The 2 Fast 2 Furious GT-Rs (Then and Now)
When The Fast and the Furious hit the screens as a modestly budgeted film, little did the creators or actors know that it would not only become a cultural phenomenon but also evolve into one of the most lucrative film franchises in history. In a departure from traditional film narratives, The Fast and the Furious franchise uniquely positions cars as stars alongside the actors as the stars of the film, turning these vehicles into iconic symbols within car culture.
While the franchise boasts an array of memorable cars, some of the most iconic machines gained fame in the early movies. The Dodge Charger and Toyota Supra from the first film are instantly recognizable, but not far behind is the Nissan R34 GT-R that captivated audiences in 2 Fast 2 Furious. Although the film may not have reached the same level of popularity as the first, it still garnered enough attention to elevate the value of this particular GT-R model.
In a video featuring Craig Lieberman, the Technical Director for the initial films in the franchise, he shares insights into the decision to showcase the GT-R as the star in the second movie. Lieberman also delves into the origin of the exact car used in the film, revealing that it was part of his personal collection. Additionally, he sheds light on the fate of the various GT-Rs utilized in different scenes, considering there were multiple cars involved in diverse shots.
The video provides viewers with a behind-the-scenes look at the GT-Rs featured on screen, their current whereabouts, auction results, and the potential for enthusiasts to acquire one in the future. Lieberman’s firsthand account adds a layer of authenticity to the narrative, offering fans a deeper understanding of the iconic cars that played a pivotal role in shaping the Fast and the Furious franchise.