The famous 1967 Ford Mustang that was used in the 2000 feature film “Gone In 60 Seconds,” starring Nicolas Cage, has sold at auction for $1 million.
The specialty Mustang -- nicknamed "Eleanor" in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced movie -- was driven by Cage’s character, retired master car thief Randall "Memphis" Raines.
While 11 of the fictional Eleanor Mustangs were created for the movie, only three were actual working cars. Two of the vehicles were destroyed, leaving just one Eleanor to be used as a primary "beauty" car for close-ups and promotional efforts. The car was sold at the Dana Mecum 26th Original Spring Classic Auction in Indianapolis last week.
Described in the movie as an original 1967 Shelby GT500 -- one of the most famous high-performance production vehicles ever made by the Ford Motor Co. -- the car used in the movie was actually a 1967 Mustang fastback. According to Motor Authority, the car’s exterior design, which included such original Shelby GT500 features as centrally mounted driving lights, pumped fender flares, and unique hood and trunk, was custom-built by Cinema Vehicle Services with the help of legendary coachbuilder Chip Foose. Despite its flaw of not being an original Shelby GT500, Eleanor packs a 351 Ford V-8 crate engine, rated at 400 horsepower -- enough muscle to keep up with the best of today’s high-performance supercars.
Other specs include a four-speed manual transmission, lowered suspension with coilovers, 17-inch wheels shod with Goodyear F1 tires and a faux nitrous kit.
Along with the car, the winner of the auction received a certification of the vehicle’s authenticity from the company that built it and a special plaque that includes the VIN.
"Gone in 60 Seconds"-Eleanor Intro
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