The late actor also played a part in designing and tuning it during production.
The iconic Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34) from Fast & Furious recently went up for sale via Bonhams, and it's about to shoot the lights out with a record-breaking selling price. The final bid came in at $1,357,000, including premium, which is the highest price we've ever seen for an R34.
Not only is this the most desirable iteration of the iconic R34 generation, but it was piloted by the late Paul Walker in the fourth installment of the street racing series.
Not only did he drive the Skyline throughout the film, but he reportedly also played a big part in designing and tuning the vehicle. Rather amusingly, Walker refused to drive a "sticker bomber," which explains the restrained and tasteful appearance.
The R34 GT-R's value continues to climb, but it has never come quite this far before. A Mine's Tribute R34 was expected to fetch between $400,000-$500,000 at a Bonhams auction earlier this year but was withdrawn from sale. Before that, we saw an example sell for around $315,000, making it worth Ferrari money, but still not shockingly high. Then our minds were blown earlier this year when a zero-mile example with a very expensive motor sold for the equivalent of $662,000 before Hong Kong's notoriously high taxes, which may have made it a seven-figure car. Even that is roughly half what this particular example sold for.
So, what is the difference here? It's simple. The exceptional history and provenance of the late movie star have undoubtedly contributed to the (expected) high selling price.
After filming had wrapped up, the R34 Skyline GT-R was seized by Border Patrol authorities; there was a problem surrounding the fact that the car wasn't allowed to have been imported into the USA at the time. The vehicle was initially shipped to the US by Kaizo Industries - without an engine. The vehicle was reassembled with the necessary components and classified as a kit car, one of the workarounds for cars not yet eligible for Show or Display entry.
In 2012, it went to live in Germany as part of an exhibit and has been used sparingly ever since. Bonhams notes that the vehicle will need maintenance and recommissioning before it is driven the way Nissan intended. Of course, the R34 is finally eligible for importation into America, but you'll still have to wait a while longer before importing the GT-R derivative.
At almost $1.4 million, one could purchase 10 brand-new Nissan GT-R sports cars. Then again, the winning bidder will buy a truly extraordinary piece of history that will undoubtedly increase in value.
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