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!