The Eleanor Mustang Is Back And Can Be Yours For $189,000

It’s been nearly 18 years since Nicolas Cage starred in the remake of Gone in Sixty Seconds but the Ford Mustang known as Eleanor is still instantly recognizable after all this time.

The model is highly sought after and the Fusion Motor Company has announced it secured the rights to build “officially licensed Eleanor Mustang Fastbacks.” As the company explains, they inked a deal with Gone in 60 Seconds co-producer Denise Halicki whose late husband, H.B. “Toby” Halicki, created and starred in the original movie in 1974.

Fusion president Yoel Wazana meet Halicki through mutual friends and the two discussed his Eleanor tribute car that was built by another manufacturer. Wazana says the car had a number of issues including bad Bondo transitions and a fiberglass body that sagged and vibrated. After Halicki toured Fusion’s fabrication shop, she felt the company should build the latest Eleanor Mustangs.

Each model is based on a 1967 or 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback and the donor cars are stripped to their shells and given a complete overhaul which includes the installation of new reinforcements and a Detroit Speed Aluma-Frame front IFS kit. The cars are also equipped with a custom multi-link rear suspension, Wilwood brakes, and a Currie Enterprises Ford 9-inch rear end. Other highlights include a limited-slip differential, carbon fiber components, and LED lighting units which look period correct when they are shut off.

Inside, drivers will find factory-style lowback bucket seats, a tilt steering column, and an air-conditioning system. Other niceties include power locks and an audio system with Bluetooth connectivity. A variety of options are available including Recaro racing seats, custom Auto Meter gauges, and an infotainment system with GPS navigation.

Five different Roush V8 engines are available and the entry-level unit is a 5.0-liter V8 that produces 430 hp (320 kW). A supercharged variant bumps the output to 600 hp (447 kW), while there are also three 427 cubic inch engines with outputs of 480 hp (357 kW), 560 hp (417 kW) and 750 hp (559 kW). These can be connected to either a five or six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

Pricing starts at $189,000 and it takes about six months to build the car.

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  • Bo Hanan

    Singer Porsche is money better spent. This thing has run its course.

    • exeptor

      IMHO this car brings the same emotions (looks and sound) as the Singer and is at least three times cheaper. Obviously we cannot compare them in terms of build quality, materials, handling, etc. but still the sublime feeling to be in (not even drive) one of them for me is on the same level.

      • Infinite1

        +1

        • annon

          +2

  • Six_Tymes

    Very cool. A black one please.

  • As the observer of unknown car maker I can definitely pointed out few things here.

    1. This car is not licensed by Shelby, since the Cage’s Gone in 60 Seconds Eleanor is build by them and originally Caroll Shleby licensed Unique Performance (long story, basically scammers) and after they got busted by the police. He gave the license to Classic Restorations who created GT500 CR replica complete with Shelby badging and included in Shelby registry.

    2. This Fusion Motor Company inked a deal with the original producer of 1974 Gone in 60 seconds movie and NOT the Cage’s version that features this style of Mustang. The 1974 uses relatively standard Mach 1 Mustang instead. And that it seems the “Eleanor” name belong to the 1974 movie producer.

    3. “the two discussed his Eleanor tribute car that was built by another manufacturer. Wazana says the car had a
    number of issues including bad Bondo transitions and a fiberglass body that sagged and vibrated.”

    This meant that Classic Restoration official version is actually badly made and didn’t represent six digit sum car. Interesting to note since they now also made restomod Mustang and Camaro.

    • Bo Hanan

      Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

      • Glad that I still have skills to put people to sleep! 😀

        • Bo Hanan

          WE always give each other crap on our comments. I’m just keeping that going. (smile)

          • Well if you see it as a crap, I always sees it as good discussions. It’s a shame that not all people understand it. 🙂

  • eb110americana

    I honestly never cared for the Eleanor Mustang. There’s too much tacked on to make this resto-mod work for me. For all the extra stuff, I feel it falls short of the original Shelby GT500s.

    • True, sometimes it bothers me to see modern car parts in an old car.

  • LWOAP

    I’d take this. It’s far more memorable than Nicholas Cage’s movie career to be honest. It won’t ever be better than the original but it’s still nice.

  • Vassilis

    Stunning!

  • ZYGIUS

    Pick. No. 11 is not from this car, am I wrong?

  • Infinite1

    Considering that fully restored ones are well over 100k from private sellers, this isn’t a bad deal plus it’ll built from the ground up so virtually everything is new with a new reinforced chassis. Good to see classics such as the Eleanor being revived and restored.

    • But unlike the original the price won’t go up and well this is the second attempt. The “official” one is made by company called Classic Restorations, but it seems that the creator of this one tried the Classic Restorations version and criticized it heavily.

  • Maricaibo

    Too many reflections on the body. Hard to see the lines.

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