I don’t know about you, but when Dom Toretto said, “Ask any racer. Any real racer. It doesn’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning’s winning.” I couldn’t wait to hop in my car and hit the drag strip. We’ve all seen The Fast and The Furious, fallen in love with Brian O’ Conner, Dom Toretto, Letty Ortiz, and their hopped-up street machines.
With a budget of $38 million, the original The Fast and The Furious had plenty of moolah to spend on cars. $2 million bucks to be exact! From modded Supras and R/T Chargers to flashy F355’s, they definitely spent some cash. I mean, Toretto’s Charger had a blower sticking two feet out of the hood!
How much do you think these movie cars sold for? And how much could you buy a similar one for? We’ve got your answer, and, hint, hint, it’s a lot of money. Let’s get into the price of each car in the original The Fast and The Furious!
Brian’s 1995 Eclipse GS
Brian O’Conner drove a few sweet rides, but most notably a 1995 Eclipse and 1994 Mark IV Supra. But don’t let the terrible 90’s decals fool you! Neither is stock, or cheap. Let’s start at the beginning, that neon green DSM! It’s a green, mean, winning machine!
Well, actually it mostly just spun and lost races in the movie, but it’s still an icon! Arguably the most famous Eclipse in the world, O’Conner’s GS sold to a museum for over $130,000. Seems like they weren’t too worried about the endangered manifold!
It was full of aftermarket modifications, a full body kit, aftermarket wheels, Sparco racing seats, and much, much more! The car used in the film was a GS, so it’s powered by the underpowered 420A that they then turbocharged. Which, if you’re wanting to build your own ten-second DSM, is the wrong way to go. When you’re doing your shopping you, want the GST model, which is powered by the legendary 4G63T. Which, if you don’t know, can be built to insane levels.
If you want to live out your own DSM drag race fantasy, get something like the 1999 GST we found for just $3,000! These front-wheel drive four-pots are a blast to drive, it’s no wonder Brian O’Conner had one.
But the Mitsu wasn’t the only Japanese racer in his garage, O’Conner also had a Supra.
Brian’s 1994 Mark IV Supra
Before the Fast and Furious hit the States, the Toyota Supra lived on the fringes of society. But, after O’Conner’s bright orange A80 slayed the street scene, it became a household staple, posted on bedroom walls from coast to coast, and fetching insane prices on the auction block.
The Supra is famous for one thing, 2JZ-GTE. The 3-liter 2JZ produces 320 horsepower and 315 pound-feet of torque. It also rockets to 60 miles per hour in a perfectly respectable 5.4 seconds. However, build the bottom end, swap the tiny snails out for a dachshund-sized turbine, give it proper fueling and you’ll never be in the rearview mirror again.
Brian’s Supra actually had a few performance upgrades underneath the hood, including a stroker crankshaft, upgraded T-66 turbo, and billet aluminum flywheel. When sold as a package, O’Conners Mark IV Supra went for a whopping $185,000! More than I can afford, pal!
Luckily, If you want a stock Mark IV, it won’t cost you your life savings. You can find them in the ballpark of $50,000 to $80,000, but of course, with a Supra there will always be price outliers. We found a beauty of a Mark IV for just about 70,000.
And we can’t talk Supra without talking it’s rival in the final scene. There’s no replacement for displacement, and if you asked me, Toretto’s R/T Charger is the most badass looking car in the whole movie, period.
Toretto’s 1970 Charger R/T
Looking at Dom’s R/T, I can’t help but wonder two things: how much does it cost, and what’s the miles per gallon? Probably horrible, considering it made 900 horsepower from a blown nitrous V8. That number, however, is just for on-screen purposes. Off-screen, Dom’s Charger is a 430-horsepower naturally-aspirated V8 with an automatic transmission. Wait, what?
I couldn’t believe it either, the Roots-style supercharger was fake, see for yourself. Regardless, in 2010 the Volo Auto Museum sold this 1970 R/T Charger for $130,000, which may sound like a lot, but it’s kind of a steal since it was appraised at $200,000.
Now, most of us wouldn’t dream of spending over $100,000 on a Dodge, and thankfully, we don’t have to. Most 1970 R/T Chargers cost around $70,000, still not cheap, but they are some of the meanest looking muscle cars ever made.
Now, what does your next door neighbor and Jesse from The Fast and The Furious have in common? That’s easy, a ‘95 Volkswagen Jetta!
Jesse’s 1995 Jetta
I’ve always wondered, what was Jesse thinking when he decided to race Tran’s S2000 for pink slips? A stock Jetta is cheap, not fast! It did have a West Wing widebody kit, 7-spoke Konigs, and Eibach coilovers. Producing 115 horsepower from a 2-liter, it took a small miracle to reach 60 in under 9 seconds. So, besides its movie credentials, Jesse’s Jetta itself isn’t really that unique.
But, still! In 2016, Actor Frankie Muniz sold the car at auction for $42,000, that’s insane! Especially considering that you can own this cute little racer for just $2,500! It’s a huge price appreciation for “The People’s Car”, but hey, I guess it’s the price you’ve got to pay to be a star.
Our next car was only in a few scenes, but Letty’s ‘97 240SX still took a small chunk out of the budget.
Letty’s 1997 240SX
With a KA24 engine, bright magenta paint, and big wang gang membership, Letty’s 240SX wasn’t subtle. But, as we all know, totally affordable. I mean, at my high school, tons of dudes were driving wannabe drift car 240’s!
Now, how much was the actual movie car worth? Funny that you asked, the Nissan was actually just a rental for the movie. It was returned to its owner and hasn’t been heard of since. So, we’re assuming that it would be worth about the same as an average 1997 240SX. And that’s between $7,000 and $10,000 these days, and climbing higher and higher as time goes on! So, maybe now is the time to buy one while you can still afford them!
Even without pistons, our next car is one of the most temperamental and unreliable vehicles ever built. But, it’s impossible not to admire Toretto’s 1993 Mazda RX-7.
Toretto’s 1993 RX-7
If the FD RX-7 didn’t cost two arms and a leg to maintain then I would definitely have one in my garage! Toretto’s 1993 RX-7 looks incredible sliding around, racing, and evading police! I remember thinking, I’ve got to get myself one of those.
His RX-7 reportedly made 330 wheel horsepower at 15 PSI. Before filming, the rotary was freshly rebuilt, ported, and twin-turbo’d. A Veilside bodykit was also installed, and one of my favorite Fast and Furious cars was born. The sound alone from the rotary engine is priceless, it sounds like a mixture of angels singing and Formula 1 engines. So, why did Fast and Furious make it sound so bad? Who knows.
Today, the stylish FD RX-7 costs at least $30,000. But, if you want a perfectly stock or heavily-modified example, better empty your bank account.
Time to ditch the fancy turbos and Dorito-shaped rotors, because our next cars got VTEC. Well, technically. That’s right, it’s Tran’s AP1 S2000!
Tran’s 2000 S2000
In the movie, Tran’s SR20-swapped Honda S2000 destroyed Jesse’s Jetta! I mean, O’Conner said there was “at least $100,000 worth of upgrades under its hood”, but how much of that was Hollywood? Well, for starters, the movie car didn’t actually have an SR20. Maybe that’s why they say you should never meet your heroes.
Tran’s S2000 was actually powered by its traditional 2-liter, but with a spicy twist: nitrous oxide, and a Comptech Novi Supercharger. Reportedly it made 295 horsepower, and could accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.4 seconds.
So, what would you say it costs? This car now sits at the Petersen Automotive Museum, but whether it was sold or donated is unknown. The average sale price of an AP1 Honda is between $12,000 and $16,000, probably another $15,000 to $20,000 in upgrades and body work, and boom, you’ve got Tran’s S2000.
This next car was actually supposed to be O’Conner’s car, but finding duplicate cars was both too costly and difficult. Instead, Leon got the pleasure of driving the R33 GT-R.
Leon’s 1995 Skyline R33 GT-R
I’ve definitely never seen a yellow Skyline in person, maybe that makes it super expensive. Probably not, but as well all know, Godzilla ain’t cheap! Leon’s GT-R has all the usual party tricks, twin-turbo RB26, all-wheel drive, gorgeous looks.
You can catch “Big Bird” cruising with the gang in the beginning of the movie and again as a lookout during the quarter-mile street races. With 276 brake horsepower and a 0 to 60 time of 5.2 seconds, Leon’s R33 GT-R definitely deserved more of a shot in the limelight.
Now, you won’t actually be in the Fast and Furious, but you can own an R33 GT-R. The price for this iconic car is climbing as we speak, be prepared to spend anywhere from $25,000 to $45,000! But, it’s a small price to pay after you’ve unlocked the full power of the RB26! I’m talking serious power, baby!
Now, close your eyes and keep that image of Leon’s R33 GT-R in your head because, if you open them, you’ll see Vince’s 1999 Maxima. Sheesh!
Vince’s 1999 Maxima
This Nissan Maxima has been taken to the point of no return, and then Spartan kicked off. I mean, it had a reverse-hinged hood and a shark with lasers coming out of its eyes, so I guess that’s pretty neat. The producers should have put their money under the hood instead of on top of it!
Its 3.0-liter V6 makes only 190 horses, and that means 0 to 60 in a not-so-cool 7 seconds. Thankfully, we didn’t have to see that in the movie. Now, Vince’s Maxima was also a movie rental. So, how little was actually paid for the car’s usage in the film, I don’t know.
But getting yourself into the driver’s seat of this not-that-sweet car? Well, it’s more than you think. We found a clean 1999 Maxima with high miles for sale, but it was $4,500!
I never said it was pretty, or fast. Our next car, however, has more than twice the horsepower, another two pistons, and Toretto behind the wheel. If you didn’t stick around after the credits, you may have missed this car. Behold the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.
Toretto’s 1970 Chevelle SS
There are some things that you just don’t mess with, and muscle is one of them. No cheesy 90’s decals on this bad boy! Painted red with black stripes, Toretto’s Chevelle SS had a gargantuan 7.4-liter LS6 V8 producing 450 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. This thing packed nearly as much muscle on as Vin Diesel!
I just can’t get enough of the Chevelle SS sound. Beware, though, that loud pedal takes you to 60 miles per hour in 5 tire-shredding seconds! Dom’s Chevelle had headers, coilovers, and Wilwood racing brakes, among other upgrades. It must be a dream to drive!
This car went up for auction in 2015, but no further details were found. If you are in the market, however, you know that these baddies don’t come cheap. Decent examples range from $60,000 to $80,000. But, for that money, just look at what you get!
Can’t handle the Chevelle SS displacement? Well, a 1994 Acura Integra has exactly half the cylinders for much less money!
Mia and Edwin’s 1994 Integra
Mia and Edwin both drove a 1994 Integras in the original Fast and Furious. Mia’s was blue and, apart from decals and rims, was stock. Edwin’s, however, was a GS-R. Sounds fast, but it only made 170 horsepower, and getting to highway speeds takes at least 7.2 seconds. He also had a bodykit, aftermarket cams, and bright yellow hoses under its hood.
That doesn’t seem too expensive to recreate, but in 2014, Edwin’s Integra sold for almost $50,000. What! We found an Integra for only $2,200! It’s not a GS-R like Edwin’s, but hey, it’s $47,500 cheaper!
Alright, it’s been too long since our last V8! Only captured in a few scenes, Brian’s 360-horsepower Ford SVT Lightning.
Brian’s 1999 F-150 SVT Lightning
Originally, the SVT Lightning was supposed to play a larger role in the movie. With bright red paint, side exit exhausts, and a top speed of 147 miles per hour, the SVT Lightning was definitely worthy.
But what’s it cost? On average, you can find an SVT Lightning from $10,000 to $20,000. We found a Lightning for $17,000, and it had some cool rims. Pro tip: 1999 and 2000 models made 20 horsepower less than 2001 to 2004 models, so if speed is your goal, purchase a later model. With its 5.4-liter Triton V8, this truck can do some of the smokiest burnouts, but of course, it’s no fuel sipper.
Now, for those who want to save a few bucks at the pump, up next is the four Civics.
The Four EJ’s
We all know that early-90’s Hondas are incredibly affordable and reliable. A recipe so good, Fast and Furious bought four. Hector drove a 1992 Civic Hatchback in a few scenes, and the other three EJ1’s were famously used to hijack a tractor trailer.
The three EJ1’s each came with a 1.8-liter Spoon engines making a little more power than stock, but still, far from quick. As usual, the Civics are decked out with spoilers, rims, and bodykits. But let’s be honest, a lot of Civics nowadays have been given the Fast and Furious treatment, so the movie cars aren’t considered rare or particularly unique.
Buying an EJ is cheap and easy, the price on average is $500 to $2,000, but 1992 hatchbacks go for about $500 bucks more. So, I would assume about $5,000 buys all four. No wonder the “producers basically viewed these cars as disposable.”
I doubt they said the same about our next car. It’s bold, bright, and beautiful, the Ferrari F355 Spider couldn’t beat O’Conner’s Supra in a drag race. But, is this Italian stallion really “more than you can afford”?
Stranger’s 1995 F355 Spider
Maybe back in 2001, but today F355’s are selling like Maybachs, or like 50% off! It has the highest MSRP of any car in the movie at $137,000! Not too much is known about the current whereabouts of the movie car, but we do know that it was stock.
So, other than getting dusted on screen by a Toyota, it’s really not that special. That said, the average price of a 1995 F355 Spider today is around $70,000. It’s expensive, but that screaming 3.5-liter V8 producing 375 prancing horses is a blessing for both the driver and anyone in earshot. A stock F355 reaches 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds and 100 miles per hour in 13.3 seconds.
That’s pretty quick, just pray you don’t roll up next to a Supra at a red light!
Now, time for the grand total! If you bought every car in the cast, it would cost you $393,979. Throw in the prices of the actual movie cars, and that total becomes $643,979! It’s crazy to think that this is less than half of their automotive budget. Which one was your favorite?