Film sets are not kind to cars. Before the advent of special effects, many classics would be sacrificed in order to get the perfect shot. For the 2000 reincarnation of “Gone In Sixty Seconds,” eleven 1967 Mustang Fastbacks were transformed by Cinema Vehicle Services into the iconic “Eleanor.”
As a modern interpretation of the classic GT500, Eleanor sparked a frenzy of replications from many builders. Anyone can build a replica, but if you want the real thing, here is your opportunity. Of the eleven cars built, three were “hero cars”used by the cast, and this is one of them. Our friends at Mecum will be auctioning this car during prime time at their Monterey Auction scheduled for August 14-16.
Cinema Vehicle Services was tapped to build Steve Stanford’s vision of a 1967 Shelby. Not much original Mustang is left, as major changes were made to the body. The front end is completely customized, with a wider grille opening and recessed stainless grilles. Fenders were flared and the body lines were accentuated to give a more muscular appearance.
Inside is the classic “Go Baby Go” shift knob along with an Autometer tachometer. Under the hood is a Ford Racing 351 crate motor topped by a Holley 700 four-barrel carburetor. Air conditioning and four wheel disc brakes were also added. A letter of authenticity identifying the car as #7 of 11 from the president and founder of Cinema Vehicle Services, Ray Claridge, is included.
This film is already a classic among auto enthusiasts, so don’t miss your chance to own this piece of motion picture and Mustang history. See you in Monterey.
(Source: Mecum Auctions)