If you’ve seen "The Fast and The Furious," you undoubtedly remember this car: A 1995 Volkswagen Jetta driven by Jesse and lost in a wager during a desert race against a Honda S2000. It’s one of the star cars from the film, and now it’s for sale on Autotrader.
And, just to be clear, I don’t mean a replica of it is for sale on Autotrader — I mean the exact 1995 Jetta from the movie is currently listed on Autotrader, offered with 21,300 miles by Luxury Auto Collection located in the Phoenix area. It still looks exactly as it did in the movie, with the same graphics, the same white wheels and the same huge wing — though it’s had at least one update: It bears the signatures of Chad Lindbergh (who played Jesse), Paul Walker and director Rob Cohen. The ad notes the car is also set up with a custom stereo that incorporates a PlayStation 2, which I vaguely remember from the movie. What I don’t remember from the movie is this car’s automatic transmission, which would’ve been shunned by street racers — and I’m sure some careful editing was done to make this Jetta actually look like it has a manual.
Maybe more interesting than all that is the Carfax report on the car. I’m always curious how cars like this live their lives, and this one has an interesting history. It was sold new in June of 1995 and registered in Yorba Linda, California, a fairly normal suburb of Orange County — surely purchased by people who had no idea of its future fate. It was driven like a regular car for a few years, before likely being purchased by the production company for "The Fast and The Furious" so it could be modified for the movie.
The Carfax report shows just one owner since the movie. It appears the current owner bought it in December 2001 and registered it in Sherman Oaks, California, in the Los Angeles area, and barely drove it: It had 20,684 miles on it back in 2001, and it shows just 21,300 today. Oddly, it visited an independent Volkswagen/Audi shop in the Phoenix area in late 2013 to diagnose a no-start problem, but the Carfax report doesn’t show any other service records.
Now it can be yours — but the seller wants big money: It’s listed for $99,900. That’s a lot for a 1995 Jetta, sure, but maybe a bargain for one of the most famous movie cars of the 2000s.