|Original Gone In 60 Seconds Eleanor Mustang Up For Sale
Update 1/17/2012: The Gone In 60 Seconds Eleanor Mustang sold at the Autosport International event in Birmingham for £85,000 (roughly $130,000).
If you ask any car guy what his favorite car chase movies are he'll most undoubtedly mention the Gone In 60 Seconds remake starring Nicholas Cage. In the movie Cage's character, Memphis Raines, steals a stunningly beautiful 1967 Shelby GT500 Mustang dubbed 'Eleanor' which is he then chased through the streets of Long Beach in by the LAPD. I don't think there is a car guy alive who didn't want that GT500 after seeing the flick and now is their chance to get one of the originals. Automotive auction house COYS is planning on selling one of the original Eleanor movie cars at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham, England on January 14th.
When the producers of the 2000 remake were looking for a car to feature in the climactic chase sequence a mustang was the natural choice. In order to stand out amongst the array of exotic sports cars also featuring in the movie it was decided that the mustang would need to be something special. Famed Hot Rod illustrator Steve Stanford was enlisted to create a 1967 Mustang GT500 that would really stand out.
Designer Chip Foose was then hired by the production company to turn Stanford's work into a reality. Working from Stanford's drawings with Ray Claridge of Cinema Vehicle Services in North Hollywood, new wider wheel arches, a bonnet with a prominent bulge, a deep front valance and side skirts and a spoiler incorporated into the boot lid were designed. PIAA lights were installed in both the nose and tail and a distinctive billet grille was specified. The Schmidt 17x8 inch wheels that finish off the cars external appearance were sourced while the interior was kept as a standard Shelby interior with a monster tachometer and a subtle roll hoop.
According to the supplied copy of the build sheet, in addition to the bodywork modifications, the preparation of this particular 1967 Mustang fastback involved replacing the 289 cubic inch V8 with a 351 cubic inch Ford Racing crate motor fitted with a big camshaft and 700cfm Holley 4-barrel carburetor. The suspension was lowered with coil over front suspension by Total Control Products and Wilwood disk brakes all round with 6 piston callipers on the front. Though not functional in the movie, the side exhausts were made functional by Cinema Vehicle Services when filming was completed. The Fuel Safe tank is filled through a Mach 1 cap on the C-Pillar.
Of the twelve Eleanor Mustangs made for the movie only seven survived the final cut, this car is the seventh one produced. It is also one of only two original Eleanor Mustangs still in private collector's hands. While many of the Eleanor Mustangs made for the movie were built for exterior shots only this one was created with a full interior to be used for dialogue or interior action shots featuring the actors.
COYS is estimating that this Eleanor is valued at about $150,000. Considering that the re-creations of this car usually sell for a lot more we suspect that the true value of this car is quite a bit more. What do you think?
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