The bright green Mitsubishi Eclipse driven by Paul Walker in the opening scenes of the first of the Fast and Furious movies became an instant cult machine.
The Fast and Furious franchise became such a hit, that it spawned the mammoth movie series now on its 7th, or is it the 8th sequel, although sadly both Paul Walker and his Eclipse featured in the first film met their demise in different ways at different times.
Built at the staggering cost of £79,000 (plus vat!), it was used in the action packed ‘Fast and Furious Live Show’ as featured on BBC ‘s Top Gear Live at Earls Court. The show toured Europe for several years until financial troubles put a stop to it in late 2018.
The car started life as a 2nd gen LHD 1997 Eclipse GS 2.0 developing around 140bhp, but given the desire to replicate the movie car, much of the standard stuff was binned in favour of a massive turbo with BOV (Blow Of Valve), intercooler and big bore exhaust and is believed to develop at least 200+bhp. The bodywork and paint resemble the movie car including outlandish body-kit, huge rear wing, uprated brakes, painted callipers and big split rim wheels.
A host of bits were removed from the car post-production and are included suggesting the car has, or rather had a talent for special effects as part of the show. Instructions contained in the history file allude to what was possible when it was all connected and functional with a central control box for various tricks including air suspension, motorised wheel spinners for mock burn outs, simulated gear changes, smoke machine and engine wobble ability.
The history file includes the V5C, info about the car, instructions for use of special effects and a couple of invoices for maintenance totalling £2,000 through May and June 2018 including new brakes, cambelt service (HKS belt), hydraulic tensioner renewal, plugs, water pump, CAS and lambda sensors and drop links etc. The car does not have a current MOT as it hasn’t been used on the road but was presented in September 2019 failing on three counts, including a missing catalytic convertor and play in a ball joint.
What’s it worth? Tough to call, what a serious enthusiast is willing to pay? Evidently, to build the car into a working replica of Paul Walker’s movie car cost a staggering amount, but without the special effects it’s still a famous and cool tuner car with a great story.