If you’re in the market for a collectable car used in the filming of “Furious 7,” turn back now, there’s nothing for you here. As it turns out, all of the cars used in the stunt scenes of the popular action movie were destroyed by the filmmakers once they got the shots they needed.
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, filmmakers feared that fans would track down some of the wrecked vehicles, purchase them, attempt to fix them up and then injure themselves in the process. As a result, people working on the production hired a junkyard to haul away all of the cars and crush them into unusable metal cubes. Among these fallen vehicular soldiers are “several black Mercedes-Benzes, a Ford Crown Victoria and a Mitsubishi Montero,” according to the outlet.
“It was kind of unusual, to see some relatively late-model Mercedes-Benzes, all crunched up and good for nothing,” said Richard Jenson, owner of the Bonnie’s Car Crushers in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where a parachute scene was filmed.
In total, 230 cars were completely destroyed during the making of “Furious 7,” which probably contributed heavily to Universal's $250 million budget. But fear not; the seventh installment in the popular action franchise will have no trouble paying off its debts. As previously reported, the film exceeded box office expectations and became the biggest success for Universal Studios with a reported $384 million in total ticket sales worldwide. This makes it the biggest in the franchise’s history as well.
A lot of seats no doubt were filled due to viewers’ morbid curiosity to see how the film would address the tragic loss of Paul Walker, who played Brian O’Conner in the franchise for six of its seven installments. Walker died in a car accident in November 2013, right in the middle of shooting “Furious 7.” After a brief hiatus, production continued using a combination of CGI and the actor’s real-life brothers as body doubles. Without spoiling too much, it became the job of director James Wan to end the movie by retiring the beloved character.
“Furious 7” is currently in theaters. Check out the trailer below to get an idea of just how many car wrecks were involved in the making of his movie, and remember, don’t try to buy any of these cars, they’re gone.