An iconic piece of cinema history has just been snapped up with news Paul Walker’s Orange Toyota Supra from Fast & Furious has sold at auction for $550,000 USD.
The orange speed machine was a crucial part of the Fast & Furious franchise, first introduced in the series after Paul Walker‘s character Brian O’Conner gets his Mitsubishi Eclipse blown up by Johnny and Lance.
This sparks the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship between O’Conner and Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) as O’Conner desperately seeks a ‘10 second car’ to replace the Eclipse. As luck would have it, the cop-turned-car thief tracks down a busted Toyota Supra Mark IV and goes about overhauling it.
The result is Paul Walker’s Orange Toyota Supra. This twin-turbo beast goes on to play a significant role in the arc of the first Fast & Furious – it’s also featured in the final scene of the film when O’Conner hands Toretto the keys and allows him to escape.
The Supra was also featured heavily in 2 Fast 2 Furious.
Paul Walker’s Orange Toyota Supra from Fast & Furious sold for $550,000 USD at Barrett-Jackson‘s Las Vegas auction. An anonymous buyer paid the eye-watering price and now holds the record for the most expensive Supra ever sold.
Under the hood, it’s just as impressive as you’d imagine. Built by Eddie Paul at The Shark Shop in El Segundo, California, Paul Walker’s Orange Toyota Supra features a twin-turbo 3.0-litre 2JZ-GTE engine, “Nuclear Gladiator” graphics by Troy Lee Designs, a Bomex body kit, APR racing wing, 19-inch Racing Hart M5 wheels, a momo steering wheel, and several gauges.
Walker starred in six of the first seven movies, appearing in the seventh posthumously after being killed when the car he was a passenger in crashed in Southern California in November 2013. He was 40 years old.
Fast 9 is currently showing in cinemas and is set to be the highest-grossing instalment yet. The franchise has now banked more than $6 billion at the box office.