The Fast And Furious Nissan 240SX You Forgot About Had A Gruesome Ending

Letty’s Nissan 240SX from The Fast and Furious wasn’t all that memorable, but the ending of the car used on-set is sad nonetheless
The Fast And Furious Nissan 240SX You Forgot About Had A Gruesome Ending

Everyone has a favourite car from The Fast and Furious, and we mean the original film, not the whole franchise. Really, you’re either picking Brian’s Toyota Supra and Dom’s Dodge Charger, or you’re a bit strange and prefer The Racer’s Edge shop Ford F-150 Lightning. What you won’t pick is Letty’s Nissan 240SX, a rather forgettable car in the scheme of things, though its ultimate ending makes for a sad tale.

We first see the 240SX pretty early on in The Fast and Furious, the first of the crew pulling up at Toretto’s Market & Cafe amidst the iconic tuna scene. It makes the odd appearance throughout the film, most notably at Race Wars up against a Mazda RX-7, but is then never seen again.

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Now though, we have an updated story of its ultimate fate from Craig Lieberman, the man responsible for picking the cars used in the 2001 film as well as 2 Fast 2 Furious.

For a little more context, the S14 started life as a slightly modified silver car owned by James Yen, who rented it to the filmmakers for $6,400 - probably not bad value to lend out your 240SX at that time. It was modified further on-set though, with a Zeal bodykit and a purple respray. At the time of filming, it had an SR20DET in place of the KA24DE you’d find in a standard car, and tuned to around 400bhp.

Two stunt cars were built to replicate the ‘hero’ car too, and would eventually be repurposed for 2 Fast 2 Furious. However, Yen’s 240SX would have a very different fate.

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It would be returned to its original silver paint, albeit retaining the Zeal bodykit for a little while. It found itself plastered across several magazines at the time before passing hands several times.

Around 2009, interest in retaining the car in its on-set form was well and truly gone, with the chassis stripped of all of its mechanical bits including the SR20 and the shell sold on for scrap. There’s a slight chance the 240SX lived on as a can, or maybe your dishwasher.


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