value, while up more than nine percent year-over-year, is still about a quarter of this famous car’s sale price.
1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse
Like a lot of the cars featured in the Fast movies, this Eclipse got a lot of movie magic and creative filming to make it appear far more exotic and powerful than its build sheet says it is. This four-speed automatic model is neither a turbocharged GS-T (Grand Sport Turbo) nor a GSX (Grand Sport X, for all-wheel drive) variant, but it is one of six Eclipses used to fill the on-screen role of Brian’s—played by Paul Walker—street-racing machine. Sometimes, movie magic matters more.
All of the car’s signature graphics are preserved. So are its diamond-plate floorboards, which are miraculously intact, as is the intake manifold, which we have been assured is no longer in danger.
1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro re-creation
You might recognize this LeMans Blue Camaro from 2 Fast 2 Furious, in which it was driven by Paul Walker.
The sale price of this Yenko-lookalike, big-block Camaro would not be quite this high without its movie pedigree, despite the extensive work done to restore it. A real Yenko Camaro is a rare and valuable piece of muscle-car lore and commands huge prices: Even in less-than-perfect condition, a genuine Yenko is worth more than $300,000.
Another ’69 Camaro built for the movie, but with a 350 small-block in place of the 427, sold for just $37,000.
1970 Dodge Challenger 426 Hemi re-creation
This is the first vehicle on the top-sales list that wasn’t driven by Paul Walker. Instead, this car was driven by Tyrese Gibson in 2 Fast 2 Furious. Since Vin Diesel and his character Dominic Toretto’s supercharged Dodge Charger were both absent from the sequel, this Mopar pony car helped give the franchise another serious dose of muscle car alongside the aforementioned “Yenko” Camaro.
A rotisserie restoration, from the car’s powder-coated subframe up, left the car in better shape than new; no offense to Tyrese, but this car would have brought nearly $112,000 even without its Hollywood connection. Were it an original Hemi car, its #3 (Good) condition value would be $186,000. There’s just something about a Hemi E-body …
1965 Ford GT40 re-creation
Have you priced a decent GT40 replica lately? Even in 2014, this was well-bought. It’s powered by a 347-cubic-inch small-block “stroker,” an engine that likely makes it every bit the handful as the original, FE 427 GT40. The right-hand-drive replica wears a fiberglass body and was modernized with a five-speed manual transmission but otherwise very much looks the real deal. After appearing in Fast Five in 2011, this car was given a nut-and-bolt restoration. The work was completed in 2014, just prior to its sale.
With most of the most valuable Fast cars coming from the early movies and the top five having a connection to the late Paul Walker, we don’t expect this top-seven list to change. However, as a Pontiac fan, I can see the first Fiero in space potentially cracking the list. If so, we’ll have to write another, expanded version.