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Why Won't Anyone Buy This BMW That Featured In Fast & Furious?

Being in one of the least popular Fast & Furious films probably doesn't help.

It’s not uncommon for movie fanatics to pay absurd amounts for merchandise that featured in their favourite films. Just look at the Star Wars franchise, which attracts hordes of fanatics that pay for actors who played characters that had a few seconds of screen time to sign autographs. When a car that starred in a movie goes up for auction, they normally attract a lot of bidders. The Dodge Challenger from Death Proof, for example, recently sold on eBay for over $30,000.

The Fast and Furious franchise has a huge following, so we would expect a car connected to the series to be an easy sell too. And yet for some reason nobody wants to buy this BMW E30 323iS that featured in one of the movies. You would think a hardcore fan of Fast & Furious would revel in owning own a car that was driven in a film that's part of one of the most popular car movie franchises of all time, but this 1999 E30 BMW 323iS that was used in 2 Fast 2 Furious didn’t attract much attention at a recent Mecum auction in Louisville. The highest bid was a mere $15,000, which wasn’t enough to convince the owner to part ways with the movie car.

It was one of three cars used in the movie. One was destroyed in a stunt crash, but this one survived undamaged. Like most cars in Fast & Furious, it’s heavily modified. So why didn’t it sell? Well, probably because 2 Fast 2 Furious is considered one of the worst films in the franchise along with Tokyo Drift. It was the first film in the series not to star Vin Diesel because he demanded too much money, and the film suffered as a result. It’s notable, though, for introducing us to Roman Pearce played by Tyrese Gibson, who is now a series regular. When 2 Fast 2 Furious released in 2003, the series had more of a cult status compared to the money-making juggernaut it is today.

The BMW 323iS only played a minor role in the film too, so we doubt anyone remembers it. To refresh your memory, it featured in the film’s highway chase scene and crashed into some water-filled impact attenuators. And as if it couldn’t look any less attractive with those hideous modifications, it’s an automatic model which as we know is a cardinal sin in a sports car. Still, if you’re a movie car collector you can probably pick this up for a reasonable price since it isn’t in high demand.

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