Ferris Bueller’s Ferrari to auction

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2015-06-26 10:57:35

Ferris Bueller’s Ferrari to auction

One of the Ferrari Modena Spyder California cars used in the making of 1980s cult film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off will be auctioned in August.

Regularly voted one of the most iconic movie cars of the 1980s, the Spyder California was chosen to star in the film over a Mercedes AMG, which was what the script suggested, and a Porsche Turbo, another car the director John Hughes was considering.

In the movie, Ferris convinces his friend Cameron to borrow his father’s rare 1961 Ferrari GT California, which ends up wrecked.

Three of the cars were used interchangeably in the film. One of them never worked and was used as the car that runs backwards out of Cameron’s dad’s window.

The other is well documented as the car used in the film, which sold at a Bonhams auction in 2010 for £79,600.

The fate of the third was a mystery: it was not even confirmed that it had been used in the filming at all.

In fact, the two working Ferraris were used as both hero and stunt cars in the film, the big jump scene needing nine takes shared between them. Whichever car was in working order on each day of filming was the one they used.

The third Ferrari Modena Spyder California was bought back by Modena Design and Development co-owner Neil Glassmoyer in 1988, who had originally developed the car. He then spent years restoring it from its stunt-used, beaten up condition, filled with holes for camera mounts.

It will be offered as part of Mecum Auctions’ Monterey sale on August 15-17.

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