Since it first hit the market, the Ford Mustang has been one of the “go-to” vehicles for great movie cars. From Bullitt all the way to this year’s Need for Speed movie, this pony is the king of the silver screen. One of the most memorable Mustangs to entrance theater goers was Eleanor in the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds. The Eleanor from the film was a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT 500 , but many modern remakes of that classic machine now roam the road. If you want a modern “Eleanor” GT500 , I know just the place to get one; RK Motors in Charlotte, North Carolina.
This particular Mustang is a 2007 model with a host of visual and performance upgrades. From the supercharged V-8 dumping almost 500 horsepower towards those rear wheels to the shimmer of that Satin Silver paint, this is one machine you don’t want to miss.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ford Mustang Eleanor Edition by RK Motors.
Aside from the special silver paint, this Eleanor has plenty of extra visual goodies to let everyone know how special it really is. There is a full body kit front to back, and it adds an aggressive touch that isn’t over-the-top. The rear of the car has an old-school duck-tail spoiler that perfectly molds with the overall design. There is not much else around back, as this Mustang has moved its exhaust tips to the side of the car. The dual oval exhausts exit just fore of the rear wheels.
For my personal tastes, the side window louvers and blacked-out headlights are bit to Pep-Boys, but to each his own.
Apart from my minor gripes, there are few fifth-gen Mustangs that look better than this.
Inside this Eleanor is business as usual for Mustang fans and owners. Very little of the interior has been changed or altered. You get standard Mustang buckets wrapped in black leather. The dash and steering wheel accents are silver to match the exterior paint. The best part of the interior is the white cue-ball Hurst shifter.
The pedals are Saleen units, there are Mustang-branded kick plates on the sills and the stereo has been replaced with a Clarion touchscreen unit.
The real news about this Mustang hides under the hood. The standard 4.6-liter V-8 was not exactly a fire-breather, so more horsepower was priority No. 1. Open the hood and the first thing you will be staring at is a Saleen VI supercharger bolted to a Forged block from Ford Racing. Helping to keep that engine fed with fuel and air is a cold-air intake and a twin, 65 mm GT500 throttle body.
According to RK Motors, the car has turned out 482 horsepower and 485 pound-feet at the dyno — 182 horsepower and 165 pound-feet more than the 4.6-liter in the 2007 Mustang GT. Sadly the transmission only has five forward gears, but it still has three pedals so I can forgive this one small misstep.
Like most every Mustang ever, this machine makes use of a solid rear axle; gearing has been set at 3.55.
|Engine Size||4.6 Liter V8|
|Fuel Delivery System Type||Electronic Fuel Injection|
|Transmission Type||5 Speed Manual|
This rig comes in at a relatively affordable $44,900, plus it has fewer than 14,000 miles on its ticker.
Competition for a used custom Mustang isn’t exactly the easiest thing to really quantify, but if I was staring at $45k in my pocket and wanted a used rocket, here is what I would look at.
With a super-low curb weight, and 400-plus horsepower, the C6 Corvette is a great alternative to this ’Stang. Now that the new C7 is out, prices for the older cars are falling. You can find a nice C6 with some of the more desirable factory extras for around $40k. It is still far too difficult to find a manual transmission model though.
It is used, and it is based on a car that is now two-generations old, but with close to 500 horsepower, incredible looks and a bit of movie-star cache, it is hard to fault this Mustang. When you factor in the price of just $45,000 it’s practically a bargain.
- Lots of supercharged horsepower
- Old-school manual transmission with Hurst shifter
- Bargain price
- Built on an old Mustang
- It’s used (and likely abused)
- Not the real Eleanor
If you’ve been paying attention to our new inventory, you’ve probably noticed that we’re selling a lot of modern Mustangs. Back in January, we shipped our unique 2007 GT500 to its happy new owner. A couple of weeks ago, we signed the papers on our pristine Parnelli Jones Saleen And now, we’re practicing our handshake for this awesome 2007 Eleanor Mustang: a car we fully expect will be gone in a matter of days. Mixing the handsome looks of classic unicorns with four decades of better technology, this awesome modern muscle car wraps a 482 horsepower supercharged V8 in a full Lakewood suspension, a leather-lined interior and stylish Cervini bodywork. You know, at RK Motors Charlotte, we believe the only thing better than a car that sells fast is a car that runs fast. And with the ability to handily smoke almost any vintage Eleanor at the stoplight or on the race track, this custom pony is the perfect piece for an enthusiast who wants to go fast and look good doing it!
Showing only 13,478 miles on its six year old odometer, this Satin Silver pony has been meticulously maintained and is factory fresh in virtually every way. The car’s original two-stage is clean, shines like new and provides a bit more sophistication than a typical ‘bright paint and black stripe’ package. Under that conservative canvas, original sheetmetal fits precisely and displays great build quality. A close look down the car’s fuselage reveals not so much as a dent or ding anywhere. There’s paint protecting films and high quality Cervini Eleanor Edition add-ons that blend invisibly with Ford’s solid profile. And overall, this awesome custom conveys a premium sense of collectability that, when combined with its natural curb appeal, creates one timeless and modern classic!
It’s hard to argue with the killer good looks of Ford’s fifth generation Mustang. And when a few Shelby-inspired styling elements are tossed in the mix, the car’s visual impact is taken to a whole new level! At the front of this super clean coupe, a billet grille hangs an offset Cobra emblem between smoked headlamps, smoked turn signals and an aggressive valence that’s complete with silver-trimmed fog lights and PIAA driving lights. At the sides of the car, a clean profile hangs traditional Cobra fender emblems and enhanced side scoops between a low profile antenna, a billet fuel door and bulbous rocker sills that hide functional side-exit exhaust. At the top of the car, an aggressive hood, an attractive ducktail spoiler and Pepper Gray roof stripes trace original greenhouse glass. And at the back of the car, Shelby-inspired fender extensions frame sequenced factory tail lights, an ornate faux fuel filler and a sleek, aftermarket valence.
Take a look under the hood of this storied American legend and you’ll find a world class 4.6 liter ‘mod motor’ V8 that delivers a dyno-proven 482 horsepower and a stout 485 lb./ft. of torque! Combining a Saleen VI supercharger with a forged Ford Racing block and a Diablo Sport Predator tune, this rev-happy monster makes great muscle car sounds while providing class-leading efficiency and docile street manners. Twist the key and the smooth mill rumbles to life, sending brash baritone notes down a 2.5-inch performance exhaust system that bellows from four stainless tips. Goose the throttle and a twin 65mm GT500 throttle body zings the engine towards redline thanks to a new, more aggressive camshaft. Drop the transmission into gear and the car buckles down into an eager lean with the tension and authority of a coiled snake. Deliver one jab at the go-pedal, and you’ll find out why dictionaries are starting to list the name “Steve Saleen” under the word “performance”. Aesthetically, the engine bay looks very clean, not equipped with any of the flash you’d expect from a street-wise pony car and appearing, dare I say, much like a sleeper. But to anyone who knows anything about cars in general, parts like a hot Haney Motorsports strut brace, an attractive Steeda radiator cowl, heavy duty Moroso fluid tanks and a high flow Meziere water pump are dead giveaways that this isn’t just some run-of-the-mill secretary special!
Straight from Dearborn, Ford’s premium D2C platform is a solid foundation that makes the Mustang a true force to be reckoned with. And when you add a bunch of Lakewood suspension components, you get one very capable curve carver! Up front, a Macpherson strut independent suspension is aided by speed-assisted power steering. Out back, a 3-link solid axle rear end spins sporty 3.55 gears. That drivetrain is countered by four wheel power disc brakes, a standard anti-lock system and factory traction control that are all very welcome additions if you plan to use this car anywhere near its potential. Spent gases are whisked away by a high performance SLP exhaust system that’s complete with long-tube headers, an X-pipe crossover and big stainless tips. Sending the engine’s power to the ground is a slick shifting 5-speed transmission which is as much fun darting through traffic as it is racing up entrance ramps. And all this proven hardware rides on an awesome set of polished Raceline GT wheels which spin super sticky 255/35ZR20 front and 285/30ZR20 rear Nitto NT555 Extreme ZR radials around Cobra-style spinners.
Take a look inside this Ford and you’ll find a comfortable and stylish cockpit that’s ready for long road trips and plenty of summertime fun. At the center of the car, highly bolstered seats feature thick padding that’s wrapped in impressive pleats. In front of those seats, a familiar Mustang dash seals highly detailed gauges behind chrome trim rings and a strategically placed Auto Meter boost gauge. Below that gauge, a Clarion touch-screen CD/DVD player combines Sirius satellite radio and modern MP3 capability with two 10 inch Kicker subwoofers to become a one-stop shop for all your audio needs. Below that sound system, a wide console props a classic Hurst shifter in front of ample storage space. Beneath that storage space, like-new carpet is highlighted by Saleen foot pedals, framed by and “MUSTANG” branded sill plates and protected by color-keyed floor mats. At the sides of those floor mats, sculpted door panels hang full-length armrests between small metal handles and big kick speakers. And naturally, all the luxuries you’d expect in a high dollar muscle car are present and accounted for including: cruise control, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, a power driver’s seat, and remote keyless entry that’s complete with built in theft deterrent software. It’s never easy to describe a stable of essentially new cars because you feel like you’re boring readers to death by saying the same string of words over and over again. But repetition of words makes them no less true and, as with all our essentially new Mustangs, everything in this super cool Ford looks good, works well and promotes an overall sense of reliability.
The sale of this stunning Mustang is accompanied by an official dyno sheet, an original fuel door, a black Cobra shift knob and a small stack of manuals and receipts for its many modifications.
In summary, this tastefully modified Ford is an awful lot of car for the money. And with less than 14K miles, it still feels as solid as the day it left the showroom. There’s a reason Mustangs are some of the most collectible classics of all time, and this new school Eleanor makes it easy to see why!