One of the many iconic cars to have made an impression during the never-ending series of Fast & Furious movies is the blue Nissan Skyline GT-R from the fourth film in the franchise.
Released in 2009, Fast & Furious starred the usual cast of characters: Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto, Michelle Rodriguez as Letty Ortiz, Jordana Brewster as Mia Toretto, and Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner – the driver of the blue Nissan Skyline GT-R. (It also was the movie debut of Miss Israel 2004 Gal Gadot, who was fresh off her stint in the Israel Defense Forces working as a combat fitness instructor, playing the role of Gisele Yashar.)
Apparently, all of that was enough of a reason for an Australian car collector to pay $1.357 million for the Fast & Furious car at a recent Bonhams auction in Belgium.
The hero car from Fast & Furious 4, built to Paul Walker's specs, is going up for auction in Germany. @bonhams1793 https://t.co/qgrJLgE5Fb
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“Constructed in 2002 as a 2nd Generation R34 GT-R, this example, recorded on the GTR Registry under its chassis No ‘BNR34-400109’ as a Series 2 GTR painted in TV2 Bayside Blue, was modified to ‘Fast and Furious’ acting legend Paul Walker’s personal specification,” reads the auction description.
One scene in the film shows Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, in the FBI impound lot, selecting which car to enter for a high-stakes street race. He selects three, a white GT-R (portrayed on screen by Walker’s personal car), a red R35 GT-R (owned by Daryl Alison of Kaizo at the time), and the blue R34 GT-R offered today. This vehicle then features extensively throughout the film, tearing through the streets of Los Angeles Koreatown defying laws of both constitution and physics in a death-defying street race. O’Conner and the GT-R make light work of a BMW M5 and an S14 Nissan Silvia but he is pushed out of the race by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). The car moves on to further criminal activity in the film, being used for smuggling across the Mexican border before being blown up in a franchise-favourite fireball. Fortunately, the car seen bursting in to flames on screen is of course a replica!
Bonus: “In the movie, a digital display is shown mapping out the route for the high-octane street race, and the drivers rev their engines impatiently while an on-screen clock counts down on the dashboard. At Walker’s request, a large dashboard monitor was added to the car’s interior costing nearly £8,500, meaning that its next owner can (safely) recreate his or her own high-tech street race fantasies.”
The $1.357 million (including auction fees) makes this Fast & Furious car the most expensive Nissan ever sold and broke the previous record for a Skyline GT-R by between $300,000 and $400,000, reports The Drive (depending on who you believe).