Arizona Auction Week 2020, Lightweight

Paul Walker ‘Lightweights’ collection sells for $1,205,000 at Barrett-Jackson | Journal

Paul Walker lightweight on Barrett-Jackson block hammer price at $350,000 | Jared Costello photo

Many questioned Paul Walker’s choice in his BMW collection, but auction results highlights the foresight of the deceased star.

The BMW M3 Lightweights – of which Walker had a fleet of five – have become prized automobiles. One would wonder if the Fast and Furious franchise star was looking to start a race team with the factory track weapons. All but one features the tri-color checkered M motif graphics package on the left-front and right-rear corners.

1995 BMW M3 Lightweights owned and collected by Paul Walker | Jared Costello photo1995 BMW M3 Lightweights owned and collected by Paul Walker | Jared Costello photo
1995 BMW M3 Lightweights owned and collected by Paul Walker | Jared Costello photo

Out of twenty-one vehicles crossing the block at the Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction this year from Walker’s collection, the highly anticipated 1995 BMW M3 Lightweights crossed the block at a total hammer price of $1,205,000 for all five.  Walker’s influence on the collector car industry has become even more evident with these results. These cars didn’t even need Walker’s star-power as they are highly prized, but the emphasis on his foresight was key.

Paul Walker LightweightPaul Walker Lightweight
Lined up prior to auction | Sarah Day photo

“He (Walker) was a great car guy, I call him the modern-day
Steve McQueen,” Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson said in an interview prior to
the auction. “He was a pioneer in cars that people didn’t really think were
collector cars when he started buying them.”

Here are the results for each sold from Walker’s collection:

Lot 1371 – 1995 BMW M3 Lightweight: $350,000
Lot 1372 – 1995 BMW M3 Lightweight: $200,000
Lot 1372.1 – 1995 BMW M3 Lightweight: $220,000
Lot 1373 – 1995 BMW M3 Lightweight: $235,000
Lot 1373.1 – 1995 BMW M3 Lightweight (without checkered motif): $200,000

The strong prices paid for the cars are an indication not only of the late actor’s star power, but of the next-generation of car enthusiasts now bidding at collector car auctions.

An experienced automotive motorsports photographer and enthusiast of all things with wheels, Rebecca Nguyen is the Marketing Manager of Former Marketing and Project Coordinator for Voodoo13 and Ksport USA, Rebecca has a unique perspective developed from being on several different sides of the automotive world. From developing innovative automotive products to doing her own DIY modifications on her 2003 Subaru WRX and 2014 Ducati Monster, Rebecca’s passion for the hobby brings fresh ideas to The Journal. In addition, she has spent many years publishing event coverage for events like SEMA, Formula Drift, and Global RallyCross while coordinating the annual Future Collector Car Show in Scottsdale Arizona.

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