Written by independent automotive journalist Steve Statham
It’s amazing how pop culture exposure at the right moment can start a fire under a certain car. Take the “Eleanor” Mustang. After the release of “Gone in 60 Seconds” in 2000 (itself a remake of a 1974 car theft of the same name), Eleanor, the film’s starring car, was everywhere – on the covers of automotive magazines , at big auto shows, and soon enough in your driveway when licensed replicas started being built.
Of course, Eleanor Mustang’s allure isn’t just a reflection of pop culture. The car itself pushes all the right buttons for a rest-mod muscle car, most notably the 1967 Ford Mustang Eleanor Tribute Edition which will be offered without reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s 50th Anniversary Auction in Scottsdale January 22-30. This Eleanor has all the high-performance hardware to turn even the most mundane journey into a journey worthy of an action thriller. But this latest Pro Touring muscle car also has its own unique celebrity pedigree, being owned by Major League Baseball star Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants.
No half measures were taken when East Bay Muscle Cars of Brentwood, California adopted this Eleanor build. The Mustang is powered by a 572 cubic-inch Jon Kaase Racing Engines Modern Boss Nine V8. It generates a whopping 828 horsepower and 780 ft-lbs of torque. The race-oriented aluminum block features four-bolt main caps and features a 4340 steel crankshaft and diamond forged pistons. The aluminum heads are also designed for high-speed service.
The modern fuel system is well equipped to keep that engine powered, featuring electronic fuel injection with Holley ECU, 58mm Borla throttle bodies, and a Kaase Boss Nine 8-Stack intake manifold. The exhaust system starts with custom tri-Y headers feeding custom 3-inch pipes and Magna-Flow stainless steel mufflers.
Backing up the engine is a GM 4L80E 4-speed automatic transmission with an SFI lantern adapter. A Wavetrac differential with a 3.50 gear ratio puts the power to the ground. Braking and suspension have been improved to allow this Eleanor Mustang to handle and stop as well as accelerate.
The parts list is impressive, but this Eleanor’s build was by no means a simple bolt-on affair. To incorporate the Roadster Shop Fast Track chassis and other custom bits, the firewall was moved back five inches and the engine bay damper towers removed. The rear seats have been moved back four inches for better passenger legroom. Below, there is a custom center cross member with adjustable transmission bracket.
In keeping with its Pro-Touring mission, the car is packed with features to add comfort on road trips, such as a vintage climate control system. The Boss Audio system incorporates MP3, Bluetooth and AM / FM / CD with front and rear. rear coaxial speakers and an Alpine electronic subwoofer. The seats and door panels are upholstered in black Italian leather and the custom heat shields will keep the driver and passengers isolated.
The car comes with the Eleanor Tribute Edition Certificate of Authenticity and Eleanor Licensing LLC badges, along with a construction appraisal book, receipts and memorabilia. He’s ready for a new starring role and that script will be written in Scottsdale.
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