Nitrous not included.
The Bullitt Mustang has had a resurgence in popularity, thanks to the launch of the new special edition Mustang Bullitt celebrating the film’s 50th anniversary and the miraculous rediscovery of the original movie car. It isn’t the only famous Mustang movie car, however.
In 1974, a seemingly indestructible Ford Mustang Mach 1, better known as the elusive ‘Eleanor’, starred in Gone in 60 seconds, which features one of the longest movie car chases in history. The film was then remade in 2000 starring Nicholas Cage and Angelina Jolie, with a custom 1967 Shelby GT500 reprising the role of Eleanor. Now, one of the original cars used in the film is heading to auction.
Sources suggest 12 Eleanor Mustangs were created for the film, five of which were destroyed during filming. This example up for sale is the real deal and was used in the street scenes in the movie. It also comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Cinema Vehicle Services.
The custom car is based on a 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback and is distinguished by its deep front splitter, wider wheel arches, larger rear spoiler, and a pair of prominent spotlights below the grille. It rides on distinctive 17-inch wheels with six-piston performance brakes, and the suspension was swapped for adjustable coilover units at the front.
Under the hood lies a 5.7-liter Ford Racing engine mated to a three-speed automatic gearbox. And no, it doesn’t have working nitrous like in the movie. This authentic Gone in 60 Seconds Eleanor Mustang will be going under the hammer at Scottsdale on January 19, but there’s no estimate for the potential selling price.
This same car was sold at the same Barrett Jackson’s Scottsdale auction ten years ago where it sold for $216,700, but more recent auctions suggest the selling price could be much steeper. Back in 2013, the main Eleanor Mustang used in the film sold for a staggering $1 million at Mecums’ Indianapolis auction.