History of Shelby GT500 Eleanor Mustang
- March 21, 2016
- Posted by Sutton Bespoke
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For over 20 years we have been involved in the restoration, rebuilding and upgrading of 60’s Mustangs. In particular the Pepper grey GT500 “Eleanor “so named after the remake in 2000 of Gone in 60 seconds starring Nicholas Cage.
The history of “Eleanor”
Eleanor originated in the 1974 film: “Gone in 60 Seconds” made by H.B Toby Haliki. Eleanor is the only Ford Mustang to receive a star title credits in a movie. The original Eleanor was a 1971 fastback cars restyled in 1973 for the film. This was painted on a pale yellow and the film gained cult status in the 70’s.
The 2000 remake of the film was made possible when Denise Maliki the widow of the original film maker licenced the rights to Disney to remake a film by the same name. This time Nicholas Cage has the starring role as the master thief Randall “Memphis “Raines tasked with stealing 50 cars in one night. Each car was given a female name. The last car to be stolen was “Eleanor”. On this occasion a 1967 Ford Mustang depicted as a Shelby GT500 in a modern Metallic Pepper Grey and with a customised body kit and styling. The design was created by Hot Rod illustrator Steve Stanford and made a reality by custom car designer Chip Foose.
Building further “Eleanors” for the open market
Following the success of the movie a number of companies and individuals have rebuilt and customised 1967/8 Mustangs to resemble the film car. Although he had no directly involvement in the film the late Caroll Shelby started to licence the Shelby brand to certain companies producing what have been described as “ continuation Shelby Gt500’s “. We have been involved in this market since the 2000 movie. The first company licenced by Shelby was called “ Unique Performance “ in Dallas. This company for while were producing a refurbished 67 car with new parts and the Carol Shelby signature on the dash. We visited this company with the intention of selling their vehicles in the EU and other parts of the world. However, something did not feel right and we did not engage with them.
They were shut down by the American authorities for fraud as they allegedly were “title ringing“. The practice of transferring Vin numbers from one vehicle to another! Subsequently we started to buy cars from an Oaklahoma company who were also licensed by Shelby. We imported some of these to find that the overall quality of the build was not fantastic and we ended up doing a fair amount of further work in the UK. Even this company was raided by the American authorities and vehicles ceased for allegations of title and VIN irregularities. Today Shelby Vegas has licenced 3 companies in the USA to use the Shelby brand on their Eleanor recreations. There is no real proven value is such a licence and in fact as all these are “ Restomods” ( restored and modified cars) if you want to own one we can do a lot better.
Buying an GT500CS Eleanor from Sutton
We offer a complete turnkey package for buying a 1967 Mustang restored and upgraded to GT500 Eleanor specification. We have learnt a lot from dealing with Eleanor builds and for some years now offer our own build with the best components and at a quality level that unlikely to be achieved elsewhere.
We are able to either build a car from an original 1967/68 body/ vehicle or we can supply a brand new body and chassis with all new components. You can choose from original equipment or certain modern upgrades to improve the driving and ownership experience. Take a look at one of our recent mustang restoration projects.
We can deliver a robust, powerful build that is dependable and handles with a level of predictability you would expect in a modern car. Built to your own specification from either an original body or a new body shell, each GT500 CS take about 10 months to deliver from order. Costs from £180K to £300K depending on final specification. Have a look at our Eleanor Mustang Driven.
Let us check out a Mustang before you buy
If you have bought or are contemplating buying a 1960’s Mustang let us check it out for you before you buy it. Where ever the vehicle is located we can arrange a thorough inspection to ensure you really know what you are buying and what essential and desirable repairs are needed.