Eleanor is the only Ford Mustang in history to receive Star title credit!
“Cars are often featured but never one that the lead was the car”…Lee Iacocca
(25th Anniversary “Gone in 60 Seconds” DVD interview with Denice)
No other leading lady in film history gave so much of her self,
withstood such brutal treatment and required 250 man-hours (H.B. Halicki) to prepare her for
the cameras. For
than makeup was needed to get “Eleanor” ready for her starring role
in "Gone in 60 Seconds" with H.B. “Toby” Halicki and racing icons like
Parnelli Jones and J.C. Agajanian
Eleanor's body skin was removed so that a NASCAR roll cage could be placed around her frame, through her fenders, inside her trunk, under her roof and behind her seats. Her transmission was chained in and an adjustable camera mounted in her back seat to give the “Drivers point of view”.
“ Eleanor” Is a 1971 Fastback Ford Mustang played the role of a 1973 Mach 1 Ford Mustang, a true lady both beautiful and tough and is the "Star" of Gone in 60 Seconds. Eleanor is the only Ford Mustang in history to receive Star title credit in a movie…making “Eleanor” a household name.
Her measurements are:
Stock Ford 351 cubic inch Windsor (secretly modified by H.B. Halicki)
Four-barrel carburetor with Cruisamatic transmission
H-D-7 in wheels
Goodyear rally GT tries
24-volt electrical system
Fire extinguisher and first-aid kit
Electrical kill switches
Individual locking rear brakes
Fish plating of the undercarriage 3” x 3/8” steel
Removable bullet plating
Toby Halicki, teams up with “Eleanor” and puts her through “The most hair-raising chase scene ever filmed”…. said Car Craft Magazine.
Every precaution was taken to safeguard Toby’s life before he put “Eleanor” through her paces … from heavy duty double strength Simpson shoulder harness and seat belt to deadbolt door locks. In spite of careful planning and technical expertise, “Eleanor” nearly upstaged her driver, Toby, when another driver overshot his mark, clipped “Eleanor” in the rear and sent her and Halicki careening into a light standard in excess of 100 mph. Both “Eleanor” and Toby kept their cool and after two hours of frantic repairs, continued the filming. Toby, although injured, had to wait to hurt later. And again, in an unbelievable 128-foot jump, over 30 feet in the air, “Eleanor” survived and drove away from the scene. However, Halicki wasn’t as fortunate … he received a compressed spine upon impact.
Not satisfied with just being the "Star" in the most ambitious and incredible auto-chase film ever produced, “Eleanor” is furthering her career by making personal appearances in theatre lobbies, car shows, fairs, auto races, shopping centers, TV stations, television news shows across the country and has appeared in the Gone in 60 Seconds series of films.
Her body shows the scars of the movie endeavor, but her motor’s still running and upon request, has known to exhibit some of her many stunts, much to the delight of her fans everywhere…
“Eleanor” still burns rubber…rubber fast and furious … and once again she Stars in the updated Gone in60 Seconds that was released in the summer of 2000.
On the DVD Re-Release of the original Gone In 60 Seconds in late 2000 Eleanor wanted to show everyone that she still has the muscle… with Denice Halicki as a passenger, Eleanor put the Metal-to-the-Petal… she was flying way over 100mph and doing 360’s up at Willow springs race track (see the end of the movies credits to watch Eleanor speed around in “Raceway 2000”).
Eleanor is so pleased that she is being re-manufactured in Toys, Models, and Die-Cast Cars… Manufactured by Racing Champions ERTL & Playing Mantis Johnny Lightning.
Eleanor enjoyed her long stay at the Petersen Automobile Museum for the “Greatest Cars of the Movies” event. She loved cruising with all the great cars at “California Classic Car Rally” on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and at the other events like “Cars are the Stars”. She was so excited to be asked to the L.A. NASCAR Street Race and show-off some of her stunts for her fans!
Eleanor reeves her engine in thanks!...to all the fans and friends that went wild over her car chase scene and that keeps her and “Gone in 60 Seconds” in the top 10 of all Car Chase movie polls and Horn Honk!...to all the Magazines and Newspapers for all the great quotes…
“ONE OF THE GREATEST CAR CHASE MOVIE EVER” …USA Today
“YOU HAVE TO LOVE A MOVIE WHERE A CAR (Eleanor) GETS TITLE BILLING” …Los Angeles Times
“THE MOST HAIR-RASING CHASE SCENE EVER FILMED” …Car Craft Magazine
“HER 40-MINTUE CLIMACTIC CAR CHASE, IS A JAW-DROPPING SEQUENCE” ...Minneapolis Star Tribune
“SHE’S A FOUR-WHEEL EVEL KNIEVEL” … Los Angeles Weekly
“THE FREE WHEELING, BREAKNECK CHASE that makes the FAMED PURSUITS IN ‘BULLITT’ AND ‘THE FRENCH CONNECTION’ look like ‘DRIVING MISS DAISY’ …The Chicago times