Paul Walker’s Iconic R34 Skyline GT-R fetches $1.357 Million at Auction
The late actor Paul Walker had a passion for cars and racing. One of his most iconic vehicles, the 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34, was recently sold at an auction by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona, for a staggering $1.357 million. The car’s high price is a testament to its rarity, unique features, and connection to the late actor.
The History of Paul Walker’s R34 Skyline GT-R
Paul Walker became well-known for his role in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, in which he played the character Brian O’Conner. In the movies, O’Conner drove a 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX, a 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34, and a 2001 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34.
The R34 Skyline GT-R was one of the most desirable cars among car enthusiasts and was not available for sale in the United States when it was originally released. However, it could be imported through the “Show or Display” exemption, which allowed a limited number of these cars to be legally registered for road use.
Walker purchased the R34 in 2009 and owned it until his untimely death in 2013. The car was then sold to the current owner, who kept it in pristine condition and added some upgrades.
The Features that Make it Unique
The R34 Skyline GT-R is a highly sought-after car, but the one owned by Paul Walker was particularly special. It features a number of upgrades and modifications that make it unique, such as the Nismo Z-tune upgrades, custom Brembo brakes, and TEIN coilover suspension. Additionally, the car has only around 7,500 miles on the odometer, making it exceptionally rare and desirable.
The Auction and the Record-Breaking Sale Price
The car was sold at Barrett-Jackson’s annual Scottsdale auction, which attracts car collectors and enthusiasts from all over the world. The R34 Skyline GT-R was one of the most highly anticipated cars at the auction, due to Paul Walker’s connection to the vehicle and its rarity.
When the bidding began, the auctioneer announced that the reserve price had been met, meaning that the current bid was high enough to ensure the car would be sold. The bidding continued for several minutes, with the price quickly surpassing the previous record for a Skyline GT-R.
In the end, the car sold for an incredible $1.357 million, setting a new record for the highest price paid for a Skyline GT-R. The buyer, whose identity has not been revealed, will undoubtedly treasure this unique and historic vehicle.
Paul Walker’s R34 Skyline GT-R is more than just a car – it is a symbol of his passion for cars and racing, and a testament to his enduring legacy. The car’s record-breaking sale price is a fitting tribute to both Walker and the beauty and rarity of the R34 Skyline GT-R. Car enthusiasts and fans of the “Fast and Furious” franchise will undoubtedly continue to treasure this iconic vehicle for years to come.
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