Retrospective

See every Chevrolet Suburban generation: America's original SUV turns 85

America's original SUV is turns 85 years old this year.

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America's original sport utility vehicle is 85. The Chevrolet Suburban has had a run that has lasted since the year Jane Goodall, Giorgio Armani, Hank Aaron, and Don Cherry were born. And it's not done yet.

As Chevrolet readies to unveil the next generation of the Suburban, let's take a look back at the SUV through the years.

First Generation (1935-40): 1935 Chevrolet Suburban

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The Suburban Carryall was introduced in 1934 and featured a half-ton chassis. The vehicle's signature two-door body style was produced through 1967. The Suburban got its power through Chevrolet's Stovebolt inline six-cylinder engine that produced 60 horsepower. The model got an upgrade for the 1937 sales year including a new Art Deco-inspired exterior design and a power increase to 79 horsepower.

Second Generation (1941-46): 1943 Chevrolet Suburban

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Most automaker production for civilians halted during World War II. Many trucks, including the Chevy Suburban were produced for military use.

Third Generation (1947-55): 1948 Chevrolet Suburban

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Following World War II, Chevrolet redesigned its truck line and the Suburban was refashioned as a workhorse. Its inline six-cylinder engine got a significant power upgrade, with the ability to now produce 174 pound-feet of torque.

Fourth Generation (1955-59): 1956 Chevrolet Suburban

1956 Chevrolet Suburban

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For the model's fourth generation, Chevrolet gave the Suburban aggressive new styling. In the 1955 model year, the company added fresh technology and a wraparound windshield. Running boards were eliminated. This Suburban was powered by a V8, the company's legendary Small Block power plant. Four-wheel drive was offered for the first time in 1955.

Fifth Generation (1960-66): 1965 Chevrolet Suburban

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The fifth generation Chevrolet Suburban brought about the C/K designation to denote models with two-wheel drive (C) and four-wheel drive (K). In 1963, a ladder-type frame replaced the X-member frame. Chevrolet introduced air conditioning and rear-area heating to the Suburban for the fist time in 1965.

Sixth Generation (1967-72): 1967 Chevrolet Suburban

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The redesign of Chevy's trucks line brought about the evolution of the Suburban to move from a two-door model to a three-door SUV. There is now a single door on the driver's side and two doors on the passenger side. Ambulance companies found this configuration advantageous and purchased the Suburban in droves.

Seventh Generation (1973-91): 1974 Chevrolet Suburban

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This generation Suburban is the first ever to get a complete redesign. Up until this point, the generations just slowly evolved. Now the model was offered in a four-door body style and its wheelbase grew to 129.5 inches to support more family members and cargo. Buyers were able to enjoy more amenities than ever and by the late 1980s electronically controlled fuel injection and a four-speed overdrive transmission helped with the Suburban's fuel efficiency.

Eighth Generation (1992-99): 1992 Chevrolet Suburban

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This Suburban is a true evolution of the model incorporating the sleekest styling of the model since the 30s. It had flush glass, composite headlights, four-wheel antilock brakes, "shift-on-the-fly" four-wheel drive, and a supple suspension. In 1998, OnStar became available and for the first time all-wheel drive became an option.

Ninth Generation (2000-2006): 2001 Chevrolet Suburban

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The 10th-generation Suburban was launched in 1999 as a 2000 model. It got more modern styling, a fresh interior, and new powertrain options including 5.3-liter and 6.0-liter V8s. For the first time, four-wheel disc brakes, a load-leveling suspension system, and StabiliTrak electronic stability control were offered.

Tenth Generation (2007-2014): 2007 Chevrolet Suburban

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Eleventh Generation (2015- Present): 2015 Chevrolet Suburban

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The modern Chevrolet Suburban is the most plush, capable, and connected ever. It's also more efficient thanks to its available EcoTec3 5.3-liter V8 engine. Standard features include a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.


The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban is on sale now.

A new technology developed by General Motors may change the trailering experience as we know it, making it safer for everyone involved.

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For some folks, towing a trailer is second nature. It's like riding a bicycle or going for a swim. But for a vast majority of others, towing can be intimidating, scary and even downright dangerous. No matter what category you fall into, truck makers have been working feverishly to come up with new and exciting technologies to make towing easier and safer for you.

One of the biggest challenges of towing, at least at speed, is the abrupt need to come to a stop. Whether it be someone pull out in front of you or the traffic light turned red sooner than you'd expect. Towing down a grade in high winds can create even more issues.

eBoost braking assist trailer This diagram shows the impact of the new eBoost technology.Photo courtesy of General Motors

To help with towing and stopping, electronic trailer brake controllers are common on rigs that tow. They help control the trailer by apply the brakes in the trailer. Setting up a trailer brake control is often described as an art, not a science.

That's where new General Motors tech comes in. Using their electronic brake system from their heavy-duty pickup, the company has fitted it to a trailer for the purpose of improving braking. Their goal was to equip a trailer with the company's eBoost braking system and see how well they could stop with it.

Their goal was to take a 2020 Silverado HD without a trailer and see how far it took to stop. Then they attached a trailer with 9,000 pounds and set a target of stopping in the same distance. They were within three feet.

That means in a full-on, emergency stop scenario a truck towing a 9,000-pound trailer can stop as short as a truck without a trailer. Not to overwhelm you with hyperbole, but that is a game changer.

Why? There's no complicated setup of the trailer brake controller. The equipment already exists, and GM managed to do it with around $1,000 worth of hardware that's already available. It would require a trailer manufacturer to integrate it with their trailers, but the safety benefits are huge.

Unlike some aftermarket anti-lock braking systems, primarily from Bosch, this system communicates with the truck, and can even use electronic stability control to reduce trailer sway.

It's a prototype at this point. GM is hoping to find a trailer maker to help develop the technology. The marketing department is still figuring out all of the details, but in addition to offering it on a brand-new trailer, it might even be possible for certain dealerships or installers to add it to existing trailers after the fact.

While there is a truck war going on with how can tow and haul the most, the efforts that GM is making right now for improving towing safety, such as their invisible trailering system and this prototype trailer brake system, makes the roads safer for everyone – even if they don't drive a GM.

Twenty-one vehicles from the collection of late actor Paul Walker went up for sale last week at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale.

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It's been just over seven years since actor Paul Walker passed away in a single-car accident. Since that fateful day, there have been nearly as many tales of Walker's generosity as there have been stories about his love for cars. At this year's Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, 21 vehicles from Walker's collection were sold.

From Wednesday to Saturday, the vehicles crossed the block one by one. The total of the sales added up to $2,333,450, according to Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson.

"Paul Walker has been compared to a modern-day Steve McQueen, who lived his passion for racing in every aspect of his life," Jackson told The Hollywood Reporter. "[He] has inspired entire generations of car lovers. We worked closely with a close friend of Paul's who helped care for Paul's collection following his death; he was responsible for consigning and prepping the vehicles for the auction. Paul's daughter, Meadow, kept a few vehicles she had a connection with."

Scroll down to see all the vehicles that were sold. Descriptions have been provided by Barrett-Jackson.

1995 BMW M3 E36 Lightweight

1995 BMW M3 E36 Lightweight

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Lot #1371 - This 1995 BMW M3 E36 Lightweight is part of a collection belonging to the late actor Paul Walker. Exact production numbers were never confirmed by BMW, but it's widely accepted that between 120 and 126 E36 Lightweights were produced. Walker was an avid fan of BMW and kept a total of seven M3s in his collection five of them Lightweights. This E36 M3 LTW is powered by a BMW S50 3.0-liter inline-6 engine factory-rated at 240hp and 225 ft/lbs of torque. The S50 is backed by a 5-speed manual transmission. It's finished in Alpine White III with the tri-color checker M-motif on the left-front and right-rear corners, it also has a cloth and carbon-fiber-trimmed interior. The 1995 Lightweight came from the factory an estimated 220 pounds lighter than the standard M3. Absent the radio, air conditioning, tool kit and sunroof. The Lightweight also featured integrated aluminum door skins, carpet that was featured only on the trunk floor, the underbody insulation was thinner and special carpeting was used; all in the name of lowering the car's weight for racing. This M3 has just over 4,600 actual miles (the title reads mileage exempt).

Status: SOLD for $385,000

1989 Nissan Skyline R32

1989 Nissan Skyline R32

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Lot #730.1 - This Skyline R32 was owned by "The Fast and the Furious" star Paul Walker and is powered by an RB26DETT 2.6-liter twin turbo inline-6 engine with a 5-speed manual transmission. Power from the "Godzilla" engine is put to the road via the ATTESSA all-wheel-drive system. The right-hand-drive Skyline features a stripped interior with a full roll cage, Sparco racing seat and fire extinguisher. Upgrades from HKS and A'PEXi, as well as a KOYORAD radiator, line the engine bay. The Gun Grey Metallic R32 sits on a pair of black Enkei RPF1 wheels that mask a set of Endless brake calipers.

Status: SOLD for $100,100

2008 Suzuki DR-Z400SM

2008 Suzuki DR-Z400SM Motorcycle

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Lot #373 - Owned by late actor and "The Fast and the Furious" star Paul Walker, this 2008 Suzuki DR-Z400SM is the road legal equivalent of the DR-400S. The Supermotard features a 400CC DOHC liquid-cooled engine coupled to a 5-speed gearbox that uses a cable-operated clutch. The motorcycle is finished in Alpine White.

Status: SOLD for $3,850

1991 BMW M3

1991 BMW M3

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Lot #1371.1 - This 1991 M3 E30 was owned by the late actor Paul Walker. The E30 M3 was developed for racing and is considered a successful DTM series car. At the time, Group A regulations mandated that 5,000 road-going variants be produced and sold within a 12-month period for a vehicle to be homologated for racing. The S14 inline-4 engine produced a factory rated 195hp and 170 ft/lbs of torque, the nimble M3 is suited for a road course or rally stage and is paired with a 5-speed Getrag manual transmission. The M3 features unique bodywork engineered for competition. Eagle-eyed enthusiasts can discern that the C-pillar is flatter and wider than the M3's standard two-door E30 sibling. The flared fenders and quarter-panels angle themselves as pure motorsports derivatives, and the iconic rear wing symbolizes a golden era in touring car racing. This M3 is finished in Alpine White II over a black interior. It has 7,644 actual miles (the title reads mileage exempt).

Status: SOLD for $220,000

1995 Ford Bronco

1995 Ford Bronco

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Lot #731 - The fifth-generation Ford Bronco was the final iteration of the off-road icon before discontinuation. This 1995 Ford Bronco Eddie Bauer Edition belonged to late actor and "Fast and Furious" franchise star Paul Walker. The Bronco features the 5.8-liter 351ci Windsor V8 engine that produces a factory rated 210hp and 325 ft/lbs of torque, paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission. Finished in Black Clearcoat over a tan leather interior, the four-wheel-drive Bronco features 32,808 actual miles (the title reads mileage exempt).

Status: SOLD for $73,700

2000 Audi S4

2000 Audi S4

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Lot #373.1 - This 2000 Audi S4 2.7 Quattro features a 90-degree 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 engine producing a factory-rated 261hp and 295 ft/lbs of torque. The engine features five valves per cylinder and two parallel BorgWarner turbos. A Torsen T-2 quattro permanent all-wheel-drive system sends power to all four wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. It is finished in Brilliant Black over a black leather interior.

Status: SOLD for $29,700

1995 BMW M3 E36 Lightweight

1995 BMW M3 E36 Lightweight

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Lot #1372 - This M3 E36 Lightweight is from The Paul Walker Collection and is powered by a 3.0-liter inline-6 BMW S50B30 engine that produced a factory-rated 240hp and 225 ft/lbs of torque. The engine is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission with a final drive ratio of 3:23:1. Exact production numbers were never confirmed by BMW, but it's widely accepted that between 120 and 126 E36 Lightweights were produced. The M3s left the factory sans radio, air conditioning and tool kit to reduce weight and to enhance the vehicle's performance. Aluminum doors were also included in the E36 Lightweight's package. Finished in Alpine White III, the car bears the tri-color checkered M motif graphics package on the left-front and right-rear corners. Inside the black interior, carbon-fiber trim adorns the cabin, and BMW Motorsports International insignias are integrated into the glovebox and doorsills. This M3 rides on forged magnesium wheels emblazoned with "MOTORSPORT." It has 15,485 actual miles (the title reads mileage exempt).

Status: SOLD for $220,000

2006 Toyota Tundra

2006 Toyota Tundra

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Lot #374 - This 2006 Toyota Tundra Access Cab SR5 features a 4.7-liter i-Force V8 engine. The DOHC 32-valve 2-UZ-FE engine features Toyota's VVT-I variable valve timing that produces a factory-rated 271hp and 313 ft/lbs of torque, and is paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission. The Tundra has a towing capacity of 6,500 pounds and a maximum payload of 1,580 pounds. Finished in Phantom Gray over a gray interior, the Tundra is accented by black wheels and a Softopper canopy.

Status: SOLD for $16,500

1967 Chevrolet Nova Custom Coupe

1967 Chevrolet Nova Custom Coupe

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Lot #731.1 - This 1967 Chevrolet Nova was built as a joint effort between "The Fast and The Furious" franchise star Paul Walker and Year One president Kevin King. Year One was involved during the production of "2Fast 2Furious," supplying parts used for the film's cars. Walker and King struck up a bond and eventually settled on building a reliable day-to-day cruiser. The Nova was initially powered by an LS1; that engine was removed and replaced with a GM 5.3-liter V8 engine that is mated to an automatic transmission. Finished in Slate Gray, the Nova sits on a set of 17x7 and 18x9.5 Wheel Vintiques billet rallye wheels clad in a set of BFGoodrich g-Force 245/45-17 fronts and 295/35-18 rears. Stopping power is provided by a set of four-piston Wilwood brakes at all four corners. Inside, a custom dash panel holds a set of Autometer Ultra Lite electronic gauges, as well as bucket seats.

Status: SOLD for $60,500

1995 BMW M3 Lightweight

1995 BMW M3 Lightweight

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Lot #1372.1 - Built for racing, the Lightweight M3s were BMW North America's homologation specials for the IMSA Firehawk series. Exact production numbers were never confirmed by BMW, but it's widely accepted that between 120 and 126 E36 Lightweights were produced. The motorsport-inspired M3 produces a factory-rated 240hp and 225 ft/lbs of torque by way of a BMW S50B30 3.0-liter inline-6 engine. A 5-speed manual transmission sends power to the rear wheels with a final drive ratio of 3:23:1. The Lightweight M3 went on a crash diet, doing away with creature comforts deemed unnecessary for performance driving. The radio, air conditioning and most of the sound insulation were removed, and the standard doors were replaced with aluminum versions. This M3 was one of five owned by actor Paul Walker and has 14,283 actual miles (the title reads mileage exempt).

Status: SOLD for $242,000

2003 Ford F-250

2003 Ford F-250

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Lot #374.1 - This 2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty features a 7.3-liter turbo-diesel Powerstroke V8 engine producing a factory-rated 275hp and 525 ft/lbs of torque, which is paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission. This F-250 has an extended cab and a 6-3/4-foot short-bed. The pickup is finished in Dark Shadow Gray over a gray cloth interior. The paint is accented by black wheels and a custom black ARB front bumper.

Status: SOLD for $19,800

1963 Chevrolet Nova Wagon

1963 Chevrolet Nova Wagon

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Lot #375 - This Chevy II Nova wagon was owned by actor and "The Fast and the Furious" franchise star Paul Walker. It is powered by a 194ci straight 6-cylinder engine with a 3-speed manual transmission. The four-door wagon is finished in red with a red interior.

Status: SOLD for $18,700

2005 GMC Sierra 2500 HD

2005 GMC Sierra 2500 HD

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Lot #375.1 - Owned and driven by late actor and "The Fast and the Furious" star Paul Walker, this 2004 GMC Sierra K2500HD 4X4 features a 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel V8 engine that produces a factory-rated 300hp and 520 ft/lbs of torque. The diesel engine is backed by an Allison 1000 5-speed automatic transmission and features a selectable four-wheel drive. The 2004 features a factory-rated towing capacity of 12,000 pounds and a 4,000-pound load capacity. This example is featured in Summit White over a Dark Pewter Cloth interior.

Status: SOLD for $33,000

1988 BMW M3 E80

1988 BMW M3 E80

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Lot #1374 - This 1988 M3 E30 was owned by the late actor Paul Walker. The E30 M3 was developed for racing in the DTM series. Due to regulations, the M3 had to be homologated and road-going versions had to be produced. All the bodywork, sans the hood, is unique to the M3 over the standard E30. The M3 features flared fenders and quarter-panels, as well as bespoke front and rear bumpers unique to the M3. Power is supplied by an S14 2.3 liter inline-4 engine that produces a factory rated 195hp and 170 ft/lbs of torque. It is backed by a 5-speed manual Getrag transmission sending power to the rear wheels with the aid of limited-slip differential. The standard E30's MacPherson Strut/semi-trailing arm suspension has had substantial changes in its evolution to the motorsport-bred M3. Including a larger rear antiroll bar, wider track and revalved shocks. This M3 is painted in Alpine White II over a Natur Bison interior. Only 5,115 M3s were sold in the United States from 1988-91 and features 32,269 actual miles.

Status: SOLD for $165,000

1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Wagon

1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Wagon

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Lot #376 - This 1964 Chevelle 300 Wagon was owned by actor Paul Walker. It is powered by a V8 engine mated to an automatic transmission. The exterior is finished in red with a black interior.

Status: SOLD for $19,800

2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302S Race Car

2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302S Race Car

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Lot #1374.1 - This 2013 Boss 302S race car was purchased by a fellow racing enthusiast as gift for the late actor Paul Walker. Walker took delivery of the new Mustang and it was put up on a lift for storage. As it stands, this Boss 302S is nearly new and never raced. Powered by a 5.0-liter V8 Ford Racing Motorsport engine equipped with Ford Racing PCS software and calibration, Ford Racing oil pan, Setrab ProLine engine oil cooler, Boss 302 fuel system and an upgraded DeWitt radiator. Power is sent through a TREMEC T6060 6-speed manual transmission with an Exedy clutch through a Torsen T2R differential with 3.73 gears. The chassis features coilover dampers, lower control arms with a Delrin bushing kit, caster/camber plates up front, Ford Racing antiroll bar and a Ford Racing adjustable Panhard bar out back. Stopping power is provided by Brembo four-piston front racing brakes with 15-inch two-piece rotors, PFC racing pads, Ford Racing ducts, stainless lines, Ford Racing brake booster assembly and unique Ford Racing ABS calibration. The interior features an AIM MXL data acquisition system with GPS, RECARO HANS Pro Racer seat, quick-release racing steering wheel, window net, safety system triangle nets, six-point racing harness, master cutoff switch and a heat shield on the driver's side floor. Outside, this Boss 302S features a Ford Racing front splitter, adjustable carbon-fiber wing, and Boss 302S graphics package. Not street legal.

Status: SOLD for $95,700

1995 BMW M3 Lightweight

1995 BMW M3 Lightweight

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Lot #1373 - Part of The Paul Walker Collection, this 1995 BMW M3 E36 Lightweight is an analog driving machine. The M3 Lightweight is 220 pounds lighter than the standard M3 and this drop-in weight is due to removing some amenities. Exact production numbers were never confirmed by BMW, but it's widely accepted that between 120 and 126 E36 Lightweights were produced. The radio, air conditioning and most of the sound-deadening material were removed to reduce its weight to 2,950 pounds and to enhance the vehicle's performance. Power is supplied by a 3.0-liter inline-6 engine that is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. It is finished in Alpine White III and offered with the diagonal M motif tri-color checkered graphics. The black interior features carbon-fiber trim. This M3 has 42,514 actual miles (the title reads mileage exempt).

Status: SOLD for $258,500

2011 BMW F800GS

2011 BMW F800GS

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Lot #376.1 - Designed to be ridden anywhere, this 2011 BMW F800GS has a 800cc parallel twin engine that generates 85hp and 62 ft/lbs of torque. The engine is mated to a constant mesh 6-speed gearbox that is integrated into the crankcase. The load-bearing engine is coupled with a tubular steel space frame, and the motorcycle has a total dry weight of 392 pounds. A 4.2-gallon fuel tank sits nestled under the seat, providing a low center of gravity. The F800GS has 9 inches of suspension travel up front and 8.5 inches in the rear. The motorcycle is finished in Alpine White.

Status: SOLD for $11,000

2005 Harley-Davidson Custom

2005 Harley-Davidson Custom

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Lot #377 - This 2005 Harley-Davidson FLTSCI custom motorcycle was built for actor Paul Walker by Road Dog Customs in California. The design was inspired by the classic Harley-Davidson's from the 1940s. A 1440cc engine is coupled to a 5-speed gearbox. The motorcycle features many custom parts, including the instrument cluster, handlebars, open belt, floorboards, exhaust pipes and shaved-down oil tank. The controls are from Performance Machine, and it features an alligator-inspired leather seat. The Harley features black powder-coated wheels and a bespoke paint job, with nickel plating replacing all the chrome.

Status: SOLD for $34,100

2009 Nissan 370Z "Fast Five"

2009 Nissan 370Z "Fast Five"

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Lot #730 - This 2009 Nissan 370Z was owned by Paul Walker and made an appearance in the film, "Fast Five." It's powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine producing 332hp backed by a 6-speed manual transmission and sits on unequal-length control-arm front suspension. Standard features include push-button start, automatic climate control and cruise control. Finished in silver, this 370Z rides on custom wheels and has 3,092 actual miles.

Status: SOLD for $105,600

1995 BMW M3 E36 Lightweight

1995 BMW M3 E36 Lightweight

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Lot #1373.1 - BMW was actively competing in motorsport with the E36 at the time and greenlit a homologation special for the U.K. market, the M3 GT. Unsatisfied with their variant of the E36 M3 (when compared to its European counterpart), BMW North America pressured the Munich-based manufacturer into building a racing thoroughbred of their own. The cars were sent to BMW North America's racing partner, Prototype Technology Group in Virginia. While there, the M3s received several upgrades and unique features over their more pedestrian siblings. The Lightweight M3 received a hand-picked 3.0-liter inline-6 engine and power was sent to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission. Exact production numbers were never confirmed by BMW, but it's widely accepted that between 120 and 126 of the Lightweight M3s were produced, with 10 being pre-production models. All the 2,950-pound M3s were finished in Alpine White III. This M3 Lightweight is unique in that it does not feature the diagonal M motif tri-color checkered graphics, nor does it feature the traditional Lightweight rear spoiler. Inside, the interior featured carbon-fiber trim; the traditional luxury amenities were absent. BMW removed the radio, air conditioning and most of the sound-deadening material, all in the name of weight reduction. This M3 has 34,400 actual miles (the title reads mileage exempt).

Status: SOLD for $220,000