While we were in Las Vegas for the SEMA Show, we made time to stop by the Imperial Palace. Though they are not the newest or the fanciest hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard, they do have a stunning collection of rare and vintage automobiles.
One of the cars that caught my eye was this 1967 Ford Mustang GT500 Fastback, also known as “Eleanor” from the movie Gone in 60 Seconds starring Nicolas Cage.
Released in the year 2000, the movie is a remake of the 1974 film with the same name. The new one has a different storyline but still involves stealing a large number of cars in a short period of time. The film features a lengthy chase scene in which Cage races through the canals of Los Angeles, evading the police at every turn, and culminates with a fantastic jump towards the end.
A total of 11 cars were built for the movie, and 4 of them were completely destroyed during filming. This particular car was the “Hero” car, which was used in almost all the scenes where the actor is driving and performing. So yes, this is the actual car driven by Nicolas Cage in the movie.
A sign next to the car mentions that Mr. Cage did almost all of his own driving in the movie, using stunt drivers only when required by the studio or insurance company. 95% of the shots of him driving are real.
The car looks absolutely flawless from headlamps to tailpipes, and is offered for sale at just $375,000 dollars. It’s a beautiful car with some serious Hollywood pedigree, but at that price, I wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes a part of the museum’s permanent collection.
UPDATE: It looks like this exact car is going up for auction! Eleanor is scheduled to be sold on Saturday, May 18th, 2013 at a Mecum Auctions event in Indianapolis, IN. A reserve price has not yet been listed.
UPDATE 2: Well the results are in. The car sold for a whopping $1.1 million dollars. WOW!