Ever wonder how much cash they threw on all those sweet toys in Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift? How much would it cost you to own them? Well, we’re going to tell you!
By the end of this article, you’re going to know exactly how much every car from the movie costs on the market today, from Sean’s bad ass domestics to Han’s Veilside RX-7. We’re about to drift a whole lot of info into your brain!
So, here you go. The cost of every car from Tokyo Drift! And when we add them all up at the end… it’s a staggering number!
Sean’s 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback
Even though this movie takes place in Japan, and largely features some stunning Japanese joyriders, our friends at Fast & Furious still found a way to squeeze in some good old Americana. Remember that car that Sean Boswell uses to race Takashi down the mountain? The one that he and his friends restored in the days leading up to the race? That badass macho machine was a 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback. And I have to say, this might be my favorite car in the whole film.
This thing is set up in that classic 2-door fastback sportsroof style with those beautiful white racing stripes that’re simply dripping with style. And under the hood, this car’s got some sweet specs as well. They transplanted a 2.6-liter twin-turbo Nissan Skyline GT-R engine into this ‘Stang that can spew out 375 ponies.
And it should make you happy to know that this car is alive and well. In fact, all of the six different Mustangs that they used to film Tokyo Drift survived filming. Tracking where these cars are and how much they’ve sold for is tough, but a V8-powered stunt car was sold for $180,000!
If you want to own one yourself, bring about $40,000 or well into the six figures for pristine examples. Also bring a huge amount of money if you plan on swapping in an RB26, that’s not easy! At any rate, Universal buying 6 of these, it’s easy to assume they spent $250,000 in Mustangs alone.
Sean’s 1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
The Mustang Fastback isn’t the only classic pony car that you see Sean Boswell driving in the movie, he’s also seen in a sweet-ass cream 1971 Chevy Monte Carlo. Unfortunately, the scene it’s featured in involves this beauty taking a baseball to its rear window, but at least it gets its redemption when it beats out Clay’s Dodge Viper in that race that rips apart a house and busts up a construction site.
They actually had 9 stunt cars just for this scene, because, if you remember, it ends with the Monte Carlo doing several flips and getting completely totalled. What a bummer, especially when you look at the specs this thing is rockin’. It’s got a 632ci big block under the hood linked up to a T-10 4-speed transmission. It’s also got a fiberglass cowl hood and some sick 15-inch wheels to roll on.
These cars, without all the awesome mods you see in the movie, usually go for between $15,000 and $25,000 on the secondhand market. Not bad for that kind of style. Buying 9 of them for Tokyo Drift? Yeah the producers shelled out near $150,000 in Monte Carlos.
Sean’s Nissan Silvia S15 Spec-R
This is the first car Sean gets his hands on in Japan, given to him at an underground drift meet as a test of his skills… a test he ultimately fails. In terms of cars that we see in this film, the Silvia Spec-R is probably not the most impressive, or at least it seems like the boys at Universal Studios didn’t put a whole lot of time into it. There are relatively few mods to the base model, which is probably a smart decision since they essentially destroy the car in that scene.
In Japan, the S15 usually sells somewhere in the range of $10,000 to $20,000, but if you’re living in the US… you’re not really allowed to have one. That’s right, this car violates the 25-year import rule for cars in the US, which states that you can’t buy a car that wasn’t originally sold in the US and isn’t over 25 years old.
I’m not a politician, but it seems pretty silly that the government would restrict what cars you can and cannot buy. Oh well, if you really want a Silvia, you might have to take your talents to Tokyo… or Canada.
Nissan Skyline GT-R R33
In perhaps the most macho movie scene in history, Sean and Han are driving in a Mazda RX-7, which we’ll get to later. When Sean asks what the point of drifting is, in an amazing display of finesse and just straight-up skills, Han pulls a 360-degree drift around an idling car and impresses the ladies inside, even picking up one of their phone numbers.
But if you have an eye for detail, you should also have noticed that sweet Nissan Skyline GT-R R33 that the girls were riding in. Even when it’s getting upstaged by a Mazda doing a dazzling drift, this Skyline still has style.
Although the car was kept pretty much unmodified, you have to admit that silver paint with the blue accent looks oh-so good. And they also sat it up on some 19-inch Volk racing wheels.
Here in the states, you can get an R33 GT-R if you’ve got around $50,000 in your pocket, but for that price, I might just go for the much more fun R32.
Neela’s Mazda RX-8
It’s hard to forget that light blue bullet, the Mazda RX-8 hooked up with a Veilside Bodykit that Neela drifts on the side of a freaking mountain. I mean, I like a good drift as much as the next guy, but never will you see me trying one on a mountain. No thanks.
Anyway, that icy blue RX-8 was souped up Renesis 1.3-liter 13B rotary with a GReddy turbo kit and engine management system. Neela’s RX-8 also breathed through a Tanabe exhaust system, meaning you can expect a lot more power out of this than the factory 228, which when you look at some of the other cars in this film isn’t that impressive, but it’s also in like one scene.
Han’s 1997 Mazda RX-7
Han is undoubtedly one of the most badass characters in Tokyo Drift, so it’s only right that he should be ripping around Tokyo in a stylish ride like a 1997 Mazda RX-7. While the stock-body RX-7 certainly has some style of its own, this car was unique in that it wasn’t just some tarted-up stock car with a body kit like most movie cars. This was an authentic Veilside Fortune RX-7!
Rocking a $17,000 widebody kit from Veilside that adds a whole foot of width to the car, an HKS T04Z Turbo kit, HKS intercooler, and Apexi engine management pushing this triangle-powered beast up to between 300 and 400 horsepower. It also had Veilside exhaust and wheels, and numerous interior and suspension upgrades.
The hero car Han drove was legit. They also built 9 more picture cars to support the stunt work, meaning Universal spent $150,000 in bodykits alone. Now those 9 cars didn’t have any engine mods, and struggled to even do a donut with the 19-inch wheels, but at least they looked good! Right?
Sadly, only two survived, and they were shipped back to Japan. Want one of your own? A normal used 1997 RX-7 usually costs somewhere in the neighborhood of $20,000. Craig Lieberman estimates modifying an FD to this level would cost you another $60,000. So, driving the Drift Kings FD will cost you at least 80 thousand bucks!
Sean’s 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
After Sean totals Han’s Nissan Silvia during his race against Takashi, he gets hooked up with a brand spankin new Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX. Which is ridiculous. I’ve crashed a car and all I got was a repair bill.
Equipped with these sick new wheels, Sean becomes a certified drift demon and starts winning every drift race that he enters. But since this is a Fast & Furious movie, obviously this Lancer can’t just be a stock model. Nope, Universal reached out to Formula Drift star Rhys Millen to set this rally car up for sliding on the streets of… California. Yeah surprise, the movie wasn’t all filmed in Japan.
Anyway, Rhys and his team detached the front driveshafts so this car could transform into a rear-wheel drift machine, they also outfitted it with an APR body kit and rear race wing and some 19-inch rims wrapped in Toyo Proxes tires.
The 2006 model of the Lancer Evo IX typically sells on the secondhand market for between $20,000 and $25,000, obviously without all those sick mods they added on for the film. Seeing as how lightly modified the actual movie car was though, it might not be too expensive to replicate it!
Reiko’s Volkswagen Golf R32
You see, this car was filmed for the movie, but the scene it was in was deleted. Thankfully. It’s just awful. But we thought it was worth mentioning because it’s pretty weird. This is no ordinary Golf.
What makes this VW special is it’s got doors that go up like a Lamborghini. and has been converted to rear-wheel drive so it could drift for that awful, awful scene.
Want one for yourself? These cars usually sell for between $8,000 and $15,000 with the base trim, but adding lambo doors will set you back a few grand… and cost you your dignity.
Takashi’s Nissan Fairlady Z33
Anyway, the dainty name of this ride is pretty ironic when you consider that it’s probably the most powerful car that appears in Tokyo Drift. Packing a 3.5-liter 24-valve V6 with stainless headers and turbo exhaust, it spits out 460 horsepower. That’s not a lady you want to mess around with. Oh yeah, and when you kick in that Nitrous Oxide system, you’re talking ridiculous levels of speed.
This car also got a Veilside body kit with a carbon fiber hood and rear wing. And this kind of power’s got to get a badass paint job! They draped this girl in House of Kolor black paint with Ghostlight graphics so it could look even more ominous drifting around the curves.
The movie car went for sale for around $130,000 a few years ago. Luckily for you, a base model 350Z isn’t a particularly expensive car at around $5,000-$6,000. And how you modify it from there is up to you!
Dom’s Plymouth Road Runner
Stick around after the credits in the movie and you get treated to this ‘Merican muscle: a 1970 Plymouth Road Runner that Dom won from Han a few years back. This classic pony mobile is draped in a grey paint job and some black-as-night wheels.
You may recognize this model because it also appears in several other Fast & Furious movies, unfortunately, most of them were destroyed in the making. But not the one from Tokyo Drift! That bad boy survived and is still kickin’ to this day. It even sold on Barrett Jackson for $187,000!
It’s clear why they picked such a muscley car for such a muscley dude, and if you want get swole like Vin Diesel, you’re going to be ponying up around $40,000 for a Road Runner.
Which, is a wise investment… because if you’ve seen our other video “Buy a Cheap Muscle Car!”, you know that classics like the Road Runner often actually appreciate in value.
If you were to add up the value of all the cars we just talked about that were used in the movie, you’d be looking at roughly $1,072,000 to buy all of them!