PAUL WALKER'S FNF IV BAYSIDE BLUE R34 GT-R HEADS TO ONLINE AUCTION - WILL IT SET A GT-R RECORD?
This is one for both the JDM fanbois and the die-hard Fast and Furious franchise ‘family’ - an R34 GT-R that was driven by the late Paul Walker in Fast and Furious IV, and it was even modified to its current spec by Daryl Alison of Kaizo Industries under Paul Walker’s instructions. That’s like a triple whammy right there, and it’s guaranteed to reflect in the selling price once the hammer drops for the final time when Bonhams auctions it off in a dedicated online auction on 28 April. This particular R34 GT-R is the only authentic one to have appeared on screen in the movie, and being the franchise that it is, the car was tastefully modified for its screen time. It’s clear that Paul wasn’t just acting he liked cars in the movies, the man had a pretty cool personal collection and an eye for detail, which can be seen in the mods carried out on this 2000 Bayside Blue GT-R. The Skyline played a crucial role in the movie; the car was used for smuggling across the Mexican border and also ripping it through Los Angeles in a high-stakes street race. The action sequences, including the car being blown up in a fireball, were created using six replica Skyline stunt cars. Before purists lose their minds, four of them were poverty-spec GT-T rear-wheel drive cars. The other two were replica bodies mounted on a dune buggy chassis for a jump shot, and a cut-out body 'buck' car mounted on a trailer that was used for in-car shots.
On this GT-R the exterior of the car features a clean, classic Bayside Blue Skyline look but is enhanced with a set of the timeless Volk Racing RE30 wheels in 19 inches, and a Nismo NE-1 exhaust. Paul Walker personally requested the car not be decorated with any 'Sticker Bomber' vinyls or other decorations - a purist for sure. Inside, the GT-R features a custom rear roll cage, a custom dashboard-mounted PC, and some proper FIA-approved OMP racing seats that are still set in Paul Walker's seating position today, a fact that we hope is communicated to the chap moving the car around at Bonhams Auctions. The car was purchased in Japan and brought into the US without an engine by Kaizo Industries, clever use of a loophole to get the car into the country, but a proper RB26 powerplant was sourced and fitted. Changes to the car include a Turbonetics front-mount cooler, Nismo lowering springs, an ARC titanium strut brace, a Rotora brake conversion with 6-pot calipers, a Nismo Version II bumper with side skirts, an East Bear hood, a Momo Sport Alcantara steering wheel, Nismo V-Spec pedals (seen in close up during the street race countdown), an MFD Xenarc Display unit with gauges programmed to the car's ECU, a Sony head unit and a tune taking power up to 550 hp. The car has been in storage for years, but the new owner can drive the shite out of it, it runs and drives great and comes with a copy of the Universal Pictures rental contract, just another feature to push the price up. The auction will go live on Friday 28 April, with the closing date being on Friday 5 May, and for those lucky enough to be near Germany, the car will be on display at Motorworld in Munich until 26 April.
Take a look at the YouTube video from someone who's clearly a massive fan of the FnF movie franchise and this Bayside Blue R34 GT-R because he put this edited movie together and it's pretty damn cool, and most importantly it also shows off one of the coolest scenes that the car starred in: Fast & Furious 4 Race Scene HD | Danny Alcaraz
Be sure to check out our YouTube channel here for more exciting and exclusive SXdrv content! And don't forget to smash that subscribe button!