Gone In Sixty Seconds…a Love Story…about A Mustang Car Named eleanor-vidalia


The History of This Mustang Movie If you love Mustangs, you loved the film, Gone In Sixty Seconds, whether you liked the actual movie or not. It is one of the rare films that stars a car, and one of the only ones that stars a Mustang. Some movie-goers liked the Mustang more than the movie. The 2000 Touchstone movie version of Gone In Sixty Seconds is a remake of 1974 film by H.B. Halicki. Although the idea to remake the movie was born at Disney, it found it’s way to producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Flashdance, Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Armageddon, The Rock, Con Air). Scott Rosenberg (Con Air) penned the script and then Bruckheimer got Nicolas Cage on board, with TV commercial director, Dominic Sena. Topped off with a supporting cast of Oscar winners Robert Duvall and Angelina Jolie, everyone proclaimed they had a box office hit. The plot revolves around the story of a retired car thief, Memphis Raines, who must steal 50 cars in one night in order to save his brother from an evil Crime Boss. The new movie raised the drama level by adding a death threat to lead character Memphis Raines’ (Cage) brother, Kip (Giovanni Ribisi). Yet, this was still marketing as an "action flick," and that "action" included a B I G car chase featuring a Mustang named Eleanor. Bringing Eleanor, the Concept, to Life Preproduction, producers were not sure if Eleanor was going to be a Mustang at all. "We really wanted to see a GT40 blowing through downtown L.A., flying down the L.A. River, doing all that," said production designer Jeff Mann. But even for a $90 million movie, buying that many GT40s was cost prohibitive. Mustangs were simply more affordable…so Eleanor, the Mustang, was born. "We were looking at a ’67 GT500. It’s a bitchin’ car, no doubt," continues Mann, "but does it really stack up against these other vehicles?" This is a pertinent concern in a film fueled by Ferraris. "In the context of all these other cars, it’s not necessarily going to be the hottest. That’s when Jerry kind of opened the doors for me to come up with a variation on it . . . " Building that started with famed Hot Rod illustrator, Steve Stanford, who drew an over-the-top ’67 GT500. Over $250,000 was spent on research and engineering for the Eleanor mustang. A GT 500 is The Original Eleanor, in that it was the first car designed and hand built to use as the basis of how the Mustang would appear in the movie. Eleven identical cars were used for the 40 minute chase scene of Nicolas Cage Driving "Eleanor. Former Boyd Coddington designer, Chip Foose, was awarded the job of turning Stanford’s work into a real life "Eleanor." Foose fitted the car with PIAA lights in the nose and rear backup areas, prototyped the hood, the front valance, the side skirts, the scoops, and other fiberglass parts that make up Eleanor’s body. That billet grille is designed after pieces originally developed for Chevy Astro vans. Her rims are 17" (Shelby) made by Phil Schmidt Engineering Wheels PSE (they make rims for movie and Cinema Vehicles Services) that are sheathed in P245/40ZR17 Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. Her special registration plates read: GT50067 (US-plates). Neither the side-exit exhausts nor the C-pillar-mounted fuel fillers (’71 Mach fuel doors) were functional on the cars in the film due to how the ’67 Mustang is built. With prototype pieces completed and molds made, the project passed along to Ray Claridg’s Cinema Vehicle Services(CVS), where Eleanor was assembled. Bringing Eleanor, the Car, to Life The 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 "Eleanor" was built from June 2002-march 2003 (finished in Eleanor Pepper Grey metallic) by Cinema Vehicles in North Hollywood California (1 of 15 made). Construction of Eleanor started with the CVS staff scouring Southern California want ads for ’67 and ’68 Mustang fastbacks. The cars CVS purchased ranged greatly in condition, quality and parts, with at least one Mustang GT powered by a 390. The original 390 big block motor was redone, valves seats, pistons rings, HP ca 400, new leaf springs, rear shocks, front disc brakes, rear drum and rack-and-pinion steering system. All the cars that ended up in the final film were ’67s, and none were actual Shelbys. "In all my time in this business," explains Ray Claridg, "this was the toughest show." Because of the screen time bestowed upon the Eleanor Mustang and the stunts required of her, several Eleanors would have to be built. The impovisation of the film production led to many unforeseen changes in the prototype cars. In the end, 12 Eleanors were built for filming, including 1 prototype that didn’t appear in the film, plus another 1 for the producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, and 5 of the 11 were wrecked during shooting. In reality, no 2 versions of Eleanor were alike, as each version was built to meet different needs of the film. Many of the Mustangs still remain in the CVS’ inventory, but each has been rebuilt so many times, it’s hard to determine their original condition at the time of filming. Unfortunately, CVS did not take the time to catalog all the cars during the renovation process. After the movie was released, they made 2 more Eleanor mustangs: 1 for the producer of "David Copperfield Show" and 1 for Arthur Puzelli. (Puzelli sold his Eleanor the mustang to a man in Norway.) As for the differences between the 12 Eleanor mustangs, heres what we know for sure. Some of the cars received Lincoln Versailles rear ends, and one, or more, of them was geared for a high-speed chase along the the Los Angeles River. All the cars were lowered, but some of them received a Total Control rack-and-pinion steering system and engine bay bracing. Some of the cars were built to slide around corners, some were built for jumps, while others were built just to be crushed. These cars were not built to last, win a car show or built for speed. They were built to look Hollywood fabulous in a movie, and do their special task well while filming it. Of the 12 Eleanor mustangs built, only 7 survived the film to return to CVS. What happened to the rest of the cars? Two of them were destroyed doing the final jump on Los Angeles’ Vincent Thomas Bridge. That jump was filmed in segments, and shown in the end of the film. In the first segment, a car jumped off a ramp and was totaled on landing. Another car, with a longer jump, landed in a pile of cushioning boxes, and according to stunt coordinator Johnny Martin, survived surprisingly well (but still damaged). Another car was suspended from wires between the takeoff and the landing. Even a computer-generated version of Eleanor was used during the jump. The final Mustang was completely destroyed from jumping off a platform and back down onto the bridge’s tarmac to complete the jump sequence. Two more versions of Eleanor were totaled in the film’s final scenes, as they were snatched up in a junkyard and crushed. Destroying that many Mustangs may seem like a waste, but one must sacrifice for ones art. Some Classic Car lovers feel the best Eleanor played the least glamorous role in the movie. CVS was in the process of building an Eleanor with a new Ford Motor sport 351 crate engine and all the best mechanical pieces (Versailles rear end, rack-and-pinion steering) when the production put out a call for a car to play Kip’s gift to Memphis during the poiniant ending–a ratty Shelby. The car that was in production to become the best Eleanor of them all ended up being chosen to play that car. So the best Eleanor fans see in the film, is actually the worst looking one! Although it didn’t even appear in the film at all, the best Eleanor built by CVS was made for producer Bruckheimer. It’s an actual ’67 Shelby GT500. The side-exit exhausts DO function, and so does the fuel filler in the C-pillar. The engine bay brace from Total Control and the rack-and-pinion system were also installed, but the suspension itself wasn’t touched. "There’s nothing we can’t reverse," explained Ray Claridg. This 13th Eleanor is powered by a 428 with dual quads and was converted from an automatic to a four-speed by CVS. While the impractical exhaust system hangs low, it rattled the roof at Bruckheimer Films. Although it was not used in the film, Bruckheimer’s Eleanor has the best claim to being the "real thing" of all the Eleanor Mustangs. Filming Eleanor, The Car, For Hollywood Leading man, Nicolas Cage, did a great deal of actual driving in Gone In Sixty Seconds, yet the bulk of the stunts were done by a team of Hollywood’s best stunt drivers. "We’ve had a lot of man days on this show," says stunt coordinator, Johnny Martin. "It’s been nothing but weaving through traffic and dodging cars. And we did a lot of chase scenes in the middle of the day, through downtown L.A., so that pretty much causes a lot of traffic. We’ve had more than 350 guys work in it [the movie]." Having Cage in the car so often created the illusion that he was driving Eleanor all the time. Check out the "Star Cars" section of .GearheadDIVA.com to see articles on all your favorite movie vehicles. ### SPECS FOR ELEANOR THE MUSTANG (as best I could verify them): Engine Carroll Shelby Performance 427 Aluminum FE engine Shelby Vortech Supercharger, provides 400 HP Visteon F75U high torque starter 8 Quart Canton oil pan, pick up tube, dip stick Shelby trim valve covers and air cleaner 850 CFM Holley Carburetor, Polished single line Transmission Upgraded Hi-Torque 5-speed Tremec? TKO transmission Electronic Speedo? 4130 front & rear u-joints Balanced aluminum driveshaft sized for transmission Clutch 12 1/2" Diaphragm clutch Tilton hydraulic clutch Rear End Currie 31 spline 9" posi-traction trac-locker 3.25 gears Steering Power steering Type II Total Control Products rack & pinion steering kit Baer tracker bump steer adjustable tie rods Wheels New 17X 8 Shelby rims with 245/40ZR17, Z-rated tires P245/40ZR17 Goodyear Eagle F1 tires Cooling Griffin aluminum cross flow radiator SPAL 2 each, 10" electric cooling fan, pull type SPAL 1 each, 10" electric cooling fan, push type Exhaust JBA tuned headers with ceramic plating 2 1/2" Spintech? mufflers 2 1/2" aluminum pipe side exhaust system with tips Dual 2.5" exhaust with ?H? pipe Brakes Front: Baer 13 X 1.1 Track System, PBR 2 piston aluminum Rear: Baer 12 X .81 Touring System, PBR 1 piston aluminum Slotted, cross drilled & zinc washed Adjustable rear bias proportioning valve Electrical Trunk mounted battery with heavy-duty cable MSD Ignition Control MSD Coil Interior SCAT Enterprises hi-back wrap around bucket seats LaCarra 15 wooden steering wheel for Cobras JME Enterprises with Auto Meter Shelby Signature Series Gauges 200 MPH speedometer 10,000 RPM tachometer 1/2" roll bar assembly, 4-point Eclipse? Stereo with CD & amplifier New technology A/C and heat system Cascade Audio full sound insulation Exterior Shelby emblems Complete paint & stripes Special striping for Super Snake(thin-wide-thin) Functional S/C Cobra style gas lid Sequential taillights (Shelby style) Eleanor light package Suspension Front: Total Control Products coil-over kit Rear: KYB gas shocks Shelby style traction bars Front stock sway bar Lowering blocks 3.25:1 9" Gears Fuel NOS system 125 shot Holley carburetor Unleaded gasoline capabilities 1/2 inch stainless braided fuel line In-line fuel filter Electric fuel pump and fuel regulation Fuel safe 16-gallon fuel cell ### About the Author: Lynn Julian resides in Boston as Senior Editor for Gearhead Diva at .GearheadDiva.com. Cookie Cutter Girl, 21st Century Pop Superhero, her alter ego, performed her Power Pop music on 30+ CDs. .CookieCutterGirl.com. 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