Like the original, the 2000 remake of Gone In 60 Seconds famously featured a beautiful Ford Mustang. But the latter-day version starred “Eleanor”, which was of 1967 vintage done up to look like a modified Shelby Mustang. And of the 11 cars used in the film, only the #7 car survives. This sweet Eleanor Mustang was on the Mecum auction block in Austin, Texas on December 12-13. But it failed to sell.
The surviving car actually was the ‘beauty’ car for Nicholas Cage. It was used for close-ups and promotional efforts, according to Motor Authority.
A Ford Racing 351ci crate motor with a Holley 700cfm 4-barrel carburetor was responsible for powering Eleanor, but there is more to the package than meets the eye.
- 1 of 11 original Eleanor cars built by Cinema Vehicle Services
- 1 of 3 “Hero”cars (used for scenes involving the actors) used in the film
- Letter of authenticity from Ray Claridge of CVS included
- VIN 7R02C173895
- Custom body kit with fender flares, side exit exhaust, trunk lid and hood designed by Steve Stanford
- Ford Racing 351ci crate motor
- 4-speed manual transmission
- Go Baby Go shifter knob
- Schmidt 17-inch wheels
- 4-wheel disc brakes
- Holley 700cfm 4-barrel carburetor
- Limited slip rear end
- Air conditioning
- High-volume fuel pump
- Lecarra steering wheel and sport comp tach
- Side exit exhaust added by CVS after the movie’s completion
The current owner bought the Eleanor 18 months ago for a cool million, but a glance on Mecum’s page shows that bidding in Austin stopped at $380,000. Anyone up for halfsies?