You can blame Vin Diesel for the rising costs of Japanese Sports cars in America.
Fast & Furious is now a multi-billion dollar action movie franchise that has strayed away from its street racing roots. The first film was released back in 2001 and helped popularize Japanese imports and the tuning scene in the US. Nearly 20 years on, the original film’s legacy is still affecting demand for Japanese sports cars associated with Fast & Furious such as the Mazda RX-7 and Toyota Supra according to a report by ClassicCars. One of the movie’s star cars was a 1994 Toyota Supra MK IV driven by Brian O’Conner played by the late Paul Walker.
News of the reborn Supra has sparked renewed interest in its predecessor made famous by the Fast & Furious franchise. Mk IV Supras have seen an “explosive growth in value.” Back in 1995, a new Supra will have set you back around $50,000, but today the average used model sells for around $70,000. The original Supra Paul Walker drove in the movie also sold for $185,000 in 2015. It’s a similar story for the Mazda RX-7, which starred in Fast & Furious Tokyo Drift. When new, the 1993 Mazda RX-7 had an asking price of around $33,000, but certain models now command a premium of $59,000.
With Mazda also celebrating its 40th anniversary, ClassicCars believes the RX7 is destined to be a “serious up-and-coming collectible”. Nissan Skyline GTR prices are also expected to soar, since you’ll soon be able to import R33 and R34 models, which typically fetch around $30,000, in the US on their forthcoming 25th anniversaries. While Acura killed the Integra years ago, there’s still demand for the Integra GS-R. With an average selling price of around $15,000, it’s one of the more affordable cars that featured in the movie franchise since it originally sold for around $20,000.
If, however, you want an even cheaper car that featured in a Fast & Furious movie, a 1997 Nissan 240SX is a “good entry car,” though finding a stock example is difficult since most of the original S13 and S14 models have either been modified for drifting or tuned to look the car from the film. Even so, an average 240SX will only cost a few thousand dollars today, despite fetching nearly $22,000 in 1997.