1968 FORD MUSTANG SHELBY GT500 ‘ELEANOR’ RECREATION
Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 184
Year : 1968
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : manual
LHD
Registration No. : FND 556F
Chassis No. : 8T02S118343
Engine No. : 0E1065
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
 

 

The Ford Mustang needs little introduction; the car that built
America, that bought freedom to the younger generation and featured
in many blockbuster films including, in this instance, a GT500 in
'Gone in 60 Seconds' starring Nicolas Cage. The car in question,
'Eleanor', represents Randall 'Memphis' Raines's nemesis and is
something to be feared and adored in equal measure. The Shelby
Mustang is a high performance variant of the Ford Mustang which was
built by Shelby American from 1965 through to 1970. From 1967, the
GT350 carried over the K-Code high performance 289ci with a 'COBRA'
aluminium hi-rise intake manifold. The GT500 was then added to the
line-up. These later cars carried over few of the performance
modifications of the 1965/66 GT350s although they did feature more
cosmetic changes. In September 1967, production was moved to the
A.O. Smith Company of Ionia, Michigan under Ford control. Based on
the 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback, the 'Eleanor' was a modernised
variant with serious power and is considered by many to be the
ultimate Mustang.

What can only be described as a fabulous example and finished to a
very high standard, this GT500 recreation is based on a 1968 390GT
Mustang. With this original S-Code 390 starting point, confirmed by
its accompanying Marti Report, and a 6.4 litre big-block V8 engine
producing a dyno tested 450+ bhp coupled to a TKO 600 five-speed
gearbox, the rebuild had begun in a way that excited its previous
owner and the mastermind behind this stunning recreation. 

Having restored many American muscle cars in the past and
originally earmarking the 390GT for a Bullet replica, he became
increasingly frustrated by cheap body kitted examples of the
Eleanor on poor donor car's fitted with very little care and
attention referencing them as 'all show and no go'. His personal
challenge was to build the ultimate recreation, offering a GT500
replica that sounded, looked, handled and impressed as it should.
Amongst countless other upgrades, included is a Control Freak,
fully adjustable, coil-over system to the front suspension with
Heidts four-link with adjustable coil-overs to the rear; helping
you stop are Willwood four piston callipers with drilled and
slotted discs. On purchasing this car a couple of years ago, the
vendor sent it directly to Steve Monk of Bodywerks in Uxbridge to
be checked over and to have correct new seats and seatbelts
installed; the steering column was also repositioned correctly.
Since that time, the car has only been driven about 300 miles. This
Mustang is supplied with a V5C registration document and a MoT test
certificate valid until September 2017. Many tribute versions have
been produced over the years to a greater or lesser effect, but
this example must count amongst one of the finest. We strongly
advise viewing both the car and the history file and believe this
is amongst the best, if not, the best on the market today. 
One of the most iconic cars in movie history offered in such
spectacular form; this Mustang has the 'GO BABY GO!' effect.
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170