Fast and the Furious Mitsubishi Eclipse to be sold at auction

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One of six Mitsubishi Eclipse sports cars used in the 2001 version of The Fast and the Furious movie series is up for auction this weekend.


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One of the most iconic and recognisable movie cars – a Mitsubishi Eclipse used in the 2001 version of The Fast and the Furious series – is up for auction.

One of six examples of a 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse coupe driven by fictional character Brian O’Conner – portrayed by Paul Walker – is set to cross the auction block this weekend at Mecum Auctions’ Kissimmee event in Florida, US.



The car being sold is a genuine movie car, one of six used during filming of 2001’s The Fast and the Furious.

It’s shown at the beginning of the movie in the open parking lot of Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, as Brian O’Conner practices his shifting technique for his fledgling drag racing career.

The car is sold with Cinema Vehicle Services documentation accrediting the vehicle’s authenticity and a host of modifications as seen on the car in the film.

These include a Robocar bodykit, large APR Performance rear wing, roof scoop, Sparco sports seats, carbon-fibre-look bonnet, seven-spoke alloy wheels, and Toyo Proxes tyres.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse was at the centre of the infamous “danger to manifold” technical movie error which saw a floor panel fly off mid-drag race, and it also met its untimely end by way of nitrous oxide explosion, after Johnny Tran fired bullets into the car’s engine bay. The burnt-out stunt car seen in the movie currently resides in a museum in Las Vegas.

Disappointingly, the car up for auction is equipped with an automatic transmission, as opposed to the movie star car which was equipped with a manual transmission. It also looks fairly unmodified under the bonnet, retaining the original 2.0-litre engine.



That said, its condition looks to be good and it certainly looks the part.

Will it hit Mecum Auctions’ $US75,000-$US125,000 ($AU103,000-$AU172,000) estimate? We’ll know for sure after the car crosses the auction block this weekend.

Tom started out in the automotive industry by exploiting his photographic skills but quickly learned that journalists got the better end of the deal. He began with CarAdvice in 2014, left in 2017 to join Bauer Media titles including Wheels and WhichCar and subsequently returned to CarAdvice in early 2021 during its transition to Drive. As part of the Drive content team, Tom covers automotive news, car reviews, advice, and holds a special interest in long-form feature stories. He understands that every car buyer is unique and has varying requirements when it comes to buying a new car, but equally, there’s also a loyal subset of Drive audience that loves entertaining enthusiast content. Tom holds a deep respect for all things automotive no matter the model, priding himself on noticing the subtle things that make each car tick. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t learn something new in an everchanging industry, which is then imparted to the Drive reader base.

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