- From left to right: 1995 BMW M3 Lightweight, 2009 Nissan 370Z Racecar, 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302s Racecar

Written by Eric Becker

“I’ll have the tuna, no crust.” With that simple line, the world was introduced to the Brian O’Conner character at the beginning of the first film in “The Fast and The Furious” franchise. Perhaps more importantly, we were introduced to the exceptional Paul Walker. The films would span over a decade, travel the world, embrace other cultures and net over $5 billion at the box office. Paul Walker was the face of that franchise, forever changing lives ‒ and the automotive scene ‒ for the better. Walker’s on-screen presence played against type as a daring, family-oriented, rogue officer, helping define a unique element of car culture.

From the beginning of his career, Walker stood apart from the Hollywood norm. As the Dallas Morning News commented in March 2000, “Paul is one of the rarest birds in Hollywood – a pretension-free movie star.”

Likely lesser known to many was Walker’s life and work off screen. Equal to his passion for cars, Walker had a great love for the sea. He studied marine biology and spent most of his free time in the ocean. He fulfilled a lifelong dream as part of the crew in the National Geographic series “Expedition, Great White,” where he helped tag great white sharks for scientific study.

He also had an admirable commitment to humanity. “When you put good out there, it’s amazing what can be accomplished,” Walker said and believed. In January 2010, after a massive earthquake devastated Haiti, he spontaneously organized a relief team that responded to the disaster. On the trip, Walker saw a gap between the availability of skilled resources and the requirement for such personnel in post-disaster situations, and founded the organization Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW) to fulfill this unmet need.

“Paul was the kind of person who valued and respected others,” said his longtime friend Brandon Birtell. “He would go out of his way to do the simplest things, from stopping to open the door for others, making sure he looked someone in the eye when they were speaking, or help someone that clearly needed to be helped.”

After Walker passed, his daughter Meadow founded The Paul Walker Foundation to honor his commitment to “do good.” Walker’s passion for the ocean, a curious mind and a spontaneous heart lives on in the foundation, which was established to empower future generations by providing grants, scholarship opportunities and spontaneous acts of goodwill.

Walker was clearly a different kind of “car guy.” Always keen to share his passion for speed and the automobile, Walker was known to be generous and kind. “Paul Walker will always be remembered for ‘Fast and Furious’ to us fans, but to those who knew him, he was a kind, generous and thoughtful human being who touched people’s lives,” wrote Nico DeMattia in a BMW blog back in 2015. “He was also one of the coolest gearheads on the planet. Walker was a fan of all cars from all companies. His favorites, however, seemed to be Mustangs and BMWs. … His passion for BMWs seemed to be his biggest, as his collection of them was not only incredibly cool, but rare and unmodified.”

Barrett-Jackson is honored to bring 21 vehicles once owned by Paul Walker to the 2020 Scottsdale Auction, all offered with No Reserve. As Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson noted, “It is our hope that these cars bring the same joy to their new homes that they brought Paul.”

The Paul Walker Collection includes:

1963 Chevrolet Nova Wagon

1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Wagon

1967 Chevrolet II Nova

1988 BMW M3 E30

1989 Nissan R32 Skyline Race Car

1991 BMW M3 E30 Coupe

1995 BMW M3 E36 Lightweight

1995 BMW M3 E36 Lightweight

1995 BMW M3 E36 Lightweight

1995 BMW M3 E36 Lightweight

1995 BMW M3 E36 Lightweight – Factory LTW wing and race-livery delete

1995 Ford Bronco SUV

2000 Audi S4

2003 Ford F250 Pickup

2004 GMC Sierra 1500 Pickup

2005 Harley-Davidson RS Motorcycle

2006 Toyota Tundra Pickup

2008 Suzuki Motorcycle

2009 Nissan 370Z

2011 BMW Motorcycle

2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302S Race Car

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