“First you get the money, then you get the power, then you get the woman.” – Tony Montana
Or is it get the money first, then the car, and the rest will follow? Perhaps that will be case if you’re the proud owner of this original Eleanor Shelby used none other than by Nicolas Cage himself in the 2000 remake of the 1974 classic hit, “Gone in 60 Seconds”. It was sold in Dana Mecum’s Auction for a staggering $1.1 million. Though there has been more than one Eleanor custom built for the 2000 movie, this Shelby is Cage’s favourite, his own personal hero car which he drove himself towards the end of the film.
This particular Eleanor was designed by hot-rod designer Steve Stanford with the help of coachbuilder Chip Foose, and was forged in the workshop of Cinema Vehicle Services (CVS). On the outside, this head turner comes with a fibre glass body, central-mounted driving lights, pumped fender flares, a unique hood and trunk, and 17-inch Schmidt Cobra-style rims with Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. Its 400 horsepower comes from a 351 Ford V-8 crate engine with features that include a four-speed manual transmission, lowered suspension with coilovers, 4-wheel disc brakes, a Go-Baby-Go shift knob button and a nitrous injection system. Though this lady is built for speed, you’ll probably have second thoughts on switching its nitro system if it has a dangling price tag of $1M. Such need for speed can instantly vanish, and snap you back into your senses.
The auction winner also received a certification of the vehicle’s authenticity from CVS and a special plaque that includes the VIN. Though this particular Eleanor Mustang has not always come up for sale – in fact, there has only been two auctions held for the past five years – fret not. If you missed out on the latest auction, you can still have your hands on an Eleanor Mustang from the guys behind Classic Recreations. All they need is a 1967 Mustang restoration shell and watch them do their magic.