This is an E36 BMW M3 from the mid 1990s. It has just sold at auction for US$385,000, the equivalent of around RM1.57 million.
Why the heck did it sell for so much? One, it’s an ultra-rare E36 M3 Lightweight, one of around 120 made, and with a smidge under 5,000 miles on its odometer. Two, it was owned by Paul Walker. Yeah, that’ll do it.
It sold as part of a 21-strong ‘Paul Walker Collection’ sale run by Barrett Jackson, more highlights of which you can peruse via the gallery below…
A bit more E36, first. Walker owned a frankly baffling five of these, and collectively they fetched over US$1.3million, or around RM5.29million.
Individually, they each boast 240bhp, their classic straight-six engine – unfettered by turbos – driving the rear wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox.
So, you could spend RM5mil+ on a brand-new hypercar, or buy five E36 Lightweights and stage a very loud, very skiddy one-make race series with your mates. Or drag race them until ‘Danger to Manifold’ oblivion.
It wasn’t the only M3 for sale from Walker’s collection, mind. This E30 – usually the most valuable and sought-after of the retro M3s – sold for less than any of the lightweights, though still hauled in proper money. US$165,000 (approx. RM671,402), to be precise.
You want film cars? Try this Fast Five-famous Nissan 370Z, which sold for US$105,600 (RM429,697).
Which is a smidge more than this R32 Nissan Skyline – with tasteful upgrades – went for. Sold at US$100,100 (RM407,317).
That makes this Mustang look like something of a bargain. It’s a 2013-vintage Boss 302S racecar, all stripped out and ready for the circuit, but one which is yet to race. “Purchased by a fellow racing enthusiast as a gift for Paul Walker,” the hammer went down at US$95,700 (RM389,413).
And now for something completely different: Walker’s deliciously Nineties two-tone Ford Bronco Eddie Bauer Edition, with under 33,000 miles on the clock, which sold for US$73,700 (RM299,893). Way to jump the queue for the new Bronco.
Want a cheaper Walker Collection off-roader? Try this US$16,500 (RM67,140)Toyota Tundra Access Cab, complete with three-ton towing capacity. Enough to get at least one of those E36s home from its riotous race series.
Like your German sports saloons a bit less Munich? Walker’s 2000-vintage Audi S4 fetched US$29,700 (RM120,852), despite a roof lacking a good degree of its paint. ‘Patina’, we believe it’s called.
We end on his utterly marvellous Chevy Chevelle wagon, a 1964 muscle car in the finest tradition. Of all the cars auctioned from Paul Walker’s collection, its $19,800 (RM80,568) sale strikes us as one of the biggest bargains, given that it’s cheaper than a new Chevy Cruze.