Go-Baby-Go. 750HP Eleanor Fastback Mustang Can Be Yours
Eleanor – the name can only mean one thing to car fans; but actually refers to two different Mustangs. Eleanor was the star of the 1974 cult classic movie “Gone in 60 Seconds“, as well as the remake starring Nicholas Cage in 2000.
The 1974 movie featured a yellow “1973” Mustang but was really a 1971 model that was bought new by the director/writer and star H.B. Halicki. Unfortunately, financing delayed filming until 1973, so Halicki swapped grills to have an updated look. The Mustang was the goal of a car thief (Halicki) and gained a cult following after a gripping car chase. There were two cars used during production but they were used to depict four different cars in the script.
In 2000, the film was remade – but this time Eleanor was a metallic gray ’67 fastback Shelby Mustang GT500. The customized kit was designed by Steve Stanford and was an instant classic that had car collectors wanting to own a new Eleanor. At least eleven ‘67 Mustangs were used in the remake and several have surfaced for sale. One was sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction in 2009 for $216,700. A different one sold in 2013 at a Mecum Auction for a cool one million dollars. Three were functional cars and the balance were just shells used for filming. This Mustang version has often been cloned by others seeking the look and feel of that beauty.
Fans seeking to replicate the 2000 version of Eleanor typically find a 1967 Mustang, paint it to match and then add components to suit their desires. Now Fusion Motor Company, under exclusive license from Halicki’s widow, offers a build-to-suit “Eleanor” Mustang.
You could select a different color scheme or stick to the original Pepper Gray and Black. The body kit they use is comprised of carbon fiber. The company offers a choice of five different Roush motors with horsepower ranging from 430-750. Mate it to one of three different transmissions and then start clicking off options for suspension components, exhaust, and interior details.
The company can even make this Mustang a right-hand drive unit if desired.
Building Eleanor from scratch takes a while and a large chunk from your wallet. But for fans of the movie and the car, it is worth waiting for.