The Ford Mustang that portrayed "Eleanor" in the Gone in 60 Seconds remake (that's the one with Nic Cage) just sold for $1,000,000 at the Mecum Indianapolis auction.
Eleanor is just as much a star of the movie as Cage was, and it was considered the object of desire that drove the whole film. Though a number of Mustangs actually portrayed Eleanor throughout filming, the one that sold today was actually the "hero car," used in close-ups, promotional materials, and posters. It was so popular that it rejuvenated the whole resto-modding scene, spawning a number of clones (such as the one pictured above).
The modifications to Eleanor are extensive, which as fitting as it was being sold by the original shop that produced it. From Mecum:
The builders were able to mock up Eleanor's body pieces on a Mustang using clay and wood. Molds were then made to produce a new fiberglass front end filled with high-powered PIAA driving lights, new fender flares, side skirts and scoops, hood and trunk lid. The front suspension was replaced with a lowered and reinforced coilover spring arrangement with power rack and pinion steering; 4-wheel disc brakes were installed and Goodyear Eagle F1 tires mounted on Schmidt 8x17-inch Cobra-style wheels. To give the car big-screen performance, it was treated to a 351/400 HP Ford crate engine, which shares room under the modified hood with a front subframe body brace by Total Control Products, LLC.
In case you're forgetting what made the car so great, have a look back at the chase scene that defined the film:
Hat tip to Creative Accidents!
Photo credit Nick Ares