There have been a number of cars over the years that have been immortalised on the silver screen… Bond’s Aston Martin Db5. Tony Stark’s Audi R8. But Memphis Raine’s “Eleanor” from Gone in 60 Seconds will always belong in a league of her own. It wasn’t Nicolas Cage or Angeline Jolie, but the 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 that turned out to be the real star of that film.
Now, an actual “Eleanor” that was specifically manufactured by Cinema Vehicle Services for the blockbuster film, was just listed for sale by ChromeCars in Germany. Not only is the custom-designed vehicle a part of cinematic history, it also happens to be one of the most beautiful cars to have ever been created.
The one posted for sale is one of three existing hero cars that featured heavily in the film. Hero cars are fully functional vehicles in which the main actors usually shoot close-ups. Originally, eleven vehicles were built for production, but it is said only three survived. Of the surviving trio, this one is said to be in the best condition, making it particularly desirable for both film buffs and car enthusiasts.
While the 1968 Ford Mustang GT driven by Steve McQueen in the classic film Bullitt, may be the most iconic, this 1967 model doesn’t fall far behind. Designed especially for the film by Steve Stanford and Chip Foose, this version was something of a reinterpretation of the classic. Its bubble hood and aggressive aerodynamic exterior give it an even more menacing look.
Completing the package is a stunning pepper grey paint job, offset by two black racing stripes down the middle and matching “GT 500” badges that run along the bottom of the car.
You’ll have to get in touch with ChromeCars directly for the price as it’s currently unlisted, but don’t expect it to be cheap. A few years ago, Fusion Motor Company began making made-to-order replicas with prices ranging from $180,000 to $300,000.
Suffice it to say the genuine article will likely cost way more.
Image credit: ChromeCars