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Vin Diesel's Favorite Fast & Furious Car Brings Us Back To A Sentimental Scene

The "Fast & Furious" franchise has developed to a scale so large that it's likely hard to remember that the plot used to revolve around street racing. Over the years, fans have seen the film series' storylines go from an LAPD police officer named Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) coming to respect and admire a street racing family that steals, to that family somehow becoming rogue government agents. The importance of family remains the central theme, and to their credit, they never truly forget to include amazing and expensive cars. With the first part of what are said to be the final "Fast & Furious" movies on the way in "Fast X" (via Deadline), it will be interesting to see what kind of amazing vehicles appear this time around.

Most of the time, the cars are classics in the first few films in the series. "Fast Five" features a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and a 1965 Ford GT40. Even movies that didn't directly feature Diesel (at least until a cameo at the end) like "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," had Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) driving a 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback to win his race at the end of the movie. Brian would usually reach for something sportier, like his original undercover car in the first film — a 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse. "The Fate of the Furious" would even see Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) in a Lamborghini Murcielago.

However, there's one car that Diesel's character, Dominic Toretto, has used multiple times, which always gives us a sentimental feeling about the franchise.

The 1970 Dodge Charger brings Vin Diesel back to the origins of Fast & Furious

During a 2021 interview with Supercar Blondie while promoting "F9: The Fast Saga," Vin Diesel was asked what his favorite car has been over the entire "Fast & Furious” franchise. This may seem like an incredibly difficult question for the actor, although he immediately went for the custom 1970 Dodge Charger that Dominic Toretto has always loved. "Obviously, the Charger has sentimental value," Diesel explained. 

It likely takes him back, as it does for us, to the end of "The Fast and the Furious," where Dom and Brian race after both pursuing Johnny Tran (Rick Yune) for shooting and killing Jesse (Chad Lindberg). Dom and Brian charge through a train crossing and Diesel's 1970 Charger gets totaled, but Brian gives Dom his car and lets him walk away.

However, Diesel would add in the same interview that the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS that he drove off in the desert in the following scenes after that moment also holds a special place in his heart. We did end up seeing the '70 Charger in "F9: The Fast Saga" once more, and we will likely see it again when "Fast X" releases its first part on May 19, 2023.