Nicolas Cage’s 1967 Eleanor Sells for $852,000

by Michael Satterfield

It was a big week for Mustang movie cars at Mecum's Kissimmee Florida auction with the Bullitt hero car selling for over $3.7 million and one of the original 1967 Mustang fastbacks built for the film Gone in 60 Seconds and driven by Nicolas Cage bringing in $852,500.

Originally penned by famed hot rod designer Steve Stanford, the car is arguably one of the most recognizable movie cars of the last twenty tears, Eleanor was so iconic that officially licensed replicas are still in production today. One of the original 11 cars built for use in Touchstone Pictures' 2000 film "Gone in 60 Seconds" by Cinema Vehicle Services, the car was a "hero car" used in various interior and exterior film scenes and was recently fully restored by Cinema Vehicle Services with approximately 90 miles since completion.

Powered by a blueprinted HiPo 351 CI V-8 engine topped with aluminum heads and an Edelbrock Performer intake manifold, a roller camshaft, headers with stainless side-exit exhaust with Magnaflow mufflers, and an MSD ignition system are just part of the powertrain make up. A Tremec TKO 5-speed manual transmission and a hydraulic clutch with Quicktime bell housing and a Wenco driveshaft delivers power to the 3.70 Positraction differential, while power steering and Wilwood disc brakes along with a Total Control Products suspension all conspire to make this car a truly riveting ride. But, the NOS system, which lends the engine an additional 100 to 125 HP, takes it over the top, just as anyone would expect from Eleanor.

via Mecum