One of the world’s most famous modern-day movie cars, the Bayside Blue 2000 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R driven by the late Paul Walker in Fast & Furious 4, was successfully SOLD an May 5th 2023 by Bonhams, for $1,357,000 – a new auction world record for a Nissan Skyline GT-R.
The principal hero car of the movie, this Skyline was the ‘one and only’ authentic R34 GT-R which appeared on screen, driven by the late Paul Walker.
Provided to Universal Film Studios in 2008, the GT-R was uniquely customised by Daryl Alison of Kaizo Industries to Paul Walker’s personal specification, which included the removal of all exterior vinyls to highlight the car’s clean lines, reflecting the actor’s wish not to drive a ‘Sticker Bomber’ and the installation of a large dashboard monitor. The specially installed OMP custom racing bucket seats remain in Paul Walker’s seating position.
In the run up to the sale, the car became a media star, garnering worldwide press coverage and international interest. The hammer finally fell in favour of a private collector who acquired the Skyline for $1,357,000 – a new auction world record price for a Nissan Skyline GT-R, more than doubling the previous record set in 2022 ($577,500).
Maarten Ten Holder, Managing Director, Bonhams Collector Cars, said: “This is an incredible result, well-deserved for such an iconic car – not only one of the most famous contemporary automotive film stars from one of the world’s biggest movie franchises, but the ultimate example of the mighty ‘Godzilla’. This is a genuine piece of cinematic and modern motoring history.
Richard Stafford, Head of Research, Bonhams Collector Cars who consigned the Skyline, said; “We were excited to have had the opportunity to offer this legendary Skyline to global car enthusiasts on behalf of its vendor and are thrilled that it has been such a box office hit, with bidding across the world.”