Eleanor Mustang Replica Tears Up the Streets With 625 Horsepower

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With all that power on tap, it’s certainly more than powerful enough to outrun anyone. We just hope the owner locks it up at night.

Movie cars have a way of capturing the imaginations of auto enthusiasts and regular folks alike. Certain cars, like the DeLorean time machine from “Back to the Future” or James Bond‘s Aston Martin DB5.

This gorgeous example we found on YouTube was posted by PARADIGMA FILMS. Despite not wearing the movie car’s trademark silver with blue stripes paint job, this mean Mustang shares that unmistakable silhouette and the name Eleanor.

1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Eleanor Replica

Insane Popularity of the Eleanor

In a few rare cases, the car can transcend celluloid and actually become more famous than the movie it starred in. With Mustangs represented so well in movies, it’s no surprise to find a Mustang in that exclusive group.

The car we’re talking about, of course, is the 1968 Shelby GT500 (nicknamed “Eleanor”) featured in the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds, starring opposite Nicolas Cage as a car thief trying to steal fifty rare cars in 72 hours.

The movie was so-so (we still enjoy it), but the custom ’68 Shelby Mustang has taken on a life of its own, with numerous clones and tributes produced in the 18 years since the movie’s release.


With 625 raucous horsepower on tap, it’s certainly more than powerful enough to outrun the police and make it Raymond Calitri in time to save your brother. If that last sentence made no sense to you, go ahead and watch the movie; we’ll be here when you get back.

1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Eleanor Replica

In the video, we’re treated to the sweet sounds of this high-horsepower Mustang, and, eventually, we get to see under the hood. While the fake “427 COBRA” valve covers look kind of tacky to us (it’s clearly a Windsor small block), all is forgiven by the individual throttle bodies.

In true early-aughts fashion, the Gone in 60 Seconds soundtrack featured songs from Moby, BT, Apollo 440, and others. However, we’d be content to listen to the sound of that engine all day long.

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Longtime motorcyclist and automotive journalist Cam Vanderhorst is a regular contributor to Harley-Davidson Forums, Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum and MB World, among others.

When he's not busy working on his Harley-Davidson bike, the vastly experienced writer has covered an array of features, reviews, how-tos, op-eds and news stories for Internet Brands' Auto Group and is also a co-founder and co-host of the popular podcast Cammed & Tubbed.

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