->'''HIS BUSINESS IS STEALING CARS...when he goes to work, the excitement starts---and GOES---and GOES---and GOES!'''

Chace Research insurance investigator Maindrian Pace and his team lead a double life as expert car thieves. When a Colombian drug lord contracts him to steal 48 cars in a week for $400,000, he has secured all but one, a 1971 Mustang Mach I, codenamed Eleanor. After destroying a 1972 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado because it was owned by a drug trafficker (and packed to the brim with heroin), Eugene Chace, his business partner/brother-in-law, tips off the police to stakeout the International Tower in Long Beach, location of the final Mustang.

{{Car Chase}}s ensue.

Made by H. B. "Toby" Hallicki, known as [[MeaningfulName The Shoestring Salesman]] (who did all of his own stunts) on a budget of almost nothing. Has [[Film/GoneInSixtySeconds2000 a remake]] starring Creator/AngelinaJolie and Creator/NicolasCage.
!!''Gone in 60 Seconds'' shows examples of the following tropes:
* AndStarring: Eleanor.
* AsHimself: Parnelli Jones, as well as all the police, emergency responders, and mayor of Carson.
* BadassDriver: Pace, and Hallicki, who did all of the stunts himself, including the 120 foot jump (which actually compressed twelve vertebrae and resulted in a permanent limp).
* BecauseImGoodAtIt: Why the team at Chace Research steal cars.
* BMovie
* CainAndAbel: Pace and Eugene, of the brother-in-law variety.
* CarChase: While ''Film/{{Bullitt}}'' is credited with making the trope and ''Film/VanishingPoint'', ''Film/TheFrenchConnection'' and ''Film/TheSevenUps'' codifying it, this film perfects the CarChase genre. In fact, clocking in at 40 minutes, this is the single longest chase in cinematic history.
* CoolCar: Made in 1973, virtually all the cars on the market were Cool Cars.
* EtTuBrute: Eugene, Pace's brother-in-law, tipped off the cops about his whereabouts of stealing Eleanor.
* FingertipDrugAnalysis: When the Eldorado comes in with packets of white powder, Atlee stabs one packet with a switchblade and tastes the powder, declaring it to be heroin.
* HassleFreeHotwire: How Pace steals Jill's twin. He uses a slide hammer to remove the cover over the ignition cylinder, then sticks a screwdriver in the cylinder to start it (in RealLife, this would only mess up the cylinder and necessitate replacement). He steals a 1969 Rolls Royce later on by attaching another ignition cylinder to some sort of bypass (the model year seems to be deliberate, because all vehicles made for the US starting in the 1970 model year were required to have a steering column lock).
* HeroAntagonist[=/=]PunchClockHero: The police, who are only trying to solve a sudden rash of high end car thefts.
* ICallItVera: Discussed by Pace and Atlee, then played straight. He gives all 48 cars women's names as codenames.
* ManlyTears: Pace is noticeably choked up when they destroy the Jill, red Challenger R/T.
* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: Discussed. The team has an underwriter buy Jill, a wrecked 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T, then steals an identical Challenger and swap out the engine, transmission and VIN placards and sell it to a Chrysler dealership ([[TruthInTelevision a very real technique]]), Atlee explains to TheNewGuy (doubling as AudienceSurrogate) that because over a million cars are stolen annually in Los Angeles, the chances of that specific car being being found after undergoing a swap out are 500,000:1.
--> "Jill just became a statistic."
** Naturally, they get caught when the insurance underwriter drives by the dealership and sees the wrecked car he just bought, good as new, with the same license plate, forcing Pace to steal it and take it to the wreckers.
* ProductPlacement: Throughout the film we see many brands, most notably Goodyear Tire, provided by the blimp no less, Arco Gas Stations, and a complete radio ad for the Cal Worthington Ford Dealership.
* PublicSecretMessage: After stealing the uninsured Mustang, the owner puts an ad in the paper, stating it's uninsured and if returned, no questions would be asked.
* RealPersonCameo: All the police, emergency responders, mayor of Carson, California, were all real. And Parnelli Jones and his Big Oly Bronco (which he still owns and takes to car shows).
* SloMoBigAir: Maindrian drives off a hood that just happened to be placed on two wrecked cars (unrelated to his chase).[[note]]There was a dirt ramp underneath the hood[[/note]] This is shown from several angles in slow-motion, then shown at normal speed. You can actually see Eleanor bending on landing.
* ThatOneCase: Eleanor, the only car to give him trouble. After deciding to return one stolen from Harold Smith, an insurance claims adjuster notorious for denying claims (and screwing over more people than Pace's brother-in-law) [[ForTheEvulz just to see him weasel his way out of it]], he steals an uninsured Mustang that Pumpkin, his fiancée, insists he return. He then steals another Mustang from the International Tower in Long Beach, only for it to be staked out, resulting in a massive police chase.
* TheSeventies
* TitleDrop: On the ''Goodyear Blimp'', no less, advising people to lock their cars or it could be stolen in under a minute.
* VillainProtagonist: Pace, who is, after all, stealing cars, though he does insist on only stealing insured cars so the owners are compensated.