In honor of Movie Monday, I am posting one of my favorite car chase movie cars — the original Gone in 60 Seconds (GI60S from here on out) 1973 Ford Mustang “Mach 1”, code-named Eleanor.

First of all, if you haven’t seen the orignal GI60S.....put your Dr. Pepper and Cheetos down, go directly to Amazon or eBay — or wherever, and buy it. The acting is garbage, the pace is a bit slow, but the cars and movie ending chase is definitely worth it. This may sound odd, but if you can score a VHS copy - even better. Why? BECAUSE SOUNDTRACK! The DVD release doesn’t come with the original score and it really does change the mood of the movie, but I digress.

Eleanor didn’t start out as the sleek ‘67 GT500 many people know it as today — in fact the true Eleanor was a yellow 1973 Mustang Fastback. The version featured here is a fairly rare Racing Champions version.

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In the early 2000’s Racing Champions released a line of Hollywood rides and surprisingly it included a few nice cars from the GI60S film. Eleanor, a Plymouth patrol car, a Manta kit car and a half-dozen other vehicles with smaller roles were all released - with Eleanor being the star of the line.

I first found this casting in about 2012 and immediately loved it over the Johnny Lightning Hollywood on Wheels version.

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The hood is the correct “slick” version and not the Mach-1 style that the Johnny Lightning version had. Even though the movie referred to Eleanor as a “Mach-1”, it was just a Plain Jane 1973 non-ram air hood car with Mach-1 decals. The Racing Champions version also has a great looking grill and simple body lines just like the movie car had.

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The car is a featherweight despite being solidly built and having a metal body and chassis.

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I love the hubcap style wheels even if they are a bit on the larger side.

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Door handle tampos, side markers and door trim are all very crisp.

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Now being a big fan of the 100 car-killing chase, I figured a wrecked custom to match the movie was in order.

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It was quite difficult to bring myself to chop one of these up, being as hard to find as they are, but I’m glad I did. It took a few nights of chopping, squashing, cutting and drilling to achieve this look while still retaining a fully rolling car - but it worked! It looks great and even rolls!

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The side-swipe damage, jump damage, and “he just hit a damn pole!” damage was all important to include.

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Here’s a few side-by-sides to show the pre-chase version and the final state of Eleanor:

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And what’s a GI60S Eleanor post without a big jump recreation, right?! So enjoy these sweet diorama jump shots made using some Greenlights, Racing Champions, Johnny Lightnings and the custom Eleanor :

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This was such a fun review and I loved how the jump shots turned out.....so enjoy these extra GI60S wallpaper pics!

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BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! BONUS PICS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here are the Eleanors together with the Racing Champions GI60S Plymouth Patrol Car.

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