Two BMW E30 M3s and five BMW E36 M3 Lightweights belonging to Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker sold at auction recently...
One of the highlights of the recent Barrett-Jackson’s 49th Annual Scottdale Auction was a consignment of vehicles belonging to the late Hollywood actor Paul Walker. Made famous by the Fast and Furious franchise, Walker owned an impressive collection of personal vehicles, including a number of rare BMWs. No fewer than seven BMW M3s were amongst the sale lots, comprising two E30 M3s and five 1995 E36 M3 Lightweights – only 125 of these were ever produced by BMW.
The BMW E36 M3 Lightweight is a lighter, track-oriented, version of the revered BMW E36 M3, powered by the 240hp S50 3.0-litre straight-six engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Nearly all featured a more aggressive rear wing and front spoiler, along with Alpine White paint and a BMW Motorsport checkered flag livery. Though not limited to such vehicles, Walker's 19 car collection – all offered at the Barrett-Jacksons auction – demonstrated that he clearly had a penchant for German performance cars, the consignment brought in $2,279,750 in total sales.
Of the two BMW E30 M3s the 1988 example made $165,000, the 1991 car $220,000. Having covered 34,400-miles Lot number 1373.1 showed the highest mileage of the five E36 M3s – it made $220,000.00, so too Lot 1372, a 15,485-mile car. Next in the pecking order came Lot number 1372.1, the 14,283-mile M3 reaching $242,000 before the gavel fell, the 42,514- mile Lot number 1373 achieving $258,500. However, somewhat predictably it was the lowest mileage car of the bunch, Lot number 1371, the 4,600-mile E36 M3 Lightweight that was most sought-after with bidding reaching $385,000 (approximately £298,000).
Proceeds from the sale are said to be going to the benefit of Walker's daughter, Meadow.