1974’s Gone in 60 Seconds, and the 2000 remake, are not exactly the best movies ever made. However one thing that can be said for the original is that the stunts are very real. Written by and starring H. B. Halicki, the movie destroyed 93 cars in just one 40 minute chase seen, and totalled 127 vehicles overall. Many, including all of the police cars, were bought by Halicki at auction in a very used state for under $200 per car.
Still, that’s not exactly pocket money in the seventies, so Halicki employed family and friends rather than professional actors in order to keep production costs low. There was also no official script (which kinda shows) and despite all of the stunts being filmed for real their authenticity is somewhat hampered by some spectacularly dodgy continuity. Much like this website.
The 2000 remake starring Angelina Jolie and Nicolas Cage was far better made, but professional production values didn’t really result in a better movie. They did keep Halicki’s star car though, albeit in updated form; a glorious custom 1967 Ford Mustang known as ‘Eleanor’.
Previous bloggee Lachlan Cameron has recreated the famous movie car from the Gone in 60 Seconds remake beautifully in Technic form, and has included a huge array of working technical functions underneath car’s the iconic bodywork. There’s lots more to see at Eleanor’s album on Flickr via the link above, and you can watch the original movie trailer – which is basically one minute and twenty seconds of car crashes – by clicking here!
Ah Nicolas Cage, the man who literally can’t turn down any film role, no matter how terrible it may be. Ghost Rider, Left Behind, Drive Angry, The Wicker Man, Ghost Rider 2…
But there was a time when Nic made decent movies. This movie car is not from that time, but we suppose it sits somewhere in the middle. Cage’s remake of the car theft action film ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ was enjoyable enough, and it gave a starring role to a modified 1967 Mustang GT500 named Eleanor, which can only be a good thing.
This is Ralph Savelsberg‘s remake of his own original version of Eleanor from a few years ago, and there’s more to see of his brilliant GT500 build (plus a brick-built Nic Cage) at his photostream via the link above.
Now that we’ve collected some traffic from the seedier corners of the internet, on with the blog! This stunning pair of 6-wide classic Ford Mustangs comes previous bloggee ER0L of Flickr. On the left in a beautiful white & red colour combination is his lovely mid-’60s convertible, whilst on the right in grey & black is a car made famous by the Gone in Sixty Seconds remake – the custom Shelby GT500 ‘Eleanor’. Both cars are superbly built and you can see more of each at ER0L’s photostream via the link above.
A retired car thief and his crew are required to steal 50 cars in one night to pay a debt. A thin plot for sure, but within it are some very good car chases, lots of mad Nic Cage acting, Angelina Jolie, and this; the Mustang GT500 ‘Eleanor’. Ralph Savelsberg rebuilds the movie legend, complete with Memphis Raines figure, on Flickr, which the Elves successfully ‘boosted’ and brought to TLCB office for us to share. Check it out at Ralph’s photostream while they lay low.