The most popular 1967 Shelby GT500 Eleanor, which became known to the world thanks to the feature film “Gone in 60 Seconds” with Nicolas Cage. This car is dark gray with two black stripes along the body, derived from the nozzles on the sides of the exhaust system, the hump on the hood, air intakes on the rear rack and two round foglights located in the center of the front bumper.
In this article we find out how new ‘Eleanor’ has appeared and make a brief review of Eleanor custom cars made by various of companies across the States.
1967 Shelby GT500 Eleanor review
His nickname Eleanor car received the plot of the original film, which was filmed in 1974. In order not to attract undue attention, hijackers assigned to each vehicle female names. However, originally named Eleanor was a 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1, but in the remake of 2000 this role went to 1967 Shelby GT500.
Cars for the movie “Gone in Sixty Seconds” are not actually original Shelby GT500. They were created at Cinema Vehicle Services factory out of the ordinary 1967 Mustang. However, against the background of Ferrari and the Lamborghini, abound in the film, a classic Ford Mustang or Shelby could easily get lost. For this reason, the car came up with a new look. On paper, it embodies an illustrator Steve Stanford, and has put into reality the famous Californian designer Chip Foose, which has manufactured hood prototypes front trim, side skirts, overhangs and other elements from fiberglass of the future Eleanor.
Gone in 60 seconds Eleanor
13 cars has been involved in the filming of the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds”, and only one of them was actually 1967 Shelby GT500 car – Personal car Jerry Bruckheimer.
In the film, at the same Shelby vehicle (seemingly!) You can see two types of gearbox. The automatic version of original surviving Eleanor sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction for $ 700,216 in 2009.
The most powerful of all the Eleanors involved in the shooting of the film, was one of the very last scene – it was powered by Ford Motorsport 351 engine (volume of 351 cubic inches, or 5.8 liters) – all the other cars were equipped with weaker Ford engines of 289 cubic inch (4.8 liter), and as conventional Mustangs with a V8.
Eleanor grille was made of parts intended for vans Chevy Astro.
On all vehicles that have been used on the film set the same wheels as Ford GT40 – 17×8-inch wheels Schmidt, with P245 / 40ZR17 Goodyear Eagle F1 tires.
The side exhaust pipe and fuel cap on the side of the body were not functional.
Modern custom Shelby GT500 Eleanor
The image of Eleanor turned so attractive that it caused a surge of interest in the Shelby GT500 and Ford Mustang 1967 model year. Many tuning companies began to build the Eleanor replicas and produce aero kits like in the movie. Some firms, such as American Unique Performance was licensed by Shelby Automobiles, however, failed to meet obligations to clients and has become bankrupt.
In 2008, Denice Halicki, co-producer of the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds” wins lawsuit against Carroll Shelby, who has licensed Eleanor replica in the movie as “the continuation of the model” of the original Shelby cars. The fact that Eleanor – a registered trademark owned by the company Halicki Films who shot the classic “Gone in 60 Seconds” in 1974, and sponsored the 2000 remake.
Today, the sole licensee of Halicki Films is a company Classic Recreations. Official replica Eleanor issued by Halicki Films license instead of “Shelby GT500E” had badges “Gone in 60 Seconds”. True production replicas Eleanor was terminated in October 2009 after the conclusion of a license agreement with Carroll Shelby to produce Shelby GT500CR, as a new extension of its original cars.
However, there are a few companies made 1967 Shelby GT500 Eleanor replicas without Shelby badges.
Custom 1967 Shelby GT500 Eleanor specs
Modern replica Shelby GT500E is usually equipped with engine capacity of 427 cubic inches (about 7 liters), but charged more than those produced in the late ’60s. For example, the car can be equipped with engine 427 C.I Crate Engine has power more than 700 HP and have a more impressive speed characteristics than the cars of the ’60s.
Some of the modern custom Shelbies has modern Ford 5.0 V8 engines with supercharger, powered about 500 HP.
Shelby GT500 Replicas equipped with 5-speed manual Tremec transmission. Acceleration to 100 km / h from 5.4 to 4 seconds depending on the engine.