The Ford Mustang that portrayed “Eleanor” in the Gone in 60 Seconds remake (that’s the one with Nic Cage) just sold for $1,100,000 at the Mecum Indianapolis auction.
Eleanor is just as much a star of the movie as Cage was, and it was considered the object of desire that drove the whole film. Though a number of Mustangs actually portrayed Eleanor throughout filming, the one that sold today was actually the “hero car,” used in close-ups, promotional materials, and posters. It was so popular that it rejuvenated the whole resto-modding scene, spawning a number of clones.
The modifications to Eleanor are extensive, which as fitting as it was being sold by the original shop that produced it. From Mecum:
The builders were able to mock up Eleanor’s body pieces on a Mustang using clay and wood. Molds were then made to produce a new fiberglass front end filled with high-powered PIAA driving lights, new fender flares, side skirts and scoops, hood and trunk lid. The front suspension was replaced with a lowered and reinforced coilover spring arrangement with power rack and pinion steering; 4-wheel disc brakes were installed and Goodyear Eagle F1 tires mounted on Schmidt 8×17-inch Cobra-style wheels. To give the car big-screen performance, it was treated to a 351/400 HP Ford crate engine, which shares room under the modified hood with a front subframe body brace by Total Control Products, LLC.