Jesse’s "Fast and Furious" Volkswagen Jetta Goes Up for Auction
For many budding piston heads, 2001’s The Fast and the Furious marked the inception of their automotive fantasies. Stars like Paul Walker and Vin Diesel instantly became silver screen icons, eclipsed only by the jaw-dropping cars they shared the space with. In a rare occurrence, one such car—the 1995 Volkswagen Jetta driven by Jesse (Chad Lindberg)—has reemerged back into the spotlight, and will roll across the auction block at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson event in Scottsdale, Arizona. Listed at “no reserve,” the car will sell at the event, and if previous Fast and Furious auction results are any indication…it won’t come cheap. RELATED: Check Out Paul Walker's Toyota Supra Movie Car
Haven’t seen The Fast and the Furious in a while? Don’t worry. The Jetta enjoyed much of its screen time at the famous Race Wars event, during which Jesse drag races the tuned-up Jetta—his father’s car—against onscreen villain Johnny Tran (Rick Yune), who pilots a Honda S2000.
Paul Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, cautions Jesse to back out of the race, warning that Tran has “more than 100 grand under the hood of that car,” and indeed the Honda gets the best of the Jetta, prompting Jesse to escape with the car. Tran later retaliates and the episode ends up costing Jesse his life.
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Like most of the Fast and Furious cars from the film, Jesse’s Jetta comes adorned in now-classic side graphics, along with a bevy of Alpine, Pirelli, Sparco, and Wings West decals, among others. Under the hood lies a customized 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which surprisingly backs up to a four-speed automatic. The car also packs a custom stereo inside, as well as the requisite Playstation 2 and TV screen. This was 2001, mind you.
Interestingly, the car was purchased in the early 2000s by another big name celebrity, Frankie Muniz, then-star of Malcolm in the Middle. Muniz has owned the car since then, and has kept it in highly original shape over the years. The rear wing was even signed by Chad Lindberg, film director Rob Cohen, and the late Paul Walker.
Like it? The Fast and Furious Jetta goes under the gavel on Thursday, January 28.
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