Yet Another Gone in 60 Seconds Movie Car Up For Auction

It was only a few months ago that we all were stunned when an original Gone in 60 Seconds Eleanor ‘Hero’ car sold at a Mecum auction for a cool $1 million dollars. Well This weekend just past another such car featured in the movie has crossed the auction block again at Mecum. This time in Chicago.

At the time of writing we could not ascertain if the car sold. But one thing is for sure it is not the last Eleanor movie car we will see going up for auction.

Here are the particulars.


– “Hero Car” from the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds
– 1 of 11 original Eleanor cars built by Cinema Vehicle Services
– 1 of 3 Hero cars used in the film (used for scenes involving the actors)
– VIN 7R02C173895
– An iconic and timeless design by Steve Stanford
– Custom body kit with fender flares, side exit exhaust, trunk lid and hood
– Ford Racing 351 CI crate motor
– 4-speed transmission
– Go Baby Go shifter knob
– Schmidt 17″ wheels
– 4-wheel disc brakes
– Holley 700 CFM 4-barrel carburetor
– Positraction rear end
– Air conditioning
– High volume fuel pump
– Lecarra steering wheel, sport comp tach
– Side exit exhaust added by CVS after the movie’s completion
– Letter of authenticity from Ray Claridge of CVS included
– Designated by CVS as car #7
– Sold on Bill of Sale and United Kingdom registration

eBay Find: Gone in 60 Seconds 65′ Mustang “Testbed Terror” Test Car

We all know that for the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds 11 examples of ‘Eleanor’ were created by Cinema Vehicle Services in North Hollywood. The various cars were each unique in their build. Some with beefed up suspension, some were created for close ups and some were just spares for sequences like the famous ‘crush’ ending. Though what is a little known fact is all the actors are required to go to driving school before filming to ensure they able to handle the vehicles they will be driving on set.

One car now available on eBay claims to be the test vehicle Nicholas Cage used to hone is driving skills for the movie. The 1965 289 4V Mustang dubbed “Testbed Terror” was created by Terry Buch who was the owner of Total Control Products or TCP out of California. The unique fact here is the TCP were also the supplier of the steering and suspension products for the 11 cars used in the blockbuster.

The car is for sale at a decent $250,000 and if not sold on eBay will be consigned to Barrett Jackson for auction in 2014.

We’ve pasted the car build sheet below but we highly suggest you check out the eBay auction as it is packed with more history and documentation about this vehicle.

[ebay] via [MustangsDaily]

Build Sheet for the car:

• Everything on the exterior has been restored or replaced.
• Recently repainted black with painted flat black GT350 racing stripes and lower rocker decals.
• Fiberglass hood: 1967 Shelby style hood for a 1965-66 Shelby.
• Fiberglass apron: 1965-66 Shelby “R” model valance.
• Fiberglass trunk: 1968 Shelby trunk with end caps.
• M detail custom billet aluminum grille with “R” style valance grille.
• Tri-bar vintage style head lamps.
• 1965 Mustang GT Fastback fog lamps.
• 1966 Shelby GT350 rear quarter panel windows.
• 1966 Shelby GT350 side scoops with brake air ducting kit.
• 1969 remote control racing mirrors.
• Custom built hand rolled metal fender flares front and rear.
• Billet Specialties lighted license plate frame with 3rd brake light.
• New door handles.
• All windows have been tinted.
• Shelby GT350 emblems on front fenders.
• Cobra black gas cap.
• 17 X 8 GT40 Style wheels that were painted black in the centers.

• Everything in the interior has been restored or replaced.
• JME Enterprises polished billet aluminum instrument bezel with AutoMeter Pro-Comp Ultra Lite Gauges.
• Cobra wood steering wheel.
• Alpine CDA-9887 CD/MP3/AAC receiver iPhone compatible. Eclipse EA-3532 5/4 channel power amplifier with channel flex crossover. Diamond Technology speakers in the dash, doors and rear deck speaker box. Pioneer enclosed subwoofer in spare tire mount.
• Passenger column mounted map light.
• Total Control Products aluminum pedal covers.
• Billet Specialties aluminum door and window handles.
• Hurst Shifter.
• Pro Car Scat leather seats.
• Simpson 4 point camlock seat belts.
• Shelby “R” model 4 point roll cage modified for rear seat entry.
• Amerex ABC chrome fire extinguisher.
• Dynamat Xtreme coverage on floors, doors and rear deck panel.
• Cobra black carpeted floor mats.
• Testbed terror dash plaque with Cobra snake.

Engine Compartment:
• Extremely straight firewall and inner fenders with VIN stamp. This engine was recently tuned by Mike Marsella owner of MJM Automotive Solutions. It starts and runs amazing!
• Original 289 engine was built by Rex Racing in Sacramento, CA to a 312 stroker that was balanced and blue printed which was stated in Mustang Illustrated magazine. It has 320 horsepower to the rear tires!
• Eagle I-beam connecting rods.
• Keith Black 10:1 hypoeutectic pistons.
• Edelbrock ported and polished alloy heads.
• Ford Motorsport aluminum dual plane intake.
• Competition Cams hydraulic camshaft.
• Competition Cams roller rocker arms.
• Ford Motorsports Cobra air cleaner and valve covers.
• McLoed high torque starter.
• Autolite Pro Tech alternator.
• TRW high volume oil pump.
• Canton Pro-Series Racing oil pan.
• Ford Racing aluminum manual transmission flywheel.
• JBA shorty performance headers.
• Custom 2 ½ H-pipe.
• Flowmaster Force II Delta 40 series muffers with stainless tips.
• Griffin 1 ¼ coretube 4 row radiator and billet aluminum over flow tank.
• Complete MSD ignition system.
• Hawker Odyssey 1200 MJT dry cell battery.
• Holley 750 double pump carburetor
• Holley liquid filled 15 psi fuel pressure gauge.
• Holley electrical fuel pump.
• Stainless fuel cell mounted under car.

• Currie 9-inch rear end
• Detroit Tru-Trac differential with 3.89 final gears with 31 spline axles.
• Custom 3” aluminum drive shaft that was cut and balanced.
• Tremec 5-speed transmission.
• Ford Racing 10.5 heavy duty “King Cobra” clutch assembly.
• Steeda Tri-Ax shifter with Hurst shift handle.

Suspension and Brakes:
• Total Control Products everything
• Coilover spring conversion kit with Aldan Eagle shocks
• Upper and lower control arms with keviar injection molded rod ends.
• Strut rod kit.
• Shock Tower brace.
• Subframe connectors with crossover.
• 1” front sway bar.
• Magna mid eye leafsprings with 1” lowering blocks and Del-A-Lum leafspring bushings.
• Spax 14 point adjustable gas charged rear shocks.
• Rack and pinion steering.
• Front- Baer 12” slotted disc brakes with stainless brake lines.
• Rear – 1993 Mustang stainless steel disc brakes with stainless brake lines.
• Performance friction carbon Kevlar brake pads.
• Master cylinder, heavy duty unit for front disc brakes with proportional valve.

[VIDEO] Original Eleanor Movie ‘Hero’ Car Sells at Mecum for Record $1m

Last month we posted about another Eleanor movie car going up for auction. This time the famous ‘hero’ car used for close-ups, promotional material and photos. Well the car just sold for a cool $1-million.

The car was put up for auction by Cinema Vehicle Services, the company responsible for producing the twelve cars used in the movie. “Eleanor has become one of the most widely recognized movie star muscle cars in the world, so when the decision was made to offer the ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ Hero car for sale, Mecum’s Spring Classic auction in Indianapolis seemed like the perfect venue,” commented Ray Claridge, owner of Cinema Vehicle Services.

The auction saw one of the biggest crowds and interest at any of Mecums events though this was not to be outdone by the Shelby GT500 supersnake one of one that sold on Friday for $1.3million. Checkout both auctions below.



Another Eleanor Movie Car To Be Auctioned at Mecum

Only 12 cars were produced by Cinema Vehicle Services to be used on the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds and reportedly only 7 remain after 5 were totalled during filming though it seems every year one or two come up for auction. This time it’s the guys over at Mecum Auto Auctions who have a nice example set to go under the hammer this May.

This one from what we can see by the VIN’s is not one of the others we have reported on in the past. Most notably the one that sold at the COYS auction at Autosport International in England last year.

This particular example appears to be one of only three ‘hero’ cars used during filming. These hero cars were used for closeups, promotional shoots and actor dialogue scenes.

“Eleanor has become one of the most widely recognized movie star muscle cars in the world, so when the decision was made to offer the ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ Hero car for sale, Mecum’s Spring Classic auction in Indianapolis seemed like the perfect venue,” commented Ray Claridge, owner of Cinema Vehicle Services.

The car is expected to roll across the block on Saturday May 18. Thirty-two hours of the Indianapolis auction will be broadcast live on Discovery’s Velocity Network with the entire auction streaming live on Mecum’s website at Gates open at 8 a.m. each day and general admission can be purchased at the door for $20 per person; children 12 and younger will be admitted at no cost. For more information on the auction or to register as a bidder, visit or call (262) 275-5050.

Head on over to Mecum’s site for the full listing


– Hero Car used in Touchstone Pictures “Gone in 60 Seconds”
– Nicholas Cage’s primary beauty car used for close ups
– Featured in all movie poster and promotional efforts
– VIN: 7R02C179710, built by Cinema Vehicle Services
– This car started the “GT500 Eleanor” epidemic
– The most recreated car since the Shelby Cobra
– Presented in movie-used condition with minor touch ups
– 351/400 HP Ford crate motor, 4-speed manual
– Power steering and brakes, Go-Baby-Go shifter button
– Lowered suspension, coilovers, PIAA driving lights
– Schmidt 8×17″ wheels, Goodyear F1 tires
– Equipped with nitrous but not functional
– Custom body kit with new fender flares, side skirts with exhaust outlets, trunk lid and hood
– Part of a private collection since filming

[Source] via [Mecum]

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