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6. 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona

The original 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, with its long nose and exaggeratedly high rear wing, is not really the best choice for a racing car in action movie, also taking into account its six-figure price. The movie car coordinator Dennis McCarthy, however, accepted the challenge and altered the Daytona, giving it a shorter nose, lower rear wing, placing it over a set of custom-made 18-inch wheels that wore 275/40R18 and 315/40R18 Nitto tires.

To facilitate the construction of the film cars, as well as the servicing and availability of spares, Dennis McCarthy standardized some of the mechanical pieces used in the vehicles. GM's 6.2-liter LS3 V8 rated at 430 horsepower is the engine that powers a few other ‘Fast & Furious’ vehicles apart from Toretto’s Daytona. Also, most of the Daytonas are equipped with a 400 three-speed automatic transmission and the power leads to a Ford 9-inch solid-axle rear end. Also, each Daytona received customized gear ratios, so that they would be in accordance with the different stunts they had to perform. To own a Daytona, you have to invest minimum 125 000$, as that’s only the initial bid.

7. Mitsubishi Eclipse

The Eclipse took a central role in the film, with Paul Walker behind the wheel right at the opening of the film in its first race scene. It’s a car that holds a prominent place in the Hollywood and automotive history, which makes it very easy to recognize. Right now there are 4 cars that were build specifically for the role and managed to survive. Number 1 is, of course, the hero that costs more than $130,000. Car number 2 is the so-called interior car, which was used only for the interior shots and has no wheels, engine, etc. Number 3 and 4 are the cars used for light stunts. Thankfully, the cars were only lightly damaged during filming, so they appeared as background cars in ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’. Later they were sold to Volo Auto Museum, which after restoring the cars sold them to their most devoted fans.

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