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

Road & Track Spend a Day with Classic Recreations’ New Shelby GT350 Mustang

It’s no surprise really that Classic Recreations would dabble with continuation models of the GT350. So when we saw their beautiful 1966 Shelby GT350 prototype on the road we could hardly contain our sheer excitement at yet another wonderfully built automobile. Though now in fully fledged production the car features a 545 HP 427 cubic inch stroker motor, authentic Shelby Performance Parts, rack and pinion steering, race inspired coil over suspension, oversized disc brakes just to begin with. Not bad for a hand built car just a nudge over $100k.

Though what does it go like? We only had to wait until yesterday to find out when the gents over at Road & Track shared their experience with us after returning from a canyon run with the car. And the verdict? Well head over to Road&Track to find out.

This prototype comes with an official Shelby serial number and will be included in the official Shelby American World Registry. The official production run will also be limited to ten cars a year. Don’t miss the auction taking place at the Mecum Auctions during Monterey Car Week this Friday August 16.

Classic Recreations to auction prototype 1966 Shelby G.T.350CR during Monterey car week

Classic Recreations, a bespoke coachbuilder known for its award-winning Shelby muscle cars, will offer a prototype 1966 Shelby G.T.350CR through Mecum Auctions on Aug. 16, 2013 at 4:05p.m. (lot number F165) during Monterey Car Week. This one-of-a-kind build is the first 1966 G.T.350 continuation car from Classic Recreations, a company already revered for its popular ’67 Shelby G.T.500CR builds. The Shelby-licensee combines classic Shelby styling cues, such as functional brake scoops, riveted quarter window covers, side exhaust and iconic LeMans stripes with modern technology to create a turn-key supercar with modern performance and reliability and iconic good looks.

The 1966 Shelby G.T.350 is one of the most beloved sports cars ever built and I’m thrilled to contribute to the Shelby legacy.

This first-of-its kind Shelby (serial number SCR350-00P) was built with input and oversight from Shelby Licensing, starting life as an original 1966 Mustang fastback before undergoing a complete ground-up rebuild. Features include a 545hp fuel injected 427 cubic inch (7.0L) small block Ford Racing crate motor, coil-over suspension, power rack and pinion steering and a Tremec five speed manual transmission to add to the modern driving experience. Other features include Carroll Shelby signature rally series 1000 seats, climate control, a top-shelf sound system, a dual-tank Nitrous injection system, bespoke forged three-piece HRE Performance wheels, Wilwood brakes and custom paint. The G.T.350CR prototype comes with an official Shelby serial number and will be included in the official Shelby American World Registry. Full specs are included below.

“The 1966 Shelby G.T.350 is one of the most beloved sports cars ever built and I’m thrilled to contribute to the Shelby legacy”. said Jason Engel, Owner of Classic Recreations. “There is no question that the ’66 holds a special place in the hearts of racing and Shelby fans, but the original cars are now difficult to drive due to their value and antiquated underpinnings. We were able to pair the original design with modern technology for the ultimate driving experience – and this is the very first car in the line.”

After the prototype is auctioned, Classic Recreations will begin taking orders for Shelby G.T.350CRs with a limit of ten each year. More information can be found on and

[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]

1967 Ford Mustang GT500 Supersnake One of One up for auction at Mecum

Back in 2008 this very rare one off car popped up on eBay, reported here. after that we’re not too sure what happened to the vehicle, though given the $3 Million price tag we can assume it may not have sold. Fast forward a handful of years and the car is back. This time set to cross the auction block at Mecum’s 26th Original Spring Classic Auction in Indianapolis.

Shelby originally wanted to build 50 Super Snakes which would be sold exclusively through Shelby dealerships as an alternative to the 427-powered Camaros and Chevelles and 426 MoPars which were in a league above the standard Shelbys.

However when all the costs were added up the sticker price came to a whopping $7500, which in those days was quite a substantial amount of money, so the whole project was shelved and the car was eventually bought by two airline pilots who dragged raced it on weekends. Two subsequent owners remain unidentified today, but records show that the car was purchased in 1970 by Bobby Pierce of Benbrock, TX, who cared for it for 25 years before selling it to David Loebenberg of Florida.

The Super Snake returned to California 7 years later when it was bought by Charles Lillard, who later sold it to Richard Ellis, a collector of rare Mustangs in Illinois, at which point the car registered 26,000 miles on the odometer and showed almost no deterioration.

Ellis proceeded with what he describes as a “light restoration”, locating the correct wires and hoses for the engine compartment, a period-correct Rotunda fire extinguisher, NOS Shelby 10-spoke wheels and, amazingly, four brand-new Thunderbolt whitewall tires in the proper size. As Ellis explained in a September, 2011 interview with Auto Enthusiast Magazine, “I wanted to own this piece of Shelby history worse than anything. It was well cared for by its previous owners, but I’ve put a lot of effort into returning it to the state it was in on the day of the tire test.”

“The Thunderbolts were made for … well, boring family cars in the ’60s, which is why nobody reproduces them or has even heard of them for 35 years. I found what has to be the only surviving set in a warehouse in Akron, Ohio. I’m sure Shelby pulled the original Thunderbolts and threw them away when the car got back to California.

“Now, when you see a picture of the Super Snake and it’s got skinny whitewall tires, you’ll know it is either from the Goodyear test or from the time it’s spent in my collection.”

Built with the heart of a Le Mans champion yet ultimately destined for but one day in the sun, there is only one Super Snake, the result of a confluence of forces that could only have happened in the charmed life of one Carroll Shelby.

The car is scheduled to cross the block May 17 at approximetly 5:30pm.

[Source] via [Supersnake]

Prototype Shelby GT350 to be Auctioned

So I’m a little slow with this one but that’s mainly to do with the fact that I am currently in Moscow. So forgive me if this is old news.

This 1965 Shelby GT350 was used as the engineering prototype for the 1966 Shelbys and driven by Ford factory stylist Charles McHose, who designed the 1967 Shelbys. The car is set to be auctioned off at Mecum’s Monterey auction during the Pebble Beach Concours which takes place August 13th and 14th. [Read more…]