Famous 'Eleanor' Mustang to be sold

Last updated 13:40 04/04/2013
'Eleanor' 1967 Ford Mustang from movie Gone in 60 Seconds.

AUCTION TIME: 'Eleanor', the 1967 Ford Mustang from movie Gone in 60 Seconds, is to go under the auctioneer's hammer.

'Eleanor' 1967 Ford Mustang from movie Gone in 60 Seconds.
MOVIE STAR: A montage of photographs of 'Eleanor', the 1967 Ford Mustang from movie Gone in 60 Seconds.

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The original movie car that created an epidemic of copy cats is going to auction in the US next month.

"Eleanor", a modified 1967 Ford Mustang, was the star of Gone In 60 Seconds which featured Nicholas Cage as Randall "Memphis" Raines who is forced to steal 50 cars (all coded with names of women) in one night to save the life of his brother.

While 11 Mustangs were created for the film, only three were working cars, and TorqueNews.com reports this is the last vehicle remaining.

Built by Cinema Vehicle Services, the design of the car, which is a replica Shelby version based on modified Mustang fastbacks, is the work of designer Chip Foose.

Auction house Dana Mecum calls the vehicle the "hero" car as it was driven by Cage during filming and was the one car used in movie close-ups, posters and promotional materials.

Under the bonnet is a 5.7-litre V8 which produces a 400 horsepower, while the car also features centrally-mounted driving lights, pumped fender flares and inside there is the famous "Go-Baby-Go" shift knob button for Link Lock and a (unfunctional) nitrous injection system switch.

The car, which has been in a private collection since filming, is expected to easily pass six figures with another 1967 Mustang from the movie selling for US$216,000 (NZ$256,000) in 2009.

TorqueNews.com said the "Eleanor" name was originally trademarked to a 1971 Ford Mustang for its role in the 1974 Gone in 60 Seconds movie and remains the only Mustang to have a received a movie title credit.

Here's a list of the cars that Cage, and his movie cohorts, were required to convert during the movie:

1. 1999 Aston Martin DB7: Mary
2. 1962 Aston Martin DB1: Barbara
3. 1999 Bentley Arnage: Lindsey
4. 1999 Bentley Azure: Laura
5. 1964 Bentley Continental: Alma
6. 1959 Cadillac El Dorado: Madeline
7. 1958 Cadillac El Dorado Brougham: Patricia
8. 1999 Cadillac Escalade: Carol
9. 2000 Cadillac El Dorado STS: Daniela
10. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible: Stefanie
11. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28: Erin
12. 1953 Chevrolet Corvette: Pamela
13. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Big Block: Stacey
14. 2000 Ford F350 4x4 modified pick-up: Anne
15. 1971 DeTomaso Pantera: Kate
16. 1969 Dodge Daytona: Vanessa
17. 1998 Dodge Viper Coupe GTS: Denise
18. 1995 Ferrari 355 B: Diane
19. 1997 Ferrari 355 F1: Iris
20. 1967 Ferrari 265 GTB4: Nadine
21. 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello: Angelina
22. 1987 Ferrari Testarosa: Rose
23. 1956 Ford T-Bird: Susan
24. 2000 GMC Yukon: Megan
25. 1999 HumVee 2-Door Pickup: Tracy
26. 1999 Infiniti Q45: Rachel
27. 1994 Jaguar XJ 220: Bernadene
28. 1999 Jaguar XK8 Coupe: Deborah
29. 1990 Lamborghini LM SUV: Gina
30. 1999 Lexus LS 400: Hillary
31. 1999 Lincoln Navigator: Kimberley
32. 1957 Mercedes Benz 300 SL/Gullwing: Dorothy
33. 1999 Mercedes Benz CL 500: Donna
34. 1999 Mercedes Benz S 600: Samantha
35. 1998 Mercedes Benz SL 600: Ellen
36. 1950 Mercury Custom: Gabriela
37. 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda: Shannon
38. 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner: Jessica
39. 1965 Pontiac GTO: Sharon
40. 1999 Porsche 996: Tina
41. 2000 Porsche Boxster: Marsha
42. 1961 Porsche Speedster: Natalie
43. 1988 Porsche 959: Virginia
44. 1997 Porsche 911 Twin Turbo: Tanya
45. 2000 Rolls Royce Stretch Limousine: Grace
46. 1966 Shelby AC Cobra: Ashley
47. 1967 Shelby Mustang GT 500: Eleanor
48. 2000 Toyota Landcruiser: Cathy
49. 1998 Toyota Supra Turbo: Lynn
50. 2000 Volvo Turbo Wagon R: Lisa

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