Fame and Tragedy can contribute to the price of a used car, if a prior owner is either famous of deceased (or both) then a fairly normal car can escalate in price due to the famous connection. The late Steve McQueen was an example of this with two of his prior owned cars in the form of his 1970 Porsche 911 and his 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 both selling for larger sums at auction due to their famous late owner.
I did read a while back that Paul Walker’s Toyota Supra from “The Fast and the Furious” going to be auctioned. This is the Supra that Walker’s character ‘Brian O’Connor’ drove in the film’s drag racing railway crossing madness.
The estimate for the car, which was listed by Mecum Auctions, was set at $150,000 to $200,000. This famous car did in the end sell for $185,000.
This Supra boasts a 3.0-liter straight six producting 220 horsepower. Modifications include a roll cage, stunt suspension and two bottles of nitrous that don’t work and are just for show. Here clearly the price was inflated due to the combination of fame, nostalgia and tragedy.
Frankly it’s difficult to imagine the car selling for this money if Walker hadn’t met his tragic end in November 2013.
Lets hope the new owner drives the car on a regular basis and shows it off so people can see it and remember both the F&F films and the late Paul Walker.