You don’t have to be a gearhead to appreciate Fast & Furious movies. F9, the ninth film in the franchise, was released in June and made $70 million in the North American box office over the weekend.
Just before its premiere date, news broke about an impressive sale price for a Fast & Furious vehicle. The orange 1994 Toyota Supra built and driven by Brian O’Connor, played by the late Paul Walker, sold at an auction for $550,000. The classic car is an appealing collector’s item, and it’ll probably come with a hefty car insurance cost.
Cars from the popular movie franchise are pricey to buy
Paul Walker’s 1994 Toyota Supra
The storyline from the first movie of the series, The Fast and the Furious, shows O’Connor building up the Supra from a wreck. Toward the end of the film, he races Dominic Toretto, played by Vin Diesel, who crashes his Charger during the race. O’Connor hands him the keys to the Supra, as he owed Toretto a “10-second” car, according to Motor Trend.
The Supra, which was auctioned by Barrett-Jackson, has a turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission. The car was also used in the second film, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and modified for Michael Ealy’s character Slap Jack. It was later restored to its configuration from the first film.
The first Toyota Supra, known as the Celica Supra, was introduced in 1979, according to Autoweek. The Celica part of its brand was dropped for the third generation in 1986.
The fourth generation of the Supra released in 1993 came with new features including the twin-turbocharged 2JZ engine. Although the Supra had been pulled from the North American market in 1998, The Fast and The Furious made this model famous.
The fifth-generation Toyota Supra returned to the American market in 2019. The 2021 Toyota GR Supra starts at $43,090. It’s equipped with a four-cylinder engine, and a six-cylinder upgrade is available for roughly $8,000 more.
What happened to Paul Walker?
Paul Walker's Toyota Supra from The Fast and the Furious has sold for $550,000 at auction.
Since releasing the original movie in 2001, the franchise has grossed over $5 billion at the box office worldwide. pic.twitter.com/SsBclx2Tzj
In 2013, Walker was working on Furious 7. In November that year, the 40-year-old died in a car crash along with his good friend, Roger Rodas. The two, who co-owned a motor racing team, were on their way home from a charity event when the crash occurred.
Rodas, a professional race car driver, was behind the wheel of a Porsche Carrera GT exceeding 100 mph on a Los Angeles roadway. The car crashed into a tree and a light post before hitting a second tree and bursting into flames, according to The Guardian.
While street racing may look exciting and glorified on the big screen, drivers should avoid speeding to keep themselves and others safe on the road. Speeding and reckless driving are some of the mostcommon causes of car accidents.
If you get pulled over for speeding, a ticket will stay on your driving record for years. Speeding is not worth the risk. Not only do the consequences include hefty fines and license suspensions, but speeding can lead to fatal accidents.
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