DOUBLE STAR: This 1967 Eleanor Tribute Mustang will always command the spotlight

Written by independent automotive journalist Steve Statham

Buster Posey’s 1967 Ford Mustang Eleanor Tribute Edition


It is amazing how pop culture exposure at just the right moment can light a fire under a particular car. Take the “Eleanor” Mustang. Following the release of “Gone in 60 Seconds” in 2000 (itself a remake of a car theft caper of the same name from 1974), Eleanor, the star car of the movie, was everywhere — on the covers of car magazines, at big car shows, and soon enough in your driveway as authorized replicas started being built.

Of course, the fascination with Eleanor Mustangs isn’t merely a reflection of pop culture. The car itself pushes all the right buttons for a resto-mod muscle car, especially the 1967 Ford Mustang Eleanor Tribute Edition that will be offered with No 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 drive into a trip worthy of an action thriller. But this ultimate Pro Touring muscle car also comes with 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, CA, took on this Eleanor build. The Mustang is powered by a Jon Kaase Racing Engines Modern Boss Nine V8 that displaces 572 cubic inches. It generates a whopping 828 horsepower and 780 ft/lbs of torque. The race-oriented aluminum block features four-bolt main caps, and is fitted with a 4340 steel crankshaft and forged Diamond pistons. The aluminum heads are likewise prepped for high-revving duty.

The modern fuel system is well-equipped to keep that engine fed, with electronic stack fuel injection with Holley ECU, 58mm Borla throttle bodies, and a Kaase Boss Nine 8-Stack intake manifold. The exhaust system begins 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 bellhousing adapter. A Wavetrac differential with 3.50 gear ratio puts the power to the pavement. Braking and suspension have been upgraded to allow this Eleanor Mustang to handle and stop as well as it accelerates.

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 pieces, the firewall has been moved back five inches and the engine bay shock towers have been removed. The rear seats have been moved back four inches for better passenger leg room. Underneath, there’s a custom center crossmember with adjustable drop-out transmission bracket.

In keeping with its Pro-Touring mission, the car is equipped with features to add comfort on road trips, such as a Vintage Air climate control system. The Boss Audio system incorporates MP3, Bluetooth, and AM/FM/CD with front and rear coaxial speakers and an Alpine electronic subwoofer. Seats and door panels are covered in black Italian leather, and custom heat shields will keep driver and passengers insulated.

The car comes with its Eleanor Tribute Edition Certificate of Authenticity and badges from Eleanor Licensing LLC, along with build appraisal book, receipts, and memorabilia. It’s ready for a new starring role, and that script will be written in Scottsdale.

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Title: DOUBLE STAR: This 1967 Eleanor Tribute Mustang will always command the spotlight
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Published Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2021 16:50:05 +0000