A collector car -- a movie icon known as “Eleanor”-- will be put up for sale at Dana Mecum's 26th Original Spring Classic auction in Indianapolis on May 14-19. The modified 1967 Ford Mustang that starred in the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds” from Touchstone Pictures will cross the block as Lot S135. This car was driven in the movie by Memphis Raines, a retired master car thief played by Nicholas Cage.
While several cars handled the different scenes in the filming of the movie, this car is the “Hero” car that Cage drove during filming. This model with serial number 7R02C179710 is the one that was seen in movie close-ups, posters and promotional materials. The body pieces were built by Cinema Vehicle Services with the assistance of master designer Chip Foose, mocked up on a Mustang with the use of clay and wood.
The molds were then manufactured to make a new fiberglass front end, featuring high-powered PIAA driving lights, new fender flares, side skirts and scoops, hood and trunk lid. For the car’s movie appearance, it was powered by a 351/400 HP Ford crate engine, which is located together with a front subframe body brace by Total Control Products, LLC.
The Eleanor vehicle has not been revised, except for the installation of an Autometer Sport Comp Monster tach, fire extinguisher, Go-Baby-Go shift knob button for Line Lock and a switch to activate a nitrous injection system. Ray Claridge, the owner of Cinema Vehicle Services, said that Eleanor is one of the most recognized movie star muscle cars in the world.
"Eleanor has become one of the most widely recognized movie star muscle cars in the world, so when the decision was made to offer the ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ Hero car for sale, Mecum's Spring Classic auction in Indianapolis seemed like the perfect venue," commented Ray Claridge, owner of Cinema Vehicle Services. Set to be offered directly from the builder on Saturday, May 18 at the original, best and largest muscle car auction, this is truly the car that started it all.