It’s been about seven years since ‘Fast and the Furious’ star Paul Walker passed away in an untimely car accident. His memory is still alive to this day though, especially through the legacy he left behind as an avid car collector and as an actor.
A lot of people in the car buff community still admire him and his commitment to everything automobile-related. Considering this, it won’t be surprising to see his fans disappointed to find out where his prized cars ended up after he passed away.
In a twisted event of real life imitating film, a man named Richard Taylor was accused of car theft by the late actor’s estate. According to the allegations, Taylor removed over 30 of Walker’s cars from his collection’s warehouse mere hours after his death in 2013.
The supposed loot included vehicles like a 2008 BMW M3 and a 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. The theft appears to be a huge betrayal of Walker’s trust as the actor assigned Taylor to oversee his collection prior to his passing.
The lawsuit lodged by the estate in 2015 also purported that Taylor presented the estate with a 32-item inventory list that had various cars missing from it. The legal battle ended in a settlement.
Another Legal Battle
But the lawsuits surrounding the actor’s death didn’t end there.
In 2014, Walker’s father, Paul Walker III sued the estate of Roger Rodas, the man who was driving the vehicle the then-40-year-old star died in. Although the crash ended up killing the two friends, Rodas’ estate ended up paying $10.1 million during the settlement of the case in 2016.
The money was reportedly paid into a trust for his daughter Meadow Rain Walker, who is now 21 years old.
As for the rest of Walker’s car collection, pieces of it were sold in an auction in early 2020. About 21 cars were reportedly listed at the Barrett-Jackson auction held in Scottsdale.
Vehicles that were sold included high-performance cars like five E36 BMW M3s and two E30 BMW M3s. There were also trucks and motorcycles auctioned off.
While the actor’s prized possessions are no longer in one place, Walker’s family reportedly retained ownership of a couple of keepsake pieces from his car collection.