As car enthusiasts, most of us probably like the Toyota Supra, Paul Walker, and the Fast and the Furious franchise. Heck, some of you gear heads out there might have been inspired by the film series, the Supra, and Walker himself. To this end, you’ll probably get a kick out of this news.
It's as majestic as the first time when we saw it [Photo source: Barrett-Jackson]
Recently, the “10-second car”, aka the bright orange 1994 A80 Toyota Supra that was driven by Brian O’Conner, Paul Walker’s character in the first Fast and Furious film, was auctioned off in Las Vegas. For how much? For a whopping USD 550,000 (around Php 26.8 million).
For perspective, a particularly clean but regular A80 Supra nowadays can run for as much as Php 3.2 million on average in the US used car market. Going back to the movie Supra, it was indeed certified to be the real deal by Barrett-Jackson, a US-based automotive auction company. So yes, it bears the famous “Nuclear Gladiator” decal, the 19-inch Racing Hart M5 wheels, TRD hood, and APR rear wing as seen from the film.
The Fast and Furious "10-second" Supra from the side
More importantly though, the 10-second Toyota Supra is also powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter 2JZ-GTE inline-6 engine. So, it is indeed drivable and potentially fast. Just ignore the fact that its transmission is a four-speed automatic made to look like a stick shift. If you’re bummed out by that last part, be aware that the crew who filmed the first Fast and Furious movie decided to use automatic cars since it was easier to work with.
As for the guy who bought the car, he probably wants his privacy and so will remain anonymous. We do know though that the car in question was made by Eddie Paul, a famous engineer and owner of The Shark Shop car modding shop. It is also a known fact that Paul Walker himself drove the movie Supra for the most part during filming. To a certain degree, this added to the value of the car, at least in our opinion.
Oh memories [Photo source: The Fast and the Furious, 2001, Universal Pictures]
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