The One of a Kind Mustang From 'Gone in 60 Seconds' Went up for Auction

Everyone loves car movies. And, while the Fast and the Furious franchise may have the coolest car movies nowadays, 20 years ago, there was Gone in 60 Seconds. This Nicolas Cage movie was well-known for a lot of reasons, but arguably, it’s best-known for its cars.

In particular, the 1967 Shelby GT500 Mustang that was heavily featured in it. Nicknamed “Eleanor” in the movie, this special Mustang has since become an icon, as well as a collectible car.

Eleanor in ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’

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Gone in 60 Seconds, at least the one starring Cage and Angelina Jolie, is actually a remake of a 1974 movie that had the same name. Both of these movies had an “Eleanor”, but they were different cars.

The “Eleanor” in the original Gone in 60 Seconds was a 1971 Mustang, while the “Eleanor” in the remake was that 1967 Shelby Mustang. 

In both movies though, according to GQ, “Eleanor” had the same job. It was the super powerful and super-fast car that was the object of affection for the main character, which Cage plays.

Cage plays a car thief who steals cars for a gang, and he’s been trying to steal “Eleanor” for a while now. It’s only until the end of the movie that he succeeds in stealing and driving in “Eleanor.”

“Eleanor” wasn’t like any other 1967 Shelby Mustangs, though. As GQ reported, in both the movie and in real life, “Eleanor” was equipped with a NOS booster that gave it an extra 125-hp with the press of a button.

This was a feature that was important to the plot, as it helped Cage’s character escape from the police. As a result, the car that was used to film the movie actually had a NOS booster that did exactly what it did in the movie.

A special Ford Mustang

Technically speaking, “Eleanor” is not one of a kind, as 11 of these “Eleanors” were built for the making of the movie. But still, it’s a rare car that was heavily customized for the production of the movie. 

As GQ reported, “Eleanor” has, along with its NOS booster, a “trunk-mounted fuel cell, PIAA lights, TCP aluminum pedal covers, and infamous custom 10-spoke spinner wheels.”

On top of that, “Eleanor” takes the 1967 Shelby Mustang and revamps it for the modern era. It has modern brakes, custom instrument gauges, a five-point harness, and other interior upgrades.

And of course, it wouldn’t be “Eleanor” if it wasn’t fast. The NOS booster makes it even faster than usual, but “Eleanor” has an improved engine as well. “Eleanor” has a 5.7-liter V8 engine that gets 400-hp. 

Up for auction

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With 11 of these “Eleanors” ever produced, it’s a very rare and collectible car. Many car lovers are fans of the movie, and GQ even says that “Eleanor” has caused a boom in people modifying classic cars.

That’s why, when an “Eleanor” was put up on auction in 2013, Motor Authority said that it sold for $1 million. Other “Eleanors” have sold for six-figures, so it’s clear that it’s a very popular car for collectors. GQ says that another “Eleanor” from the movie will be going on auction soon, too.

With that said, while the 11 “Eleanors” from the movie are rare, the car itself isn’t rare. As Motor Authority said, a company called Classic Recreations will build “Eleanors” for you for a big price tag. These will be similar to the “Eleanors” in the movie, but they won’t have the honor of actually being the “Eleanors” from the movie. Still, for $140,000, you can get your very own, brand-new “Eleanor.” 

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Jacqueline Jossa breaks silence on Dan Osborne ‘split’ rumours: ‘I need some time’

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EastEnders actress Jacqueline Jossa, 27, has spoken out for the first time after rumours suggested she had reportedly split from her husband Dan Osborne after a “tense” few months. The I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! winner has confirmed there will be “no divorce”.

I need some time.

Jacqueline Jossa

After claims implied Jacqueline and Dan had parted ways and made the decision to “take a break from one another” on Saturday night, the soap actress has now set the record straight on social media and told her followers “there is no split”.

The EastEnders actress wrote to her 2.7 million Instagram followers today: “I need some time.

“There is no split. There is no divorce.”

Jacqueline continued: “We are working together not against each other.

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“Change your headlines please. Thanks,” the star concluded.

Express.co.uk previously contacted representatives for Jacqueline and Dan for comment regarding the “split” rumours at the time.

This comes after an insider told The Sun how the couple had a “tense past few months”.

They told the publication: “It’s been an incredibly tense past few months and post-jungle Jacqueline has been in trauma dealing with all the speculation surrounding their relationship.”

“Ultimately it’s not healthy or natural for anyone to be cooped up for so long, especially when there are underlying tensions anyway.”

They added: “They’ve taken the very difficult decision to take a break from one another.”

The news comes after Dan had allegedly been unfaithful towards Jacqueline in 2018.

Reports claimed Dan had a threesome with model Chloe Ayling and Natalie Nunn at Celebrity Big Brother’s wrap party in 2018 – where Dan reached the final and came third place.

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After Dan had hit the headlines, he addressed the speculation and revealed he had “made mistakes” in a statement on Instagram.

The father-of-three wrote to his one million Instagram followers at the time: “So after weeks, months, years of constant articles & rumours, some true, some very untrue I want to publicly say, I know I have made mistakes, we all do as humans, but I’ve made some that have almost cost me my family.

“I have seriously learnt from these massively, so I want to publicly apologise to my beautiful wife and my family for the mistakes I’ve made.”

He went on: “I am the luckiest man in the world to have what I have with Jacqueline and my three incredible children and I will spend the rest of my life being the best husband and dad that I can be.”

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Jacqueline shares her two daughters Mia, one, and Ella, five with Dan – who has another son Teddy, six, who he shares separately with ex-girlfriend Megan Tomlin.

The couple first met during an awards night in 2013, around the time where Jacqueline was known as EastEnders’ Lauren Branning.

The star played the role of Lauren from 2010 until 2018, which led on to her winning I’m A Celebrity in 2019.

The nation saw Jacqueline live in the jungle and take on Bushtucker Trials alongside the likes of Coronation Street star Andrew Whyment, Capital presenter Roman Kemp and Caitlyn Jenner.

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How a protester helped saved Memorial Day for New Yorkers

Linda Bouferguen may have single-handedly saved the holiday weekend in New York.

The young Brooklyn nursing student was twice arrested this month outside City Hall for violating the state’s lockdown on nonessential gatherings during small, socially distanced demonstrations against New York’s shutdown.

But the pandemic-induced ban violated her First Amendment rights, insisted Bouferguen, who watched Gov. Andrew Cuomo make exceptions this week to the “no gathering” rules for Memorial Day and religious events — but not protests.

She sought official permission to hold another demonstration and when she was ignored, Bouferguen went to court.

With the help of the New York Civil Liberties Union, Bouferguen filed a federal lawsuit against Cuomo Friday. Hours later, the gov abruptly reversed course on lockdown rules forbidding non-essential gatherings and protests.

Of course, the change also means traditional Memorial Day events like barbecues, house parties and other get togethers now have a green light, provided the events have less than 10 people and abide by social distancing rules.

“I don’t consider myself a hero,” said Bouferguen, 32. “Any American would have done what I did.”

Bouferguen, who was born in the former Soviet Union, was surrounded by 24 police officers as she stood outside City Hall May 8 waving an American flag with a handful of other demonstrators, including her 52-year-old mom, Elena.

“This should never happen in America,” she said, describing how she was handcuffed, forced into a police van and issued a summons. When she returned to protest the following day, she was arrested again, Bouferguen said.

For Bouferguen, who used to work at a small accounting firm that saw 20 of their clients shutter their businesses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the legal victory is bittersweet.

“I know people who committed suicide because they lost everything, nurses who lost their jobs and others who suffered heart attacks because hospitals wouldn’t care for them,” she told The Post. “This just has to stop.”

Bouferguen moved to the US with her parents 20 years ago after her father, a native of Algeria who had fled to Russia during the Cold War, was “constantly harassed” by police and the military when the Chechen War began, during the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

“He was dark-skinned, and I guess they thought he was a terrorist,” she said. “We never protested in Russia because we were not allowed, but when the Soviet Union collapsed, my mother went out into the streets,” she said, adding her mother is “very proud” of her determination to protest outside City Hall.

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Pupils working at home ‘more at risk on their laptop from perverts and gangs than in the classroom’ – The Sun

SCHOOLKIDS are more at risk working at home on their laptop than they would be back in the classroom, a child protection chief warned yesterday.

Too much time learning online is leaving many youngsters vulnerable to a much wider range of dangers than coronavirus, according to Emily Konstantas.

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She said reports of paedophiles targeting children on the internet have rocketed since the lockdown began – but others could suffer long-term harm if left alone with a computer.

Lonely, unhappy or attention-seeking kids risk stumbling across damaging content, fall into the hands of county lines gangs or simply forget how to interact with other pupils.

Ms Konstantas, chief executive of the Safeguarding Alliance, which provides guidelines to organisations working with children, said: “We must not allow the coronavirus pandemic to turn into a child abuse epidemic.

Wider impact on children’s physical and mental health

“Over the past couple of months, many children have been using the internet for the first time and suddenly it has become the new norm for many of them.

“We have to take into consideration parents who are under increased pressure and stress at this time. They have work and financial stresses and children are feeling increasingly lonely and parents are providing them with devices perhaps they wouldn’t have had access to before the coronavirus crisis.

“This is a cause for increasing concern.”

The PM’s eagerness to re-open schools next week has also been supported by a report warning that children will suffer lifelong damage because of the lockdown.

Documents seen by members of SAGE, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, predict a wider impact on children’s physical and mental health, education and development.


It states: “A cohort of children have experienced a shock to their education, which will persist and affect their educational and work outcomes for the rest of their lives.

“The current lockdown may lead to an increase in adverse childhood experiences, for example: domestic violence, poor parental mental health, child neglect or abuse.”

Several police forces have reported or predicted a rising number of criminals targeting minors during the lockdown.
Thames Valley cops said they had received 64 reports in March, compared to 26 during the same month last year.

The NSPCC has warned that lockdown is the highest period of risk for online child abuse it has ever seen.

And the number of cases reported to the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children had increased by 107 per cent during the lockdown period in the US.

Last week The Sun on Sunday revealed how experts fear ten years of progress by kids from the most deprived backgrounds has been reversed by two months of lockdown – and standards will plummet further without an urgent return to lessons.

Tory MP Robert Halfon, who chairs the Commons education committee, said the latest revelations highlight the urgent need to re-open schools next month as planned.

He added: “We need to think about the terrible risk lockdown poses to these children which could destroy their life chances just as we talk about the minimal risk posed by them going back to school.”


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Beyonce rides shotgun in a convertible vintage Mercedes Benz – The Sun

BEYONCE was spotted riding shotgun in a convertible vintage Mercedes Benz.

The singer, 38, donned a mask, sunglasses and a hair wrap as she rode in the passenger side of the car.

While Beyonce rode along in the vintage vehicle, her bodyguards were driving their usual black Escalade behind.

In one photo she's seen speaking animatedly with a mystery person, then in the other she's adjusting her face mask – which has an upside down B on it.

The superstar appears to be ignoring the backlash against Lana Del Rey after she "compared herself" to pop stars Beyonce, Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj in a furious Instagram post earlier in the week.

The 34-year-old singer was slammed for being “racially insensitive” after she criticized "a group of mostly black women” in her controversial comments.




While talking about her upcoming album, she shaded her music colleagues – which also included Cardi B, Kehlani, Camila Cabello and Ariana Grande, for ”wearing no clothes.”

In the post Lana titled a “question for the culture,” she also said she was “fed up with female writers.”

Fans were livid about her comments which consisted of almost all women of color.

“I don’t know who was giving Lana Del Rey a hard time but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t Black women. Girl, sing your little cocaine carols and leave us alone,” one Twitter user wrote.


Another fired off: “Think Lana’s post would have been fine if she hadn’t compared herself to a group of mostly black women with the clear tone that she thinks she’s been treated worse by the media when that’s observably untrue.”

After the wave of criticism hit, Lana broke her silence Thursday and doubled down on her original comments.

"Bro. This is sad to make it about a WOC issue when I’m talking about my favorite singers. I could’ve literally said anyone but I picked my favorite f**king people.

"And this is the problem with society today, not everything is about whatever you want it to be. It’s exactly the point of my post – there are certain women that culture doesn’t want to have a voice it may not have to do with race I don’t know what it has to do with.

"I don’t care anymore but don’t ever ever ever ever bro- call me racist because that is bulls**t," she sounded off.

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Pochettino puts Newcastle on alert as ex-Spurs boss admits he is ready for another Premier League job – The Sun

MAURICIO POCHETTINO has put Newcastle on full alert by saying after six months out of football, his “tanks are full” and he is ready to manage again.

And the former Spurs boss has given the Toon’s prospective new Saudi owners hope of landing him by revealing he and his coaching team would prefer to work in the Prem and are open to all offers.

Poch, in his first newspaper interview since his gardening leave following his November sacking by Spurs ended this week, said: “Are we ready and hungry to get back to work? Yes. After six months, our tanks are completely full.

“Always, you dream of the perfect club. The perfect project.

“But we are a coaching staff that are open to listen to all the projects, all the people. We are learning and sharing ideas.

“You never know when it’s going to be the motivation or the inspiration to say, Oh, they are the right people, and you want to be with them or their club.

“We are very receptive to listen to all the people because every single conversation we can learn from and maybe we can see a motivation to go with them.”

Pochettino has also been a target for Manchester United and Real Madrid in the past.

The Premier League is the best league in the world. We enjoy it a lot.

But Newcastle's new owners, led by mega-rich Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, will be in a position to swoop for the Argentinean as soon as their £300million takeover is officially rubber-stamped.

The former Espanyol chief has worked in this country since joining Southampton in January 2013.

Asked if he would prefer to stay in the Premier League, he said: “Of course we love England, and the Premier League. We feel very good here. We are still living here in London.

“I am not going to change my feelings now because I am not involved in the Premier League at this moment.

“I still think the Premier League is the best league in the world. We enjoy it a lot.

“Of course, it’s one of the options. Of course, it can be my priority but I am not closed to move to a different country.

“It’s going to be difficult to leave this country – but not impossible.”

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SAGE graph suggests teachers are at very low risk of catching coronavirus from kids – The Sun

A GRAPH from the Government's top scientists has revealed teachers are at a very low risk of catching coronavirus from children.

The data drop from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) comes as Government ministers try to assure parents and teachers it is safe for kids to head back to schools.

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The graph suggests that children are much less likely to pass the virus on to others even if they do catch it.

It comes alongside an evidence review used by UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Professor Russell Viner looking at studies from Australian schools suggesting the chances of children passing on the virus were very unlikely.

The evidence in a document released by Downing street today said: "In primary school 6 cases resulted in 168 contacts and in one potential child contracting disease.

"In high schools, 12 cases had 695 contacts; ⅓ had contacts, all of which were negative.

"75 high school contacts had (antibody tests) 1 month after contact, with 1 student only (and no staff) having antibodies suggestive of infection."

But the documents also stressed that evidence on children transmitting the disease was inconclusive.

They said: "Evidence remains inconclusive on both the susceptibility and infectivity of children, but the balance of evidence suggests that both may be lower than in adults."

The documents also warned the impact lockdown was having on kids was causing a "shock" that would affect their work prospects for the rest of their lives.

Hardline teachers unions are in the middle of an almighty row with the Government over the reopening of schools on June 1, and have issued a 169 point checklist that must be fulfilled before teachers will go back to their posts.

The Joint Secretary of the National Education Union Dr Mary Bousted claimed the findings showed the planned return was “too soon”.

She said: “We think it’s just descending into chaos now and it’s not funny.

“The evidence is still not there, we now have the Independent Sage Committee saying give it two weeks then we’ll have half as much chance of catching the virus.

“This is just really confusing for parents, it’s very difficult for school leavers having to make decisions on inadequate scientific evidence.”

Only a handful of councils plan to reopen schools on June 1, leaving parents across the country in the dark over their children's education.

The final decision on whether or not to open up classrooms will fall to headteachers.

Analysis by The Sun showed at least 28 local authorities – which govern 2,269 primary schools – are preparing to defy Government advice and not reopen schools.

The information released by Sage runs contrary to a report released by a rival group of experts – the Independent Sage group – who said pushing the reopening of schools back by just two weeks would halve the risk to children. 

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Trump wears a face shield and marvels at his mask with presidential seal but still DOESN’T wear one at Ford factory – The Sun

PRESIDENT Trump tried on a face shield and brought his own mask with the presidential seal but refused to wear it during his Ford factory visit in Michigan. 

Before he arrived at the plant on Thursday, Attorney General Dana Nessel asked Trump to abide by Governor Whitmer and Ford's policy on face coverings in an open letter on Wednesday.



He touched down at Detroit International Airport by Plymouth this afternoon and headed over to the Ford Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti.

Upon arrival, he participated in roundtable with African American leaders at the Ford factory before  briefly posing with a protective face shield that was handed to him during a tour of the plant.

Trump was pictured admiring the personal protective equipment being produced there and posed for the cameras briefly wearing a robust face shield.

"I didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it," Trump said before showing off his own fabric face covering, which he'd reportedly removed for the duration of the tour.

"It was very nice. It looked very nice. They said [it was] not necessary."

"It's up to him," said Bill Ford, the company's chairman, told CNN about Trump's refusal to wear one.

Ford Motor Company CEO Jim Hackett and Executive Chairman of Ford William Clay Ford Jr. both wore face coverings in the factory, which was repurposed to make ventilators for COVID-19 patients and other medical supplies.




Whitmer and Nessel had appealed to the president to wear a face mask to mitigate the spread of the deadly bug at the facility.

"While my Department will not act to prevent you from touring Ford's plant, I ask that while you are on your tour you respect the great efforts of the men and women at Ford – and across this state – by wearing a facial covering," wrote Nessel.

"It is not just the policy of Ford, by virtue of the Governor's Executive Orders. It is currently the law of this State.

"Anyone who has potentially been recently exposed, including the President of the United States, has not only a legal responsibility, but also a social and moral responsibility, to take reasonable precautions to prevent further spread of the virus."


Ahead of Trump's visit, Ford Motor Co. reiterated its face mask policy to the White House earlier this week.

Ford told the Washington Post it requires everyone in factories to wear PPE, including masks, and that policy had been shared with the West Wing.

Trump has remained coy about whether or not he would wear a face covering, telling reporters that "in certain areas, I would. In certain areas, I don't."

"But I will certainly look at it," he said. "It depends on what situation. Am I standing right next to everybody or am I spread out? Where it's appropriate, I would do it certainly."

Whitmer's coronavirus policy states that people should wear a face covering in confined public spaces.

On Wednesday, the president threatened to withhold funding from Michigan when it emerged mail-in voting would be permitted there this year to mitigate the spread of coronavirus at polling stations.

Whitmer begged Trump for federal emergency aid after thousands of residents were evacuated as a result of heavy rains and hazardous flooding earlier this week.

He subsequently approved an emergency declaration for the hard-hit state on Thursday afternoon.

"Despite our efforts, local and state resources have been insufficient to respond to the situation," Whitmer had said.

 

The news comes after armed militia took to the streets of Lansing to protest Whitmer's lockdown measures.

Michigan residents are now allowed to gather in groups of 10 or less people, effective immediately, just in time for Memorial Day weekend.




 

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Trump DOESN’T wear a mask at Ford factory after Michigan AG and Gov said he had to wear one – The Sun

PRESIDENT Trump didn't don a mask during his visit to the Ford factory in Michigan even though the state's district attorney and governor begged him to wear one.

Before he arrived at the plant on Thursday, Attorney General Dana Nessel had asked him to abide by Governor Whitmer and Ford's policy on face coverings in an open letter to the president.

Trump, who has repeatedly appeared bare-faced in public and at the White House, is scheduled to visit a factory near Detroit, which was repurposed to produce vital ventilators.

"While my Department will not act to prevent you from touring Ford's plant, I ask that while you are on your tour you respect the great efforts of the men and women at Ford – and across this state – by wearing a facial covering," wrote Nessel.

"It is not just the policy of Ford, by virtue of the Governor's Executive Orders. It is currently the law of this State.

"Anyone who has potentially been recently exposed, including the President of the United States, has not only a legal responsibility, but also a social and moral responsibility, to take reasonable precautions to prevent further spread of the virus."

Ahead of Trump's visit, Ford Motor Co. reiterated its face mask policy to the White House earlier this week.

Ford told the Washington Post it requires everyone in factories to wear PPE, including masks, and that policy had been shared with the White House.

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Is Dirty John based on a true story? – The Sun

AS Dirty John returns for a second series, viewers are wondering what true crime story will inspire the series.

Shockingly, many of the details of the show are true to what happened in real life with the first series following the tragic story of John Meehan and Debra Newell, which ends in brutual murder – but what does the second series have in store for fans of the show?

Is Dirty John based on a true story?

Series 1 plot line focused on a doctor (based on John Meehan) that worked his way into a family, emotionally and mentally manipulating them before trying to abduct one of the daughters.

The season ended in bloody murder – just like in real life.

But the true story is even more horrific than the show portrays.

The real story goes that John Meehan met Debra Newell through a dating app – Debra thought she'd struck gold as he told he that he was a doctor.

But he missed out that he was raised surrounded by crime.

During his childhood, his parents divorced then his dad started to run a casino and made friends with con artists.

This rubbed off on young John and by the late 1980s he'd been caught dealing drugs and was exiled from California.

He then went to university and met Tonia Sells who was a nurse.

They married and had two children but Tonia claimed he was having an affair, had lied about his past, and was addicted to painkillers that he'd been stealing from patients.

They divorced and John spiralled into more issues with drugs and continued to con people – often single women were the target.

When he married Debra, which is where the show starts, he was addicted to opioids, had done time for theft and had a criminal history including stalking, possessing weapons, plus restraining orders had been taken out against him.

What is the second season about?

The second season of the show takes a whole new crime, looking at the real story of Dan and Betty Broderick.

The details of the true life story are likely to spoil some of the TV show plot.

In real life, Betty and Dan were married but Dan's attention was caught by his new assistant at work, Linda.

Eventually their marriage broke down and Betty started to leave Dan rude, aggressive and obscene messages on his phone.

She was warned against this by a lawyer, which reportedly sent her in a rage.

While Dan and his new wife Linda slept, she broke into their home with a gun and shot them both dead, seven months into their marriage. Reports say Linda died immediately, but Dan lived long enough to say "Okay, you shot me, I'm dead".

The dramatised version of the show will start on June 2 on the USA Network at 9pm.

Dirty John: The Story of Betty Broderick – Trailer for the two-part series starring Amanda Peet

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