Two of Paul Walker's Cars Sold for a Combined P92 Million at Auction
If you’re a car enthusiast, you’d want to include visiting Monterey Car Week in your bucket list. That was what Porsche guy and Filipino car nut Ken Uy did in 2019 and, this year, he came back to the Monterey Peninsula to check out the various events and activities. A definite highlight was the Mecum auction, which included two cars formerly owned and driven by the late actor Paul Walker of the “Fast and Furious” film franchise.
The 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 is one of the grail cars in the world of Porsche collectors. At Monterey Car Week, Mecum Auctions Monterey successfully auctioned off Paul Walker’s 1973 Carrera RS 2.7 finished in Code 62 Light Yellow with black accent and liveries. Sold under Lot S58, the rare and much sought-after Porsche is just one out of a mere 1,580 produced. The Carrera RS 2.7 recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Puma even created a limited edition of commemorating the occasion.
On Saturday (August 20), Mecum Monterey auction sold the car for a hammer price of $1,072,500 (roughly P60million). Aside from this car’s collectability, the added provenance of a famous Hollywood actor who was also a known motorsport and race car enthusiast who really knew how to drive sports cars hard and not just appear to look the part on the movies likely drove the price up. Because of his fame and success, Walker amassed a sizeable collection of vehicles. This car was considered the world’s fastest production car of its time, with Chassis No. 9113600901, Walker narrated how he was able to purchase it on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno in 2011.
The 911 Carrera RS 2.7 was the brainchild of Ernst Fuhrmann who was the chairman of the board of Porsche in 1972. With the racing success of the legendary Porsche 917 at that time, the car had captured the 24 Hours of Le Mans overall victories in 1970 and 1971. A lot of the technical know-how and lessons learned was passed on to the 911 and this street-legal machine was the ultimate expression of Porsche’s “Win on Sunday and Sell on Monday” mantra.
Paul Walker's Porsche Carrera 2.7 RS
First contrived in the 1950s, the RS moniker stands for “Rennsport” or race sport and was always reserved for only the most special of vehicles. The 911 RS 2.7 was homologated for use in the FIA Group 3 Grand Touring series, while 60 examples of the 911 RS 2.7 were developed specifically for FIA Group 4 competition. At first, Porsche only planned to build 500 homologated examples of the car for sale and street or track use, but the brand ended up producing 1,580 cars because of the overwhelming demand by well-heeled sports car buyers at the time.
Mecum says the odometer faithfully shows 93,774 kilometers of use of Walker’s car. It is powered by a 2.7L/210 HP flat six-cylinder engine sporting Nikasil cylinder coatings with Bosch mechanical fuel injection, and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The drivetrain and suspension were restored by Jerry Woods Enterprises of Campbell, California. Black accents on top of the yellow paint form a Porsche callout above rear bumper guards, and Carrera livery on the sides give the car a unique look. Chrome trim on the windows and chrome trim rings on the headlights give the car an air of elegance that continues to be a design element on the modern 911 GT3 with the Touring Package.
The car’s black interior was restored by Autobahn Interiors of San Diego with a pair of front Sport bucket seats fitted with black and white Pepita Houndstooth inserts. The car has the complete FIA paperwork. The sale coincides with the on-event unveil of the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS inspired from the original RS 2.7 which made this auction even more special and memorable.
Nissan Skyline GT-R
Another car driven by Paul Walker sold on the auction block last weekend was Lot number S68.1, a 2001 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R V-Spec II. The car is one of only 14 which is known to have been imported and legalized by MotoRex for use on the road in the United States before the operation was shut down. The car was registered by MotoRex as a 1999 model when it was imported and was part of only 14 cars pardoned by the U.S. Government and given bond release if made to be NHTSA/DOT compliant.
Paul Walker's Nissan R34 GT-R
Under the current NHTSA 25-year import law, this 2001 R34 Skyline GT-R will not be eligible to enter the United States until 2026, making this NHTSA/EPA-compliant example even more desirable and collectible. This car wasn’t just used by Walker as a demonstration car for promoting various Fast & Furious movies, but actually appeared in many of those movies despite his passing in 2013, including a teaser appearance of his car in Fast and Furious 9.
Sold for $577,500 (about P32million), the car clocked approximately 18,000 miles by Walker and was also featured in several BF Goodrich ads, for which it received the Black and Gold accents that it wears today. The car is a V-Spec II GT-R numbered at 672 of 1,855 produced. It comes with a Nissan RB26DETT twin turbocharged 2.6L inline six-cylinder engine and fitted with NISMO carbon air inlet pipes, Greddy radiator and intake manifold, Independent throttle bodies, Garage Defend cooling panel, Trust steel exhaust just to name a few goodies. Additional modifications were made to improve power and sharpen the handling by fitting Tein coilovers with electronically adjustable dampers, a lowered and stiffened suspension and Ray Volk Racing TE37 Saga Wheels with low-profile tires. It also comes with ATESSA all-wheel drive and HICAS all-wheel steering. The Skyline also has OEM Brembo steel brakes had a recent tune-up and work performed by Kenji Sumino at Greddy USA.
The R34 GT-R was the last of the GT-R line not to be officially sold in the U.S. There was an additional sale condition that it must be sold to an out-of-state resident or licensed dealer, and this 2001 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R V-Spec II is registered as a 1999 Nissan model.