Did You Like the Cars in Furious 7? Here’s what Happened to Most of Them

We all know that big-budget action movies have a strange habit of spending millions on rides that they later mercilessly destroy in their car chasing scenes. Like it or not, most of these beauties end up in the scrapyard. It’s precisely what happened to no less than 230 cars that all had something to do with the seventh installment of the Fast and Furious franchise.
We all know that big-budget action movies have a strange habit of spending millions on cars that they later mercilessly destroy in their car chasing scenes 1 photo
By now you might have heard that the James Wan-directed movie managed to make it in the top 10 biggest U.S. opening weekends of all time. After premiering on Friday, Furious 7 racked up $143.6 million over the weekend, and that’s without counting the rest of the world.

We’re talking about a blockbuster that is currently staying next to huge grossing films such as Marvel’s The Avengers, Iron Man 3 and the Dark Knight Rises. Heck, Paul Walker’s last movie ranked better than The Twilight Saga: New Moon movie.

To be honest, we were expecting this type of success considering the extreme marketing pumped in the promotion of the film, and, of course, the whole drama involving the regretted actor. We’re not heartless people, we get it, there’s a lot a big emotional impact on it and we totally agree with that. Yet we are car people here, for us every such action movie is a black hole where some of the best cars on the market parish.

230 autos found their end in Furious 7

Furious 7 is by far one of the most heartless of them all since it appears that 230 cars were totaled during the shootings. Imagine that around 20 to 30 vehicles smashed beyond repair, including several black Mercedes-Benzes, a Ford Crown Victoria and a Mitsubishi Montero, were taken to a local car crusher shop in Colorado. It's one of the places the crew were shooting a car chasing scene.

According to Wall Street Journal, filmmakers insisted that Richard Jansen, the owner of Bonnie’s Car Crushers, a scrapyard located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to shred or crush them all. This way they prevent anyone from fixing one up and getting hurt in a damaged movie car. “It was kind of unusual, to see some relatively late-model Mercedes-Benzes, all crunched up and good for nothing,” Mr. Jensen told the source.

The process of making these cars was detailed on several occasions, and we told you guys all about those being used in Furious 7. Getting rid of them all is also quite formal as the movie crew is usually following a specific protocol.

Picture coordinator for the “Fast and Furious” franchise Dennis McCarthy explained the film crew documents every step for both accounting and liability reasons. It turns out "Fast and Furious" filmmakers wreck hundreds of cars every movie, with 230 alone for the latest installment of the saga.

And here we are, feeling sad for all those BMW M3s leaving Mission Impossible 5 set, and Aston Martin DB10 concepts eventually ending the same way, in some obscure scrapyard somewhere in Europe...

PS: in case you're wondering what exactly are these cars going through, check out stunts video below.

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