A few weeks ago we posted an article about the original Eleanor Mustang movie car going up for auction. This collector car icon was piloted in the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds” by retired master car thief Memphis Raines, played by Nicholas Cage. Several cars were built to handle various duties in the filming of the movie but this is the “Hero” car driven by Cage during filming and the model used in movie close-ups, posters and promotional materials.
Well the car just sold for a cool US$1-million.
The car was put up for auction by Cinema Vehicle Services, the company responsible for producing the twelve cars used in the movie. Built with the help of master designer Chip Foose, the body pieces of Eleanor were mocked up on a Mustang using clay and wood. Moulds were then made to produce a new fiberglass front end filled with high-powered PIAA driving lights, new fender flares, side skirts and scoops, hood and trunk lid. To give the car big-screen performance, it was treated to a 351/400 HP Ford crate engine, which shares room with a front subframe body brace by Total Control Products.
Ray Claridge, owner of Cinema Vehicle Services commented,
Eleanor has become one of the most widely recognized movie star muscle cars in the world, so when the decision was made to offer the ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ Hero car for sale, Mecum’s Spring Classic auction in Indianapolis seemed like the perfect venue.
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