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Eleanor is for sale..


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That's hardly news. The company Unique Performance was cranking out Eleanor replicas for years following that movie. EVERYONE thought THEIRS was the movie car, but they were all just a bunch of fakes. Somehow that company, plus two others, even got Carroll Shelby to sign off on the cars as "continuation" Shelbys or some such ridiculous thing (http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1025827_unique-performance-customers-offered-hope-with-signing-of-new-deal-by-shelby) just to keep the scam afloat. There's one of these cars at virtually every single auction now, although Unique Performance is out of business due to fraud issues (they were cutting the VINs out of boneyard cars and welding them onto different shells). Some of the employees of that company apparently started a new company called Classic Recreations and are now cranking out even more ersatz 1967 Shelbys. In fact, doing a quick Google search, there are at least a half-dozen companies making fake Eleanors today.

Do a Google search on "Unique Performance" "Eleanor Mustang" or "Doug Hasty" and you'll find wonderful nuggets about how prisoners were used to build the cars, how they were sculpted almost entirely from Bondo, how the guy who made the original 1974 version of "Gone in 60 Seconds" movie sued Shelby and Unique Performance for ripping him off, etc. There's even a website www.uniqueperformancescam.com, started by a guy who gave them $140,000 and got a rusty shell in return.

It's one of the more sordid stories in the automotive world and more evidence (in my opinion) that the legendary Carroll Shelby never received a check he wouldn't cash.

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5 years ago this would have brought HUGE numbers but the muscle car market is way down and that movie is 14 years old. So many replicas around would you really want to own a car that everyone thought was a fake? This is a car that would have been $2.3 million a few years ago and now will bring $900-1.1 because a museum needs something to draw in some youth.

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Shouldn't the title of this thread be "Another Eleanor is for sale.."?

Maybe not a total rip off but a bit of a rip off !

Wayne

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I would think cars owned by the studio that did the flick would have some paper to back em up. Ownership history today is as easy as a keyboard. But let's assume for just a moment that it WAS once owned by them as a back up. BIG F--KIN DEAL! Right? Does it matter? Does the real collector car community hold such BS so dear? Someone got swept up in it last year and dropped a 7 figure bid on THE ONE. A well built and "styled" fastback, 67-8, with a real good FE motor and tasteful metallic finish without too much sculpting takes about $150-175K to build. Give a show pedigree with a couple wins and you can expect to break even on an open sale or at the right auction. But the ruse that it's THE movie car? Dammit, there's that PT Barnum thing again! I'm going to predict the car dies at under $500K, more realistically like about $225-250K.

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