Students enrolled in a unique degree program at a southeastern Michigan community college are building an “Eleanor” tribute car to benefit charity. With the help of Chip Foose, Dynacorn and Roush Performance, students taking automotive restoration and customization coursework at Washtenaw Community College will finish the car in advance of an October drawing to benefit the Salvation Army of Washtenaw County and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.
If work done by previous students is any indication, the 1967 Shelby tribute vehicle should be well worth the $15 tickets being sold for a chance to own this new car. The top students from WCC’s Automotive Services department participate in the Custom Cars and Concepts program, which has created a series of award-winning customized vehicles in the past few years, including a 1964 Chevrolet Impala 409 convertible that was chosen for the prestigious Riddler Row at Autorama. Their newest project is a 1967 Ford Mustang GT500 fastback, based on the famed “Eleanor” car seen in both the original and the remake of the classic car movie “Gone in 60 Seconds.”
The then-completed car will be on display at WCC’s annual campus car show in early October, where a drawing will be held to determine its new owner. In addition to the car, the winner will receive a trip in early November to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, where the car will be showcased. Click here, for more information.