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Paul Walker’s 1995 BMW M3 Lightweight Sells for Record Price

The new mark for the model came as part of the $2,279,750 sale of the "Fast & Furious" actor’s collection.

Just a week after the famed 1968 Ford Mustang GT fastback featured in the Steve McQueen flick Bullitt sold for a hefty $3.7 million, Fast & Furious star Paul Walker's 1995 BMW M3 Lightweight set a new world-record sales price at auction for the model, at a massive $385,000. The car sold as part of a 19-vehicle collection from the late actor's estate that was auctioned at the 2020 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction. The entire cadre of vehicles, some of which we recently drove, collectively brought in $2,279,750.

Walker rocketed to fame with his performances in the Fast & Furious movie franchise, which was themed on the illegal street-racing scene. Walker was a car enthusiast even outside his role as Brian O'Conner, amassing an impressive collection of cars, trucks, and motorcycles, some of which were reportedly purchased as investments. The proceeds are said to benefit Walker's daughter, Meadow Walker.

The stars of the sale were arguably Walker's collection of rare 1995 BMW M3 Lightweights, special versions of the E36-generation M3 that weigh some 200 pounds less than standard versions. A special rear wing, adjustable front lip spoiler, dual-pickup oil pan, BMW Motorsports wheels, checkered-flag graphics, and other changes. Just 126 Lightweight spec cars were built for the U.S. market and Walker owned five in total. An example with just 4,600 miles from new led the charge, reaching an incredible $385,000 after buyer's premium. The other four Lightweights sold for between $220,000 and $258,500 with more miles on their odometers.

Other notable results included two E30-series M3s, a 7,700-mile 1991 and 32,000-mile 1988 which sold for $220,000 and $165,000, respectively. Both prices may be records for standard variants of the model, though later Evolution-spec cars may have achieved similar results in the past. A modified 2009 Nissan 370Z featured in the Fast Five movie and which served as a show car for Walker's Aways Evolving automotive tuning firm brought $105,600, while the actor's JDM 1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R project car earned $100,100.

Here's how much the Paul Walker Collection of collector cars sold for at the 2020 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale sale:

  • 2008 Suzuki DR-Z400SM $3,850
  • 2000 Audi S4 $29,700
  • 2006 Toyota Tundra $16,500
  • 2003 Ford F250 $19,800
  • 1963 Chevrolet Nova Wagon $18,700
  • 2011 BMW F800GS $11,000
  • 2005 Harley-Davidson Custom $34,100
  • 2009 Nissan 370Z "Fast Five" $105,600
  • 1989 Nissan Skyline R32 $100,100
  • 1995 Ford Bronco $73,700
  • 1967 Chevrolet Nova Custom $60,500
  • 1995 BMW M3 Lightweight $385,000
  • 1991 BMW M3 $220,000
  • 1995 BMW M3 Lightweight $220,000
  • 1995 BMW M3 Lightweight $242,000
  • 1995 BMW M3 Lightweight $258,500
  • 1995 BMW M3 Lightweight $220,000
  • 1988 BMW M3 $165,000
  • 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302S $95,700