Fast, Furious and Frugal: The Cheapest Cars From the Film Franchise

The Fast & Furious franchise brought mainstream attention to the worlds of tuning and street racing. The cars featured in these movies have been cemented into the cultural zeitgeist. Idolized as they are, some of them are surprisingly affordable. These options are some of the cheapest to make an appearance.

Four cars prepare for a Fast & Furious Live performance
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Several Honda Civics have appeared in Fast & Furious films. Brian O’Conner famously drove the 1992 Honda Civic. Dom, Letty, and Lenny took turns behind the wheel of an EJ-1 coupe Civic. Danny drove a 1993 Civic coupe on screen as well.

In 1992 a Honda Civic hatchback cost just under $14,000. In today’s market, buyers can expect to pay less than half of that price. The modifications made in the movies add significant expense, but this car is still accessible.

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Two Fast & Furious films have featured the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, affectionately known as the EVO. In 2 Fast, 2 Furious, Brian drove a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII. A 2006 version was used in The Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift.

This car retailed for about $16,000 new. Both EVOs featured in the franchise have been discontinued. Examples with as few as 50,000 miles can be found for less than $9,000. Communities of EVO devotees are a great resource to find decent used models.

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The green minivan made famous by Lil Bow Wow in Tokyo Drift was the product of a Volkswagen Golf chassis and a Touran body. The Touran is a multi-use vehicle sold in Europe. It’s one of the most popular vehicles in its segment.

Buyers can find used models online for around $6,000. Import fees will apply to buyers outside of the European market. This car is still one of the most versatile and practical features in the Fast & Furious‘ franchise.

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The 1987 Buick Grand National was briefly driven by Dom during a harrowing scene in set in the Dominican Republic. The car doesn’t get much screen time but it is one of the most affordable models in the series.

In 1987 the Grand National retailed for around $30,000. Many used models can be found for around 40% of that price. Restored and upgraded models still fetch a high price among collectors but diamonds in the rough are out there for diligent shippers.

The forgotten Nissan of the franchise

A 1999 Nissan Maxima ferried Vince and Dom to a trove of Civics. This Nissan got less screen time than its sibling but it’s still one of the least expensive Fast & Furious cars. In 1999 this car set buyers back about $21,500. It’s worth considerably less today.

Modifying this car to resemble the Fast & Furious version is easier than some. Aftermarket parts for Nissans are easy to find and inexpensive.

The cars from the Fast & Furious films may be famous, but that doesn’t mean they’re out of reach for all but an elite few. These inexpensive options can provide an entry point to the tuning community. They also make great project cars for fans of the franchise.

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