And that brings us to why this Eleanor is so cool
The car's formal name is the Classic Recreations Shelby GT500CR 900S, and it started out as a Mustang that was allowed (by Shelby American) to be upgraded to Shelby specs, then, (like Eleanor to the GT500, and like the GT500 to the Mustang), the GT500CR was souped up. A lot.
Modern suspension and brakes help keep it somewhat safe, so long as you're not completely indiscriminate about your application of the nearly 800hp, 427cid V8 laying in wait beneath the hood. It's not cheap -- prices start at $219,000 before you get into a slew of options, several of which are in the five-figure range on their own -- but for a souped-up version of a souped-up version of a souped-up version of an American icon, that's kind of a steal.
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Aaron Miller is the Cars editor for Thrillist, and can be found on Twitter. He first saw one of these in person nearly a decade ago in Oklahoma. It was sexy.