In 2004, Ford began production of a modern version of the most significant car in the history of American motoring. The original Ford GT40 was the result of a team up with Carroll Shelby, who had previously used Ford motors in his iconic Cobra sports cars. The GT40 was designed with one purpose in mind: beating Enzo Ferrari and his racing team at their own game.
The GT40 was successful, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966 with a 1-2-3 finish and then going on to win three more consecutive runnings of the historic race.
The new GT dropped the ’40’ in its moniker, given its actual height of 43 inches, but otherwise continued on the original car’s incredible style and performance. A mid-mounted, supercharged 5.4-liter V8 cranked out 550 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque, routing all that power to the rear wheels through a six speed manual transmission and limited slip differential. A 0-60 run took only 3.3 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 205 miles per hour (though modified GT cars have recorded speeds north of 290 mph). Given the rarity as well as the style and history of the model, the GT has to be one of the finest cars in Walker’s collection.
19.TOYOTA SUPRA SINGLE TURBO CONVERSION
The fourth generation Toyota Supra that Paul Walker owned is a modified version of one of the most impressive cars of its time. The A80 Supra debuted in 1993 with an optional twin-turbocharged 2JZ-GTE inline six engine that created up to 320 horsepower and 315 lb-ft of torque. Among the tuning crowd, the 2JZ-GTE is legendary and modified versions regularly exceed 500-600 horses with increased boost and improved air to fuel maps. A variety of Supras exist, from targa top to automatic transmissions and stick shifts, but one of the best first step mods for the car is to switch from the twin-turbo setup to a single turbo.
The single turbo conversion sacrifices the lower end grunt of the twin-turbo design but increases high-end horsepower.
And with a stick shift transmission allowing the driver to make sure the engine is revving at or near the red-line, the single turbo offers an attractive package to help combat the Supra’s relatively high weight of around 3,300 pounds when compared to its contemporary competition including Honda/Acura’s NSX and Mazda’s RX-7. Paul Walker obviously thought the conversion worthwhile, and his white Supra probably comes close to being one of the most classic Japanese domestic market style cars in his collection.
18. “ELEANOR” SHELBY GT500 RECREATION
In the Fast and Furious franchise, a wide range of movie stars drive a wide range of movie cars – some truly impressive and some that are mostly just for show. The cars themselves, while central to the films, are never the true stars of the show, or at least not as much as Eleanor is for the film Gone in 60 Seconds. In the original 1974 film, a 1971 Ford Mustang Sportsroof wearing a 1973 body kit actually received a title credit. In the more modern film, released in 2000, perhaps an even more iconic version of Eleanor figured centrally into the plot as part of Nicolas Cage’s haunted backstory.
The cars used for the film were actually a variety of reproduction Shelby GT500 clones, the grey paint job and black racing stripes paired with the Mustang’s already aggressive lines to make the car a newly minted movie star. An authenticated Eleanor used for principle and promotional photography sold for $1,000,000 at auction in 2013, a surprise given that none were true Shelbys. Paul Walker’s car is a recreation of the 2000 film’s Eleanor, complete with matching paint, stripes, wheels, and all. Though not used in filming, the car’s looks help it stand out even in an incredible collection like Walker’s.A
Eleanor isn’t the only Shelby Mustang that Paul Walker owns, he also owns a 40th anniversary special edition fastback GT350SR. The GT350SR models were produced to celebrate the iconic GT350, and feature a modern take on the original American muscle car. Chance are, Walker’s GT350SR packs a walloping aluminum 427 V8 under the hood, churning out 585 horsepower through a Tremec five speed and 9-inch locking rear differential. Though the GT350SR is a reproduction that was in fact licensed by Shelby, there are other major upgrades that allow the car to greatly outpace its predecessors.
Tubular reinforcements to the body and chassis increase rigidity, while suspension components follow the same design as the original cars but utilizing modern production metallurgy for race quality durability. Power steering, adjustable trailing arms, and even a torque arm to help the rear diff stay in place with all that power are included in the package. Custom side exhaust should burble and snort like the stallion the Mustang lineup was named after, making the inclusion of an AM/FM radio almost seem silly. Altogether, the GT350SR is a striking version of one of America’s most classic cars, built for the track crowd but equally comfortable on the streets of Hollywood.
16.SALEEN SA10 MUSTANG
Walker owns a number of Fox Body Mustangs, but the highlight of the bunch is this Saleen modified example known as an SA10. The SA10 was built to celebrate Saleen’s first 10 years of modifying Mustangs, and only nine examples were ever produced, making the SA10 one of the rarest Mustangs ever built, in any generation of the long-tenured muscle car. (Originally, 10 buyers lined up to match the number of years, but one backed out during production and was never replaced.)
The SA10 happened to coincide with the final year of Fox Body Mustangs produced in 1993, and the lucky nine buyers had to deposit a down payment and already be a member of the Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club to be considered.
They then sat down with Steve Saleen himself to figure out the exact details for their car – though all were built with a 1993 Mustang 5.0 LX hatchback as the basis. Options included supercharger packages, interior details, and more, and each car’s drivetrain and interior combination was totally unique, but it is impossible from the outside to know exactly what Paul Walker’s SA10 specifications were because the exterior of each was the only thing kept identical for all nine examples.
Though Paul Walker clearly leaned towards sports cars both new and classic for his extensive collection, he also had a couple of luxury touring cars, as well. And not many cars approach the opulent luxury of a Rolls-Royce Ghost, despite it being a (relatively) smaller Rolls model. The big sedan, with suicide rear doors, weighs in at around 5,500 pounds, but a monster twin-turbocharged V12 under the hood churns out 562 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque, allowing for a 0-60 time of 4.7 seconds.
Walker’s Ghost wears a matte blue wrap job, apparently a two step job that involved a blue under-wrap followed by a clear wrap. Matt Farrah claims in the video that the wrap job alone cost over $11,000, and gives no inkling for how much the enormous custom wheels that Walker’s Ghost rides on might have cost. Regardless, adding $11,000 or a few thousand dollars more onto the price of a Rolls-Royce Ghost seems like small potatoes given the car’s intial price tag of at least $300,000. Even if it won’t keep up on the track or in a street race with some of Walker’s other incredible sports cars, the Ghost offers a supremely comfortable way for a massive celebrity to cruise incognito.
14.FERRARI 360 CHALLENGE STRADALE
Paul Walker’s character in the Fast and Furious films takes road racing to a whole new (and often times highly illegal) level thanks to custom sports cars and wildly illogical yet fun and engaging plotlines. In the real world, sports cars can best be enjoyed on winding mountain roads where safety is in the hands of the driver, or on designated tracks racetracks open to the public. Walker’s Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale is a special track-focused version of the 360 Modena road-going car with a number of critical upgrades.
Versus the 360 Modena, the Challenge Stradale ups power by only 20 horsepower, but reduces weight and improves suspension dramatically to boost overall performance on the track. Tuned throttle response, ceramic brakes shared with the Enzo, plexiglass windows, carbon fiber mirrors and seat options, a tighter steering wheel, Resin Transfer Molding on bumpers and side skirts, and more were part of the Fiorano Handling package that the Challenge Stradale offers and shaved up to 150 pounds off the already lightweight and impressive, base-level Modena. A 0-60 run dropped to 4.1 seconds, though acceleration wasn’t as prioritized on the Challenge Stradale as much as the ability to keep speed high when cornering and during braking.A