This 1968 Mustang Is The Closest Thing You'll Get To The Original Eleanor

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It has undergone a complete and thorough restoration.

Few movie cars have been lusted after as much as 'Eleanor,' the 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 from the more modern version of Gone in 60 Seconds. Today, there are only three known examples to have survived from the eleven Eleanor Mustangs that were built, so they're nearly impossible to come by and astronomically expensive when they do.

For anyone else wanting a taste of this famous machine, a more viable alternative is to find an officially licensed Eleanor. One such example is now going up for auction at no reserve and it's a gorgeous Pepper Gray 1968 model that will make its way to Houston. Listed by Barrett-Jackson, this Mustang Eleanor Tribute Edition will be hot property.

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Barrett-Jackson

This officially licensed and certified Eleanor build comes with genuine Eleanor certification paperwork, emblems from Gone in 60 Seconds LLC, and an Eleanor body VIN plate. Since it underwent its complete rotisserie restoration, it has completed a mere 350 miles.

The transformation into Eleanor began with rust-free bare metal that was then reassembled, and all the movie-correct Eleanor accessories and body alterations were implemented. Along the center of the body are the distinctive black double stripes, and the custom exhaust system ends in pipes sticking out of the sides, where they should emit a wonderful growl from the 5.0-liter Coyote V8.

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The V8 is mated with a Tremec TKO manual transmission, and it comes with a high-performance aluminum radiator. Digging deeper below the bodywork, there is a custom suspension and chassis with an independent coilover front suspension. Wilwood disc brakes are found at every corner and have drilled and slotted rotors.

Those familiar American Racing wheels are wrapped in high-performance tires, and overall, it's just about a perfect recreation of the movie star car with the right dose of modernity to make it drive as good as it looks.

Moving inside, there is an all-black interior, although the dark look is relieved by the thin wooden rim of the steering wheel.

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Barrett-Jackson

The listing states that show-ready LED lighting can be found in the cabin, and this extends to the chassis area and engine compartment, perfect for displaying the car to the many admirers it is likely to attract.

To complete this amazing package, the car comes with a 30x40-inch Gone in 60 Seconds framed official movie poster.

What will it sell for? Well, probably not as much as the original Eleanor Mustang from the film that sold for over $1 million almost a decade ago. Still, these certified Eleanors are rare and special beasts, so it should go for well into six-figure territory. Plus, it does a much finer impression of the original than the remake of the movie.

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Barrett-Jackson

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