The movie industry has given birth to several iconic vehicles over the past 50 years, but very few have reached the heights of the Ford Mustang Eleanor. The famous grey-painted muscle car gained legendary status in 2000, with the remake of the 1974 cult classic "Gone in 60 Seconds." Penned by famed hot rod designer Steve Stanford and built by Cinema Vehicle Services, the Eleanor and its high-speed stunts with Nicolas Cage behind the steering wheel became as popular as Steve McQueen’s "Bullitt" ’Stang.
Eleven cars were built for "Gone in 60 Seconds," with only three finished as fully functional vehicles and used in the film. These are known as the "Hero Cars" and have become true collectibles. All were auctioned off in the last decade, with the example used for most movie scenes and promotional photographs fetching an amazing $1,000,000. Another functional Eleanor is set to go under the hammer in December 2014, during a Mecum Auctions sale in Austin, Texas.
The unit in question, carrying VIN number 7R02C173895, is equipped with all the cool exterior, interior and mechanical bits and pieces that made the Eleanor famous. It’s the second time this model is being auctioned. Last time it changed owners in 2012 it sold for a mere £95,000 ($152,700 as of 10/24/2014), making it the least expensive of the three hero cars.