The 1967 Ford Mustang GT500 ‘Eleanor’ from ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ will be auctioned in May 2013 at the Dana Mecum 26th Original Spring Classic Auction in Indianapolis.
Fans of the Touchstone Pictures 2000 remake of the 1974 cult movie ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ will recognize this as the original Eleanor Mustang, the modified 1967 Ford Mustang GT500 piloted by retired master car thief Memphis Raines, played by Nicholas Cage.
Eleven cars were made but only three of them were actually working cars, while another two were completely destroyed during filming. This particular Eleanor Mustang is serial number 7R02C179710, the “Hero” car driven by Cage during filming and used in movie close-ups, posters and promotional materials, in the process launching a whole new trend in Resto Modding.
Built by Cinema Vehicle Services, the design of the car is the work of designer Chip Foose, who mocked up Eleanor’s body pieces on a Mustang using clay and wood. Moulds were then made to produce a new fibreglass front end filled with high-powered PIAA driving lights, new fender flares, side skirts and scoops, hood and trunk lid. The front suspension was replaced with a lowered and reinforced coil-over spring arrangement with power rack and pinion steering; 4-wheel disc brakes were installed and Goodyear Eagle F1 tyres mounted on Schmidt 8×17-inch Cobra-style wheels.
To give the car big-screen performance, it was treated to a 351/400 HP Ford crate engine, which shares room under the modified hood with a front subframe body brace by Total Control Products, LLC.
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