Well known among car enthusiasts and fans of the film franchise Fast & Furious is the electric blue Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 used by late actor Paul Walker who played character Brian Spilner.
Only a couple of weeks after his death, a German restoration firm placed the GT-R on sale but did not achieve the sale they were looking for. Seemingly they are using the anniversary of actor Paul Walker’s death in an effort to obtain the desired sale price they require.
The German firm are aiming to sell the Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 for between $1 and $6 million (£640,000 – £3,180,000). They claim they have an appraisal from an accredited company outlining that the car is worth up to the high end asking price of $6 million. The car is said to have 550bhp under the bonnet.
Details have been revealed that state during filming there were only two Skyline GT-R R35 models used in the fourth film of the series. The car for sale and another vehicle which was reportedly stolen. This example is the only car of the ones used in filming that was engineered for performance and is heavily modified. The other stunt cars used VW beetle chassis’ and plastic replica Nissan Skyline bodies.
Modifications to the Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 for sale include:
- Nismo lowering springs
- Custom roll cage
- ARC titanium strut tower bar
- Volk racing wheels
- Big brake conversion
- Nismo bumper and side skirts
- Rear seats removed
- Momo alcantara steering wheel
- Nismo pedals
- Custom head up display for a dash-mounted PC
The car has covered just 6,000km.
Quite clearly the asking price is only so high because of the affiliations with Paul Walker. Sure, collectors will be purchasing a brilliant piece of film memorabilia and something extremely rare but is it really worth multiple times the usual cars value?
Time will tell if somebody purchases the car and the price they pay. Somebody will have to be a huge Fast and Furious fan with very deep pockets to purchase this one off item. As a fan of the films myself I can appreciate how unique the car is and the opportunity to own the Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 would be great, however I think the company selling the car are trying to extort as much money as possible for the sale.
The full specification and sales page can be seen here http://www.gt-a.net/fast-furious.html
Paul Walker’s Fast and Furious IV Nissan Skyline GT-R R34
Top Speed: N/A
Engine: 2.6L 6 Cylinder
Transmission: AWD, 6 speed manual
Price: $1,000,000 – $6,000,000 (£640,000 – £3,180,000)
What are your thoughts? Do you think the car is worth every penny of the price being asked? Would you make a bid if you had the money?