One of the most instantly recognizable Mustangs is this one from ‘Gone In Sixity Seconds’. Named Eleanor, it accompanied Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie and Robert Duvall in a feature about an ex-car thief that had to steal 50 cars in one night.
As a highlight for the movie, a $250 000 project was funded to create Nicolas Cage’s personal ride. Before the movie launch, little did Ray Clarid of Cinema Vehicle Services (CVS) realize just what an icon his custom fastback bodykit would have on the Mustang community. Afterwards, countless tuning companies came out with replica kits and even complete cars that mimicked Eleanor.
Initially CVS made twelve Mustangs for movie, most which served different purposes. Some were forcused on performance or static display and two were destroyed during the filming of the final jump scene.
Seen above is the press car that was used for all the photoshoots and publicity events for the movie. Like most of the Eleanors, it has a 351 Ford Motorsport Crate engine, non-functional side exhaust, Lincoln rear-end, Schmidt 17 inch wheels, lowered suspension, bodykit, nitrous oxide kit, oversize tach and Shelby interior. The front featured a custom grill made from a Chevy Astrovan’s, PIAA Lights and all cars were painted with 44490 grey Dupont paint. Ironically, none of the mentioned cars actually had functioning nitrous oxide.
We ran into Eleanor at the Auto Collections at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas right before being shipped to its new owner in the UK.