Eleanor is heading for the auction block.
The Ford Mustang has featured in more films than we'd venture to count. But if we had to pick one in which it stood out the most, well... that'd probably be "Bullitt," and that one's coming up for auction too. But a close (okay, maybe distant) second would be Eleanor, the pony car from "Gone in 60 Seconds."
While the original film from 1974 featured a 1971 Ford Mustang sportsroof coupe (restyled as a '73 model) in the role, the remake from 2000 starring Nicholas Cage gave that role to a Shelby GT500 – or rather a '67 Mustang GT fastback that was fashioned to look like one.
Cinema Vehicle Services out of North Hollywood, California, made eleven of them for the film's production, including the one you see here. It features a blueprinted 350-cubic-inch (5.7-liter) V8 upgraded with an Edelbrock intake, MSD ignition, and aluminum head, camshaft, and radiator, mated to a five-speed Tremek manual with a hydraulic clutch and Hurst shifter with the famous "Go Baby Go" button to activate the 125-horsepower NOS boost. A Positraction 3.70 differential helps get the power down, with Wilwood disc brakes, power steering, and an upgraded suspension keep it all under control (or as close to it as possible).
The list of upgrades goes on and on, but the sum total was probably greater than the GT500 it sought to represent on the silver screen. And it looks the part, too, with the black-striped Pepper Gray metallic paintjob and custom spinner wheels.
It's not every day that one of those original eleven Eleanor movie cars comes up for grabs – especially with five of them having been destroyed in production. But that day is coming up next January, when Mecum Auctions will sell this one to the highest bidder. And if precedent proves anything, it could sell for over a million bucks.
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