Want a Rare ‘90s Import Car? Browse This U.S. Marshals Pot Bust Auction.
Toyota Supras, a Nissan Skyline and an Escalade EXT, natch
It’s nigh impossible to see a Fast and Furious movie without dreaming, for even the briefest of moments, about owning one of the souped-up, NOS-injected, potentially illegal street racers. Thankfully, sense typically returns after the credits roll and your Cherry Coke high wears off, and Paul Walker’s 1999 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R is revealed for what it really is — wildly impractical.
That didn’t stop Kong Meng Vang, though. He used to be the owner of that exact model, as well as 28 other vehicles straight out of a ‘90s teenager’s wet dream. But all of them, along with weapons, residential properties and his auto shop Vang’s Dyno Performance, were forfeited after he pled guilty to charges connected to “what Tulsa police say might have been the biggest pot bust in the history of the department,” writes Tulsa World.
Now, the U.S. Marshals are auctioning off the collection, with public bids currently being accepted online until April 1st. At the time of writing, it’s already a congested field, with the fewest bids coming in at 12 for a 1998 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Type R and the most, 70, for the lone motorcycle, a 2007 Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe FLSTN that, according to the listing, doesn’t start.
Far be it from us to make light of federal crimes, but a tuner shop, “a number of rare 1990s performance oriented imports” and marijuana with “a street value of $5 million” being transported across state lines sounds a lot like the plot of the first Fast and Furious movie. And as mentioned before, some of these vehicles are straight out of the franchise, from that ‘99 Nissan Skyline to a ‘93 Toyota Supra, both of which were featured in the opening race in 2 Fast 2 Furious.
The problem with a lot of these cars? The reason they’re rare is because, as the fine print on the listings notes, they don’t comply with U.S. regulations. Thus, they’re listed for “off road and track use only” with explicit instructions that, upon purchase, they’re “never to be titled, registered, or operated on U.S. roadways.”
That hasn’t stopped hundreds of people from placing bids. Maybe it won’t stop you, either.
All images courtesy of Apple Auctioneering Co.