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5 COOL THINGS ABOUT GONE IN 60 SECONDS' ELEANOR MUSTANG

5 COOL THINGS ABOUT GONE IN 60 SECONDS' ELEANOR MUSTANG

Die-Cast Club's build-up model of the Eleanor Mustang gives you the chance to get up close and personal with the stand-out star of Gone in 60 Seconds (2000). The film grossed more than $230 million, and the Eleanor was such a success, collectors are still eager to get their hands on a replica. But it'll cost you.

Far cheaper – and more rewarding – is the new 1:8 scale model from Eaglemoss. It's the first model of the Shelby Mustang GT500 officially licensed by Denice Shakarian Halicki, wife of the late H.B. "Toby" Halicki, creator of the franchise, and lets you really appreciate how awesome this custom Mustang really is…

 

1. It's Not The First Eleanor

Here's the first thing you need to know: Eleanor isn't the first car to take that name. The original Eleanor Mustang appeared in 1974 Gone in 60 Seconds. But that Eleanor looked very different.

It was a yellow 1971 Ford Mustang Sportsroof, customized to look like a 1973 model. It was a striking design but does share one aspect with the 2000 Eleanor. The stripe running across the hood of the mustard Mustang can also be seen across the Pepper Gray front of the 21st Century counterpart.

 

2. The First Eleanor Survived The Longest Movie Chase Scene

The 1974 movie similarly saw its lead character, played by Toby Halicki, tasked with stealing 48 cars within a short timeframe, with each given a female codename (hence "Eleanor"). While the 2000 film featured lots of breath-taking stunts, the original Gone in 60 Seconds boasts the longest car chase in cinematic history!

For over 40 minutes, the police chase Eleanor through California – and 93 cars were wrecked in the process, all owned by Halicki himself. Astonishingly, the Mustang makes it through without being a write-off.

3. "Go-Baby-Go" Gear Stick

But of course, Gone in 60 Seconds isn't all about the epic chases. It's about the cars themselves… and how you feel sitting in the driver's seat.

It's worth highlighting how neat the dash is. It's a black and silver brushed aluminum unit behind an 18-stud wood and aluminum steering wheel. The customized "Go-Baby-Go" gear shifter quickly became synonymous with the film, egging Nicholas Cage's character, Memphis Raines, on as he outruns the authorities.

 

4. Nicholas Cage Performed Many Of His Own Stunts

Cage loved the Mustang so much, he bought one for himself after the movie's release. In fact, he was so at home in Eleanor that he performed many of his own stunts, increasing its sense of realism. He attended classes at various race car schools, including the Bobby Ore Stunt Driving School.

Ore also performed as a stunt driver on the film itself, and further trained fellow Gone in 60 Seconds stars, Angelina Jolie, Delroy Lindo, Giovanni Ribisi, and Scott Caan.

 

5. The Super-Powered NOS Tank

So what is it that gives Eleanor the edge over other cars? That is, aside from its cool design, 17-inch knock-off tire rims, vinyl low-back front seats, and stainless exhaust with dual Magnaflow mufflers?

It's the Nitrous Oxide System (NOS), of course! The NOS switch can be found on the dash. And in the trunk, you'll see the NOS tank, which injects the concoction into the 750-horsepower small-block racing engine, capable of powering the car through California and beyond.

 

Want Your Own Eleanor?

The Eleanor Mustang is a copyrighted brand name, so you can buy a full replica, made to your own specifications. Yes, you'd want to show if off, but would you really risk it getting dented in a car park or rear-ended at a junction?

If you want to get your own Eleanor, check out Die-Cast Club's 22 inch-long model. Collect each issue to build a 1:8 scale Mustang GT500, with all the minutiae you'd expect, and more, like: an intricate dashboard featuring rev counter, fuel gauge, and NOS switch; hood pin coming from the front grille; studded fuel cap; customized "LYN 274" license plate; a steering wheel which actually moves the tires; and working head- and tail-lights.

Each instalment includes a magazine that guides you through making the model and takes you behind the scenes of Gone in 60 Seconds. It's the perfect collectible for car enthusiasts and film buffs! Secure yours now by subscribing through the Die-Cast Club.

Build your own Eleanor Mustang!

 

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