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Christopher Bruce2013-04-02 19:54:47

Ford Mustang Eleanor from Gone in 60 Seconds for Auction in May

Design was done by Chip Foose and spawned thousands of copy-cats

 
 
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The car has been in a private collection since filming

The 2000 remake of "Gone in 60 Seconds" brought back the car movie genre. Its success spawned multiple wannabes and copies including the long running "Fast and the Furious" franchise. Of all the cars in "Gone in 60 Seconds," the FordFordFordUnited States of America, 1903 > present92 models
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became the star, and it will go up for auction at Mecum's Spring Classic in Indianapolis.

As with any film car, multiple examples of Eleanor were created, but the one for sale was the one used for close-ups and publicity, including the poster. 

Designer Chip Foose is responsible for Eleanor's design. He mocked up the body modifications in wood and clay, and the actual pieces were in fiberglass created by Cinema Vehicle Services. The original car was a 1967 Mustang with a 289 cubic inch (4.7 liter) V8

The front suspension was replaced with lowered, reinforced coil overs with power rack and pinion steering. It also has four-wheel disc brakes with custom 17in wheels. Power comes from a 351 cubic inch (5.752 liter) Ford crate motor with 400hp. 

The interior was kept as a basically stock Mustang but replaced with a larger tachometer, fire extinguisher and a switch on the shift knob to activate the nitrous system, which is present on the car but not connected. Since filming, it has been in a private collection. 

Eleanor was responsible for launching the retro-mod style for muscle cars. The look attempts to bring the performance of American muscle cars up to modern standards. While these cars were always fast, their ability to turn and brake were poor at the time and horrible today.

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