November 27, 2021

Fast and Furious came out nearly twenty years ago and it forever changed the car culture in America. Filmmakers took a gamble and they weren’t expecting it to be a huge blockbuster due to Fast and Furious not highlight the typical big-block American Muscle Car as the main attraction that most Americans were accustomed to. It introduced the Japanese car culture and showed how technology has advanced and small displacement cars are just as capable as big blocks. Not long after the movie was released people immediately were hooked. Fast And Furious didn’t portray everything about the specific cars accurately. From the lengthy two-minute quarter-mile scenes or the thirteen gear manual transmissions that real car enthusiasts have laughed about throughout the years. It did showcase the love gearheads had for their vehicles, and the bond many car enthusiasts have that brought every culture together because of their love for cars. It was never about blood or race. It was about values and loyalty which is a big part of the car culture. Throughout the years fast and Furious have showcased some of the beloved cars throughout the car community and dramatically changed the value of these cars. This list isn’t to present the fastest or most expensive cars in Fast And Furious. This list is going to talk about the true capabilities of these cars as well as what they are valued at. Muscle cars aren’t going to be mentioned due to them already having been popular in America before the movie was released, but this list is for the vehicles that most people look at and instantly think Fast And Furious.    

1994 Toyota Supra Mk IV (Paul Walker)

The Toyota Supra first appeared in the original Fast And Furious. It was hauled straight from a scrap yard and past restoration for most, But when Brian presented this car to the crew Jessie uttered one of the most quotable lines in the whole franchise  “You know what? This will decimate all after you put about 15 grand in it or more. If we have to, overnight parts from Japan”. Most casual’s had no idea of the power potential of the 2jz and now the supra is one of the most sought after Japanese cars in the world. In stock form, the 2jz produces 320 horsepower, but people are going over 1,000 horsepower without modifying the stock block. When built people have seen over 2,000 horsepower and considered the best built straight-six motor ever built. The twin-turbo model originally sold for $39,000, but people are fetching as high as $170,000 for low milage and that’s definitely from the added exposure from the Fast And Furious films. The Supra was one of Paul walker’s favorite vehicles and his personal Supra was used at the end of Furious 7 when paul and Vin go there separate ways.

2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 (Paul Walker)

A lot of people may not know there was a prelude before 2 fast 2 furious, but when Brian was on his way to Miami beach he went through Texas and had his 91 Dodge stealth impounded. He later hitches a ride to a used car lot and picks up a Nissan Skyline R34. It’s still illegal to drive one in the united states and it’s almost 20 years since the movie was released. The skyline was featured in the original Fast and Furious, but didn’t get the love that it should receive since like the Supra, it’s known as one of the most sought after Japanse cars. The Skyline was never sold in North America and is one of the best Japanese track machines that you can own. The late R32 model was even given the nickname Godzilla which is still one of the best car nicknames ever. Throughout the Fast and Furious there has been multiple Nissan Skyline’s showcased and what makes these cars sought after is its’ advanced all-wheel-drive system of its day and its 2.6L RB26DETT powerplant. The RB26DETT produced 276hp from the factory and has produced up to 500whp before the head will lift. When built these motors have been known to produce over 1,400 horsepower. The R34 cost $45,606 new and are now going for over $500,000. Fun fact the Nissan R35 is not considered a skyline even though a lot of people call it that. The R35 is not built on the same chassis.  

1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse (Paul Walker)

This was the car that started it all for Brian and Is arguably the only car that is as iconic as the Toyota Supra and Skyline in the franchise. The Eclipse used for the film was rented from LA tuner John Lapid and didn’t actually have a turbocharged 4G63T motor. Even though it wasn’t the correct motor it gave people the opportunity to research and see that Mitsubishi had produced a race engine and is still considered one of the best 4 cylinder motors to modify. The Mitsubishi Eclipse motor is almost identical to the Legendary Lancer Evolution which at the time wasn’t available in North America. The Mitsubishi Eclipse produced 210 horsepower from the factory, but the motor’s internals are known to hold up to 500 horsepower with stronger head bolts. When built the 4G63T motor has seen over 2,000 horsepower and just recently lost the fastest H pattern manual transmission record in the world to a Toyota Supra. The Mitsubishi Eclipse GST and GSX haven’t seen their values increase like others on the list, but within the past year, we are starting to see them start increasing in value slightly due to the rarity of finding one that is complete. The all-wheel-drive model that once went for on average of $5,000- 10,000 is being sold for up to $20,000 now when in pristine condition. 

The R34 Skyline GTR was the fastest H pattern manual transmission car in the world in the quarter-mile and recently lost the title to a Toyota Supra. It comes in running a 7.047 and finishes the quarter-mile at 204.57 mph.

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