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Peter Anderson | May, 21 2013 | 1 Comment

The real star of of the 2000 remake of Gone in Sixty Seconds, the "Eleanor" Mustang, went under the hammer over the weekend, selling for a cool $1.1 million.

The car, lot number S135, was part of the Indy 500's Dana Mecum 26th Original Spring Classic Auction in Indianapolis. It was also the second time the car was sold in the last five years, the first occasion on Ebay, to a private buyer from Texas.

S135 is one of eleven "Eleanor" Mustangs, and only three of them actually worked. The reason this one sold for such a high sum is down to its association with star Nicolas Cage: this was the "beauty" car used for the close-up shots and promotional work.

Perhaps it is a little curious to note that none of the cars were original Shelbys. They were instead tarted-up 1967 Mustang fastbacks built by Cinema Vehicle Services and coachbuilder Chip Foose.

The transformation involved fitting those distinctive driving lights, bigger flares on the arches and new bumpers, boot lid and bonnet.

Under that bonnet is a 351 (5.7 litre) Ford V8, good for almost 300kW and fitted with a fake nitrous kit. Mated to the "crate" V8 is an automatic transmission but fitted to the cabin is a disconnected manual shifter for looks.

The Eleanor rolls on 17-inch wheels and Goodyear F1 rubber.

If you're kicking yourself for missing out on the auction, don't worry. The original builders will cheerfully build you one for a tick under US$140,000.

While the next-generation 2015 Mustang is expected to look less like an homage to the original and more suited to world tastes, the old look still pulls in the punters with a lot of cash to spend.

One wonders if that makes the suits at Ford a little nervous…

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