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The movies have brought us a number of famous Ford Mustangs, however, the only one with a name is 'Eleanor', the Shelby GT500 that starred in the 1974 B-film 'Gone in Sixty Seconds', which was remade in 2000 with Nicholas Cage starring as the car-stealing central character. Such is the continuing level of interest in this type of car that production of a GT500E has resumed in America with the late Carroll Shelby's blessing, using recycled original Mustang bodyshells. Needless to say, the film created a new wave of interest in the Mustang, with a number of enthusiasts fitting the latest modifications and performance products into original Mustang fastback bodies.
Using a 1967 390GT as the starting point, the car offered here is a painstaking recreation of the famous Shelby Mustang ‘Eleanor’ GT500 made famous in the modern remake of the film. Unlike other GT500 Eleanor builds, this example was hand-built in the US in 2016 from an original 1967 Mustang Fastback.
Powered by a well-developed 390ci V8 engine fitted with a Holley carburettor 10569 and attached to a modern Tremec 5-speed manual gearbox, this car really means business. Keeping the power in-check is a front-end sway bar with coil-over shocks, 4-link rear suspension and a rear Panhard Rod, plus powerful brakes. The bodywork is finished in the correct Pepper Grey paint with metallic black stripes and the interior is replicated to a very high standard, using premium products (Procar rally seats, AutoMeter gauges, a Grant steering wheel, Flaming River tilt steering column) to be both highly functional whilst also getting the aesthetic details spot-on, with all the looks and feel of ‘Eleanor’. The full specification is available upon request.
The car has been UK-registered since December 2016, having covered just 1,500 miles since the conversion, and now wears (and will retain) the evocative registration 60 5ECS.
Offered from a private collection of very special cars that are fastidiously cared for and stored, no expense has been spared in sourcing the very best components, with incredible attention to detail, to create one of the finest 'Eleanor' Mustangs we have offered.