GONE IN 60 SECONDS - "ELEANOR" Screen-used Hero Car
From the cult classic GONE IN 60 SECONDS, starring Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie, comes one of the most coveted movie cars in modern cinema history: the '67 Shelby Mustang GT 500, lovingly named "Eleanor" by the film's Memphis Raines (Nic Cage). Featured in arguably one of the greatest vehicular action scenes since Steve McQueen's BULLIT, 'Eleanor' has become a favorite for film & car enthusiasts. Few survived the stunt-heavy shoot; this model is the surviving “Hero / Beauty car" from the film, and is in perfect condition!
When the film was released in 2000, nobody could have predicted that, out of an all-star cast of actors and actresses, the real star of the movie would be “Eleanor", the 1967 Shelby GT500 Mustang built specifically for the film. ln the eighteen years since the movie debuted, no other Mustang is as recognizable as "Eleanor" and no movie car has been imitated more. A total of eleven 1967 and 1968 Ford Mustang Fastbacks were built for the film, and although many of those were wrecked in the stunt-heavy action sequences, a few survived filming and have since been sold, garnering, at times, 7 figure prices (even replicas now command hundreds of thousands of dollars). This 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback is the “Hero” Eleanor built for the film (also considered the “Beauty car”), and has just completed a 0-mile, ground-up restoration by the team who built her for the film, i.e. the people who know her best. Each Eleanor was built to perform a different function in the movie and so received slightly different builds, although aesthetically they were built to look identical.
This Eleanor is powered by a stroked 347ci small block Ford built by Blueprint Engines and features aluminum heads, roller cam, Edelbrock Performer intake manifold, Holley Ultra Double Pumper carburetor, MSD Pro billet distributor, MSD Blastercoil, MSDStreet Fire CDI ignition, ceramic-coated headers, March serpentine accessory drive system, Canton 6-quart deep sump oil pan and pickup, and a Nitrous Oxide Systems Powershot nitrous system. Backed up by a Tremec S-speed manual transmission, the drivetrain has also been built up using a Ram flywheel and clutch, QuickTime bellhousing, Wenco custom-built driveshaft, and a hydraulic clutch system by Modern Driveline. Out back, the rear end features a Currie rear differential housing and axles, Energy Suspension bushings, and a Posi rear diff with 3.70 Bears. To keep everything under control, the Mustang features front and rear power disc brakes with a Wilwood master cylinder with Wilwood calipers, oversized cross-drilled rotors, and front lightweight hubs, while the front end features a Total Control Products power rack and pinion steering system with Total Control front suspension and coil over shocks along with a Monte Carlo brace, tower export brace, and truss brace. Throughout the car, custom stainless brake and fuel lines have been fabricated along with a custom stainless exhaust with dual Magnaflow mufflers. lnside the cabin, the interior remains mostly stock, with the exception of Total Control Products clutch and brake pedals, an Autometer Sport-Comp Monster tachometer with shift light, and a Hurst shifter with the infamous "Go Baby Go" shift knob along with the nitrous system arming switch while the trunk houses the nitrous bottle along with a Fuel Safe fuel cell with bladder for safety.
Now, although the build itself is pretty impressive, the most alluring feature of this Mustang is that it is an authentic “Eleanor". Sure, clones can be built or bought, but there are clones and then there is the real deal and this car IS the real deal, and the most perfected one built for the movie - nothing else comes close. Sitting behind the wheel of a car that created an entirely new genre of car-builds when it was designed, this car is a piece of movie and automobile history. Like a “Bullitt" Mustang, or a "Mad Max" lnterceptor, imitations come close, but nothing compares to the real thing and knowing that makes this car beyond special.
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