The Autosport International show will be taking place on Saturday 14th January, and there is one thing that caught my eye. COYS, the international car auctioneers, will be holding an auction. One lot is a famous car from a Hollywood movie. Even more so, it featured in my December Column as one of my top 5 cars.
From the 2000 film ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’, the 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 ‘Eleanor’ was the star. It had wide arches, a custom bonnet, front spoiler, PIAA lights, custom rear spoiler and was finished in a grey colour with black racing stripes. The work was the creation of Ray Claridge of Cinema Vehicle Services, North Hollywood.
Twelve cars were built in total, five of which were stunt cars that didn’t survive the filming. The car being sold is one of the very small number that remains.
More specifically, this is one of the three ‘hero’ cars. This means that it was used for acting shots as well as being fully functional.
According to the supplied copy of the build sheet, in addition to the bodywork modifications, the preparation of this particular 1967 Mustang fastback involved replacing the 289 cubic inch V8 with a 351 cubic inch Ford Racing crate motor fitted with a ‘big’ camshaft and 700cfm Holley 4-barrel carburettor. Total Control Products lowered the suspension with coil over front suspension and Willwood disk brakes all round with 6 piston callipers on the front. Though not functional in the movie, the side exhausts were made functional by Cinema Vehicle Services when filming was completed. The Fuel Safe tank is filled through a Mach 1 cap on the C-Pillar.
The car is unchanged from when it starred in the film, and is in good condition. The paint and bodywork are well maintained, and the interior is free from significant markings.The car is expected to fetch up to £100,000
Chris Routledge, Managing Director at COYS said “We have a reputation for selling some of the most famous movie cars in the world including the Batmobile. The Eleanor Mustang is one of only two original cars in private hands. We are offering an unrepeatable opportunity to acquire one of the cars that actually appeared in the movie and which will undoubtedly increase in value in years to come.”