Brian O’Connor’s 10-second car has gone to a new owner. At an auction held by Barrett-Jackson in Las Vegas, the iconic 1994 Toyota Supra driven by Paul Walker in the original Fast and Furious film has sold for a whopping USD$550,000. The monumental figure now sees the vehicle hold the record for most expensive Supra ever sold, complete with official documentation certifying its authenticity.
First introduced to the Fast and Furious folklore in the original film, fans quickly grew to appreciate the Supra. In the movie, Walker’s character (Brain O’Connor) gets his Mitsubishi Eclipse destroyed by Johnny and Lance, and subsequently owing Dominic Toretto a ten-second card, opts for a written off Toyota Supra Mark IV. One of the most memorable montages in automotive film history ensues, with O’Connor remarking he had filled it with “overnight parts from Japan”.
In reality, the vehicle was subject to some serious movie magic. In a surprise that may leave some fans feeling slightly betrayed, the actual car is a 4-speed automatic, meaning the shifter knob was only added into the interior for the sake of the movie. Aside from that, Paul Walker’s 1994 Toyota Supra is still an iconic beast. According to the official listing, the Supra was built by Eddie Paul at The Shark Shop in El Segundo, California, and features a twin-turbo 3.0-litre 2JZ-GTE engine, “Nuclear Gladiator” graphics by Troy Lee Designs, a Bomex body kit, APR racing wing, 19-inch Racing Hart M5 wheels, and a momo steering wheel.
While it may be disappointing to learn that all that gear-shifting was just a case of smoke and mirrors, you can’t help but admire this piece of film history. As arguably the most memorable car in the Fast and Furious franchise (outside the obvious Charger), the 1994 Toyota Supra has helped pioneer a new era of Japanese sports car fans. It may sound steep, but USD$550,000 for an automatic Supra built in the ’90s is a bargain for those with a penchant for the sentimental.