When word first leaked out weeks ago that Eleanor was headed to the auction block, the buzz was immediate. This was, after all, not a mere replica. Nor was it any ordinary car. It was the modified 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 – and not one of the stunt models used in the film but the actual “Hero” car used for all close-up shots and publicity events – that stole the show right out from under Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie. Not an easy thing to do. Unless you’re Eleanor.
Eleven of the fictional Eleanor Mustangs were created for the movie, although only three of them were working cars and two of these were destroyed during filming.
The car was built by Cinema Vehicle Services and Chip Foose.
Power comes from a 400-horsepower Ford V8 crate engine mated to a four-speed manual gearbox. Other features include power steering and brakes, a lowered suspension, driving lights, custom body kit with new fender flares, side skirts with exhaust outlets and 17″ rims wrapped in Goodyear F1 tires. Inside there’s a fire extinguisher, the Go-Baby-Go shift-knob button and a nitrous injection switch.
The genuine Eleanor sold at the Dana Mecum 26th Original Spring Classic Auction in Indianapolis last week. No details about her buyer have been released.
With files from CarBuzz.com
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