The first-generation Ford Taurus revolutionized the mid-size sedan segment, literally sending competitors like General Motors and several Japanese rivals back to the drawing board. Several years after its introduction, Ford managed to once again light the world on fire with the 1989 Ford Taurus SHO, a range-topping performance model packed with respectable performance and driving dynamics.
Today, lightly-used models are starting to command prices well above $5,000, but our featured SHO currently on sale on Bring a Trailer with no reserve might not reach that high. That’s because of some imperfections that might make it a better deal than the extremely clean collectibles still out there.
Currently, $3,600 is the maximum bid for this 1989 Ford Taurus SHO. That’s a bit lower than expected, though there are two major reasons why bidders might be staying away. For starters, the true mileage of this SHO cannot be verified at the moment. The Carfax report suggests the odometer rolled over at some point, making it a 141K mile vehicle.
The Ford Mustang initially achieved cinematic immortality in Bullitt, a 1968 film starring Steve McQueen that featured some of the best car chase scenes of all time. Fortunately, it wasn’t the last Hollywood production to give the pony car a starring role. Gone in 60 Seconds, the 2000 remake starring Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie, introduced the iconic 1967 Eleanor Mustang to the world, and things haven’t been quite the same since. The Eleanor was an incredible and unique take on the ’67 Shelby GT500, and enthusiasts as well as those who aren’t your typical “car people” instantly fell in love with the design.
Three Eleanors survived production to make it into the hands of private collectors. As Ford Authority previously reported, one of them sold for quite a bit of money back in January 2020. That example went to auction, but the Eleanor featured here today is simply being offered for sale by a German dealership.
The 1967 Eleanor Mustang for sale at ChromeCars is #7 of the 11 originally built for the movie. Cinema Vehicle Services, the company responsible for producing the Mustangs, worked with legendary automotive designers Steve Sanford and Chip Foose on the design, which explains why they look so great.
This particular Eleanor has traveled far and wide over the last 20 years. A British collector brought it to Europe some time before 2012. Then, ChromeCars purchased it in 2017 and transported it back to Los Angeles to revisit the original film locations. It then made its way back across the Atlantic to Germany, where it currently resides.