1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Eleanor from Gone In 60 seconds auction

Article by Christian A., on January 15, 2012

If you’re a true movie and car buff, you would likely know Eleanor, the 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 that was featured in the 1974 film ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’. If this is the case, you should know that this was auctioned off on Jan. 14 at the Autosport International show in Birmingham by COYS the international car auctioneers at the Autosport International show.

This vehicle is expected to raise up to £100,000. In the movie remake in 2000, the producers had to use another car (a Mustang) in an exciting chase sequence. The movie shows off a series of exotic sports cars and so this Mustang just had to be special due to the competition.

To create a 1967 Mustang GT500, famous Hot Rod illustrator Steve Stanford was enlisted to participate. The production company hired former Boyd Coddington designer Chip Foose to help out. Stanford’s drawings with Ray Claridge of Cinema Vehicle Services in North Hollywood, illustrate a new wider wheel arches, a bonnet with an obvious bulge, deep front valance and side skirts and a spoiler incorporated into the boot lid were designed.

PIAA lights can be seen in both the nose and tail. A unique billet grille was also used. The cars are fitted with the Schmidt 17x8-inch wheels. On the other hand, the interior was kept as a standard Shelby interior with a monster tachometer and an understated roll hoop. A total of 12 cars were built, five of which were stunt cars that were destroyed during filming.

The car being offered at the auction is very rare. It is one of the three ‘hero’ cars, which was built to actually function and to be used for scenes involving the main actors. The car is designated number 7. This car would probably have been used in driving shots for dialogue or interior action shots that feature the actors.

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