It’s nothing new for car aficionados to use someone else's name to make a rare vehicle seem even more special. So it’s not too surprising that, following the death of “Fast & Furious” actor Paul Walker, a few opportunistic collectors are going to try to cash in on his fame and his love for fast cars.
According to Yahoo’s Motoramic, a German car dealership has had the blue Nissan Skyline GT-R that he drove against Vin Diesel’s character in the fourth movie of the franchise up for sale for four years now. The asking price of the car – which according to the report was once impounded by the United States government and nearly junked – more than tripled to $1.4 million in the wake of Walker’s death.
Motoramic reports that the Japan-only Nissan became one of the most sought-after cars in the U.S. – mostly because it was illegal to import under federal auto safety and emissions rules.
To get around that for "Fast & Furious" filming, importer Kaizo Industries bought eight chassis without engines in Japan, shipped them to the U.S. as kit cars, and then installed engines.
Only one survived filming without being torn up or wrecked, Motoramic reported. But in 2009, the government cracked down on Kaizo and other GT-R importers, saying their actions were illegal.
The film’s blue GT-R was seized along with nearly 50 other cars. The owners were given 60 days to either take the cars overseas or have them crushed.
According to the website, what happened to the car after 2009 is unknown. This past August, a German car magazine posted a review of the Nissan, in which the owner revealed he was offering the car for sale of about $413,000.
Following Walker’s death, a new listing for the car appeared, detailing its appearance in “Fast & Furious 4,” with a new, less modest price of $1.4 million.