Be like Nicolas Cage in the cult Hollywood blockbuster 60 Seconds and race through the city streets in the legendary “Eleanor”. One of the official replicas of the famous movie mustang is now for sale, and it has a seven-liter eight-cylinder monster.
“The unicorn, the mythical beast, there is no chance of catching it.” These are the words that begin our introduction to the legendary “Eleanor” in the modern Hollywood blockbuster 60 Seconds (Gone in Sixty Seconds). Randall “Memphis” Raines (Nicolas Cage) must steal fifty specific cars to save his brother’s life, saving the most feared for last. It is his lifelong automotive love and curse. One of the most famous American wreckers of all time – the classic Shelby GT500.
One of the most successful car movies inspired American muscle car enthusiasts to start building replicas of the stunning movie Eleanor, but problems were not long in coming. Legal disputes arose in the United States when film producer Denice Halicki began fighting to destroy them, as she owns the copyright to “Eleanor” as a “character”, including her various styles. The construction of a new replica of the car was thus the first step towards the courtroom.
The lawsuits drag on to the present day, creating uncertainty in the automotive community. However, if you really want the legendary Eleanor and are willing to pay well for her, the perfect opportunity has just presented itself. The success of the movie car thieves has helped spawn officially licensed replicas of the iconic Mustang based on the 1967 Shelby GT500, and one of them can now be yours.
An official replica of the movie superstar will be sold at the upcoming Mecum Auctions in Las Vegas, complete with a certificate of authenticity. And it’s a real monster! The heart of the car is a huge seven-liter eight-cylinder big block connected to a four-speed manual transmission. The replica also features the iconic “Go-Baby-Go” button that adds doping to the engine from a nitrous oxide cylinder. It is popularly nicknamed “nitro”.
The only flaw in the beauty of the specially modified classic is the significantly more modern elements in the cabin, such as the seats with the movie logo or the center console. We also don’t like the cheap-looking “Gone in 60 Seconds” logo on the dashboard, but we appreciate the original signature of the famous Carroll Shelby. For cars with a cult name, this one serves as the most unreliable certificate of authenticity.
The question is how much the original replica of the movie Eleanor will end up selling for. The auction company did not release an estimate or a starting price. All that remains is to be surprised by the result. The auction company Mecum Auctions in Las Vegas will be held from November 9 to 11 this year.