The Nissan Skyline GT-R is especially popular when it comes to the R34 generation. So it doesn’t surprise us that a nice copy is being paid for an impressive amount at auction. But we didn’t expect it to go that high.
Well, maybe… because this Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 is painted in the iconic Bayside Blue and has its famous owner, actor Paul Walker. So The price of the hammer is 1.3 million euros.
Paul Walker died in a crash in 2013
Walker is best known for the Fast and Furious movie series, in which he starred alongside Vin Diesel. He died in 2013 in a single car accident with a Porsche Carrera GT. Walker was in the passenger seat. driving friend.
Ten films in the Fast and Furious series have now been released, and one more is in the pipeline. Walker starred in the first seven, and the seventh came out two years after his death.
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Japanese sports cars became very popular due in part to the Fast and Furious movies. Cars like the Honda NSX, Mazda RX-7, and Nissan Skyline GT-R. The latter in particular has a legendary reputation, as evidenced by his nickname Godzilla.
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The R34 is powered by a popular engine, the Nissan RB26, a 2.6-liter twin-turbo inline-six that produces around 280 hp in standard form, but is easily tunable.
When introduced in 1999, the Skyline GT-R R34 was a technological powerhouse tourer, with an information display on the dashboard, which displayed all sorts of information, such as intake and exhaust temperatures, turbo pressures, g-forces, and lap times.
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The GT-R has a six-speed manual transmission, all-wheel drive, and a limited-slip differential. In standard form, it has a top speed of 250 km / h.
No more than 280 hp after modifications
This version is no longer standard. It was adapted to Paul Walker’s personal wishes and can be seen in the fourth Fast and Furious movie of 2009.
All but this one of the Skyline GT-Rs in Fast and Furious 4 were converted from the Skyline GT-T. So without the turbo and rear wheel drive to make drifting easier for the cam.
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The R34 was meticulously handled, because Walker wanted a full list of modifications. For example, the RB26 no longer makes 280 horsepower, but 550, thanks to higher turbo compression, a revised intercooler, and a better exhaust system.
Seized by US Customs
After filming the fourth Fast and Furious movie, the car was seized by US Customs. The United States imposes restrictions on the import of cars. Only when foreign models are 25 years old or older can they be imported.
The filmmakers thought they had found a loophole and imported the engineless Skyline as an MPV. The car was only released by the authorities after lengthy legal procedures. He has been in Germany ever since.
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