The Story Behind “Ellie” – 1967 GT500 Eleanor

By Proud Owner Dorothy Cremona

There she was, a Brittany Blue 1967 Ford Mustang, exactly what we had been searching for quite a while.

This beauty had been imported from Missouri, and she had all the matching numbers, paperwork and even the magazines showing her as a nine time show winner, beautifully restored and one of the top trophy winners belonging to the McCoys, who are members of the Mustang Owners Club of America.

Ellie’s original restoration was even featured in the August 1992 American Mustang Monthly Magazine.

My husband Ronnie and I had always loved the shape of the 1967 Mustang Fastback and when we saw her advertised, we knew we had to have her.

We purchased Eleanor in February 2012 upon our inspection the car seemed to be in reasonable condition – well, we were mistaken. We brought the Mustang home and got our Roadworthy certificate and all seemed to be good, so we thought.

We approached Leo Banks at the Muscle Car Factory for a new exhaust system and wheels where he pointed out all the defects within the bodywork when we asked Leo to inspect her. We now had a decision whether or not to sell her or commit to restoring her and we both agreed to go ahead with the full Performance Package and a total bolt restoration that commenced in April 2013.

Ronnie knew my love of the movie Gone in 60 Seconds and we discussed with Leo turning our 1967 Ford Mustang to portray the Shelby GT500 Eleanor featured in the movie. I wanted my Eleanor to be a little different and Leo allowed my imagination to run wild and Google became my best friend.

The end result was more than what we ever expected, and we are very happy with the outcome giving our Mustang, Ellie, the second chance she so deserved. Since the restoration of Ellie, she has become a Multi Gold Award winning vehicle in the Modified Class in Mustang Concourse and at various other major events.

Some Key Restoration Features


A full rotisserie restoration, the original body was fitted with all new glass and exterior Dynacom sheet metal, including the roof skin, right hand drive firewall and floor pans. Reinforced body which included stitch welding the chassis, TCP chassis connector with the X brace for extra strength.

The car is fitted with one-piece door glass by removing the door quarter window, Bullitt style side mirrors, LeMans petrol cap, Ring Brothers door handles including Billet bonnet and boot hinges as well as Genuine PIAA light kit.

MCF Eleanor Body Kit with side functional exhaust tips and then painted in a special formulated metallic grey with LeMans black tripes.


The car is fitted with TCP four link coil-over rear end with the Fab-9 Brackets and all pre-welded, front coilover suspension kit and TCP RHD power steering is a rack and pinion.


We decided on the Windsor 351 Dart Blockstoked to a 427, AFR Heads, forged pistons, Billet Roller Cam, March Performance Serpentine Kit and throttle body fuel injection system, customer aluminium fuel tank, Tremek TKO600 5 speed manual transmission, TCP hand fabricated, a custom 9” Differential with four link rear suspension and 2 ½ “ stainless steel side functional exhaust and producing approximately 590 brake horsepower.


Baer Brakes front crossed drill & slotted 325mm discs with a 4 piston Calliper and Shelby embossed and the same but 300mm in the rear.

Shelby VN 427 Rims and Shelby logo spinners 18 x 8” 245/40/18 tyres in the front, and 18 x 9.5” 275/35/18 Bridgestone tyres in the rear.


Black Leather Procar front and back seats, custom Shelby brushed aluminium console and overhead console to suit, deluxe brushed aluminium door trims, Custom Classic Instrument gauges embossed with the Muscle Car Factory logo, Shelby shifter handle with Go Baby Go shifter knob and finished off with the brush aluminium overlay dash panel.


Alpine Navigation System: Alpine amplifiers, speakers, subwoofers, and accessories by Stringer Electronics.

Street Sound and Vision custom made enclosure to house the 2 Alpine type R 10” sub-woofers that are hidden away so they don’t clash with the retro look of the Eleanor. We decided to go with the stripe theme that continued into the boot install which worked well and suited the vehicle.