Famous Cars: Eleanor from 'Gone in 60 Seconds'
Here at Lakeview Automotive, we love classic cars, and we’d be willing to bet that you do too. There are few things better than coming across one that looks good, runs smoothly, and drives even better than you’d expect. While it’s not that uncommon to stumble across a T-Roof Corvette or a vintage ‘60s Charger out on the streets, there’s nowhere else you can see the full power and style of these classic muscle cars than in the movies. And there’s one that everyone can’t help but drool over: Eleanor, the 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 from Gone in 60 Seconds.
Designed and built specifically for the 2000 movie based on the 1967 vehicle, Eleanor has all the raw appeal of the original version, stacked with all the technology and capability of a modern muscle car. With customized panels, slick 17-inch Cobra style wheels, upgraded lights and suspension, and a heart-pounding 400 HP engine under the hood, she’ll get you where you want to go – and look, feel, and sound great as she does it!
Eleven versions of Eleanor were built for the film, as the filmmakers needed access to different parts for different shots, at various levels of wear and tear. Only three of the cars actually worked, with one of them being carefully cared for and used for interior shots, promo material, and other close-ups. That particular model sold for a cool million dollars at an auction in 2013, with the others – and other replicas built to look like them – selling for anywhere from $100,000 to $270,000 over the years.
Did you know that this car, and the movie it appears in, are actually remakes of an original 1974 film of the same title? It’s famous for having one of the longest car chases in cinema history, an entire 40 minutes, which goes through five California cities and destroys 93 cars! It is also notable for the amount of stunts it had – many of which injured lead actor H.B. Halicki, who suffered broken ribs, a broken leg, and compacted vertebrae at various points during shooting.
Interested in getting an Eleanor to call your very own? You can do that, too: Fusion Motor Company from Los Angeles has the exclusive rights to build customized versions of this classic muscle car, and they’ve even upped the ante by throwing more power under the hood. If you’re willing to shell out, you can get a V8 engine with up to 750 HP. With the base models starting around $200,000 USD, you might want to start saving if you’d like to take a rip in it, though.
And hey – even if your current vintage car doesn’t have a price tag quite that high, we’d still love to see it, and keep it running at its peak performance. At Lakeview Automotive, we just love working on cars, period! We can install mods, fix problems, identify trouble areas, and basically, keep your automotive baby purring as it should. Drop us a line today to find out what we can do for you!
Mustang Upgrades in Calgary
Summertime in Calgary can be a wonderful thing: the skies are bright and blue, the sun is shining…and all the nice cars come out from hibernation! One of the most enduring vehicles that you see on the city streets in terms of style, substance and speed is an old classic that has only gotten better with age: the Ford Mustang.
Synonymous with power, flair, and an unmistakeable appearance, a Ford Mustang has been a staple on North American highways for decades. And if you’re the proud owner of one of these cars – well, first off, good choice! And secondly…are you getting the full potential out of your Mustang?
You might have been told that the price is too steep to upgrade your classic Mustang, or that getting more horsepower is impossible, or that driving it in the winter is the worst thing you can do. But all of those just plain aren’t true – and we know that, because we’re the Mustang service specialty shop in Calgary that takes care of all your Mustang upgrades and service, even when nobody else will.
We’re not kidding! You could bring a GT in to our shop and ask to crank it up to 1,000+ HP, and we can do it. We can outfit you with the best winter tires for your ride, because even our owner uses his 700+ HP Mustang in the depths of the Calgary winter. And we don’t just make your car run better, we make it look better, too! We install body kits, take care of body work, modify your chassis, and do other aesthetic upgrades as well – it’s like you’re in the UPGRADE section of a racing game, and you’ve got all the options to choose from.
And the best part for you? We consider ourselves lucky to be working on the cars we love and making them the best they can be. We don’t feel the need to charge more for classic or rare cars – we treat them the same as normal, more recent models, and in fact (unlike many shops) we charge less for them than usual! We simply love taking on new challenges and finding ways to tackle difficult projects. That’s why we want you to come in with your Mustang – even if you think your idea is impossible, even if it’s never been done before – come in for a meeting and we’ll do everything we can to make it happen! We’ll invite you right into the back of the shop as we work, so you can even see exactly what we’re doing and find out why it’s happening. We’ll gladly explain our thought process and what we’re working on, so you can be involved with your vehicle too! We like to be transparent and open, so that you feel confident we’re taking your Ford Mustang to the top of its potential.
And hey…if you’re a car person yourself, and you’ve just built a car…congratulations! Bring it in to us for a digital vehicle inspection, where we’ll do a classic car inspection and send you a “report card” with pictures. That way you’ll be informed about any issues that may have come up, with documentation and records that you can use for reference.
Need more proof? Last year we sponsored the International Mustang Meet right here in the city, for the simple fact that it allowed us to see so many amazing cars from around the province, the country, and the world. If you’re looking for anything related to upgrading your Mustang in Calgary, you’ve come to the right place! Simply give us a call at 403-242-1575 to find out how we can sweeten up your ride, or drive on down to our shop at 425 58 Ave SE. We’ll be ready for you!