Though several cars were built by Cinema Vehicle Services – with assistance from car designer Chip Foose – for the 2000-released movie, Lot S135 at Mecum’s Spring Classic auction is serial number 7RO20179710, the actual “Eleanor” car driven by Nicolas Cage in the cult car film.
Featuring a fibreglass bonnet, boot lid, fender flares, side skirts and side scoops, as well as a nearly-300kW 5.7-litre Ford V8 crate engine, four-speed manual transmission and a side exhaust, the movie car is also fitted with driving lights, 17-inch Schmidt wheels, an Autometer Sport Comp Monster tachometer, fire extinguisher, Go-Baby-Go shift knob button and a switch for activating a nitrous oxide injection system.
Included in the “Eleanor” package – rumoured to tip over the US$100,000 ($96,450) mark – is a certificate of authenticity and a special plaque.
Dana Mecum’s 26th Original Spring Classic auction takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 14-19.
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