You Can Now Own an Officially Licensed Eleanor Mustang!
By Zlatan Stankovic on January 9, 2018
2018 may well be the year of the Mustang – Ford are thought to be developing a brand-new Bulitt Edition, and another movie-famous model…
In 1974, Gone in 60 Seconds was released, and people loved it due to the famous car chase which lasted roughly 30-minutes; as you probably now know, that car was a Ford Mustang, known as Eleanor. Unfortunately, the director, chief stunt driver, and lead actor, H.B. “Toby” Halicki, tragically died on the set of the following movie.
Since then, Eleanor has reincarnated in many different forms, such as in the Gone in 60 Seconds remake in 2000 with Nicolas Cage. Although, in that movie, a 1967 Shelby GT500 was utilized, rather than a Mustang. Anyway, Fusion Motor Company have liaised with Denice Halicki (widow of H.B. Halicki), and secured the rights to construct an officially licensed Eleanor Mustang. So, all of you fans out there will finally be able to bring your dreams to reality!
Let us just tell you how all of this occurred…
Fusion president, Yoel Wazana, met Denice Halicki through a social event, and began talking about a tribute vehicle that Wazana purchased from another manufacturer. He expressed his disappointment in the car, and pointed to the fiberglass body which constantly vibrated as the problem.
So, he invited Halicki into the Fusion workshop to take a look around, and at the end, she approved their plans to build officially licensed 1967 or 1968 Eleanor Mustang replicas. In order to do that, cars are stripped of their bodies, and replaced with new ones, as well as a Detroit Speed Aluma-Frame front IFS kit. In addition, they also have Wilwood brakes, Currie Enterprises Ford 9-inch rear end, limited-slip differential, custom multi-link rear suspension, custom carbon fiber spoilers & splitters, and LED lights fitted.
As for performance options, there are a vast array that you could choose from. If you’d love a Roush V8 engine, then there’ll be five different variants, ranging from a 5.0-liter that generates 430HP, to an incredible supercharged version which generates a whopping 600HP. Alternatively, there are three 427 cubic inch engines, which offer 480HP, 560HP or 750HP. All of the engines can be hooked up to a fiver or six-speed manual gearbox, or a six-speed automatic transmission.
To produce a replica that is a close to the film as possible, Fusion are even adding a nitrous tank, which connects to a ‘Go Baby Go’ button on the end of the gear shifter. In terms of price, you’ll be looking at paying at least $189,000, but depending on extras and variations, could be as high as $284,350. Oh, and expect to wait around six months for it to be built!