Rarely has Hollywood had as much impact on the Mustang world as when the movie "Gone in 60 Seconds" was remade in 2000. Nicolas Cage's name was on the movie posters, but Mustang enthusiasts knew the real star was "Eleanor", the modified 1967 Shelby GT500 that Cage steals and leads through the best Mustang chase scene since Steve McQueen in "Bullit".
"Super Snake" GT-500 equipped with a 427 FE engine producing over 500 horsepower. The car was capable of speeds over 150 mph; hitting 170 mph during a demonstration (by Shelby himself) of Goodyear's Thunderbolt tires. For 1968, the Cobra name was applied to Shelby Cobra GT 350 and the Shelby Cobra GT 500. In February 1968, the Cobra GT 500-KR "King of the Road"; under the hood was a 428 cubic-inch Cobra Jet V8 which was rated at 335 horsepower (250 kW).
Shelby's 1967 GT 500 had led Ford`s pony car with a Thunderbird 428 engine with two Four-barrel carburetors. The 1968 GT500 used a 428 Police Interceptor with single four barrel carburetor. Then in April '68, Ford unveiled an even-hotter version of the 428 Police Interceptor (more durable engine) with better breathing heads and much bigger exhaust manifolds and called the soup'd up 428 Cop Motor the 428 Cobra Jet. The 428CJ was offered in the Mustang, Cougar, Cyclone and Fairlane models. The GT 500-KR's 428 had the same suspiciously low 335-bhp rating as other Cobra Jets, but the total torque rating of 440 foot-pounds at 3400 RPM told the real story. Shelby's KR version had diecast aluminum cast with "Cobra Lemans" proudly broadcasting Ford's FE engine family victory over Ferrari at Le Mans in 1966 and 1967.
Note that the Cobra Le Mans engine displaces 428 cubic inches. That sounds like a hair better than the 427. In fact, they are two entirely different engines. Both have the same external dimensions, but the 427 is more oversquare, with a bore and stroke of 4.23 x 3. 78. The 427 is a racing engine, full of the kind of intestinal fortitude that makes it capable of enduring 500 miles at Daytona and 24 hours at Le Mans. The 428 is a passenger-car engine, and nearly $1000 cheaper than the 427. Few people would be happy with the 427 unless they were racing it. It’s noisy, balky, and an oil burner at normal highway speeds.
- 12 cars Ford Mustang was directly involved in the filming, and only one of them was actually a Shelby GT500-personal vehicle Jerry Bruckheimer. - The most powerful of all Eleanor involved in the film, was one of the very last scene – it was powered by the Ford Motorsport 351 (volume of 351 cubic inches, or 5.8 liters) – all the other cars were equipped with Ford’s weaker engines in volume 289 cubic inches (4.8 liters), as in a conventional Mustang V8. - When was Jerry Bruckheimer’s car engine first start, containers of spices fell to the floor in the studo kitchen so was his powerful low sound. - Eleanor Grill – Shelby GT500 from the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds” was made from parts intended for vans Chevy Astro. All the cars that were used in the film the wheels are the same as in the Ford GT40 – 17×8-inch wheels Schmidt, c tires P245/40ZR17 Goodyear Eagle F1. - In the scene where the hero shifts gears attentive viewer will notice two types of scenes.