“The Quickly and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” may possibly have launched drifting to the franchise, but it nonetheless featured some American muscle, like a Chevrolet Monte Carlo that seems early in the film. As normal, Craig Lieberman, a technical advisor for the early Quickly and Furious videos, has the information on the Bowtie coupe.

Primary character Sean Boswell (played by Lucas Black) was written as a teenage muscle-auto fan with minor cash, so the ratty-seeking Monte Carlo was a normal match.

The Monte Carlo was largely ignored by collectors (in 2006, at least), producing it a lot more reasonably priced, Lieberman mentioned. It nonetheless had loads of tuning prospective, however, and producers have been seeking to function a distinct muscle auto soon after utilizing the Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, and Yenko Camaro in prior videos, he stated.

The lower-cash flow underdog story plays out with Boswell racing a wealthy child in a then-new Dodge Viper. The ensuing destruction will get Boswell in difficulty with the police, forcing him to move to Tokyo and setting the plot in movement.

1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Tokyo Drift

1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Tokyo Drift

The manufacturing crew created eleven copies of the Monte Carlo, which is normal, as added autos are required to carry out distinct stunts, serve as backups, or be sacrificed for on-display crashes. One particular of these autos was listed as possessing a 632-cubic-inch V-eight, despite the fact that it may possibly have in fact been a 572-cubic-inch engine, Lieberman stated. Both way, it was rated at 780 hp on pump fuel, or more than 800 hp on racing fuel, in accordance to Lieberman.

The engine was linked to a four-pace guide transmission with a drag-race-design shatterproof bell housing, and a Common Motors twelve-bolt rear finish. Once more, only a single auto acquired the total complement of functionality elements, as it did not pay out to improve autos that have been destined to be destroyed anyway.

Following filming, the surviving autos have been scattered. One particular is now in France, one more was presented for sale on eBay in 2015 with a $a hundred,000 asking price tag (it later on offered for $61,440), whilst a third auto was presented for sale in 2019 with a $39,998 asking price tag. At least a single auto is nonetheless owned by Universal Studios, and at least a couple a lot more survive, in accordance to Lieberman.

In “Tokyo Drift,” Boswell in the end ends up with a Ford Mustang powered, relatively controversially, by a Nissan Skyline GT-R’s RB26 engine. Lieberman has a deep dive on that auto as properly, which is absolutely well worth checking out.