13 Mustangs from 1967-1968 were modified to be "Eleanor" in the movie. One was a True Shelby GT500, but this was used by Bruckheimer as a reference piece and used by him personally. The rest were run of the mill Mustangs modified with bodykits and other goodies. One was chopped up to film certain sequences (in car shots, etc.), 2 were destroyed, and the other Mustangs were modified to perform certain tasks (Chases, Jumps, etc.).
When Nick Cage is getting into an argument with the black gang, Vinnie Jones comes in and saves the day. He does his signature move once given to Paul Gascoigne in a football match. He slams his hand down, grabs the guy's balls and lifts up. I'd truly hate to piss him off. The pic of the football game is on his website.