‘Ferris Bueller’ Ferrari Sells for $235,000
The sweet 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder convertible that captivated Matthew Broderick — and gave one unscrupulous valet the joyride of his life — in ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off‘ now has a new home.
Actually, as NBC reports, director John Hughes used a few different cars for the film, and they weren’t actually Ferraris; instead, they were replicas, manufactured by a company called Modena. But unlike a lot of movie props, the cars actually worked — and although the replica that just sold needed heavy repairs to its front suspension after being filmed falling out of a building, it’s been “meticulously repaired and restored.”
The car, which wields an impressive 500 horsepower, was sold at auction on Aug. 17, fetching a final price of $235,000 — not quite as much as the pre-sale estimate of $250,000, but still not a bad haul for its former owner. (As a point of reference, a real ’61 California Spyder sold for almost $11 million in 2008, so at this price, the replica is a relative bargain.)
The seller, who helped design and build the car, admitted a certain degree of reluctance before the auction. “It is tough, because I built it and I’ve lived with it for over 25 years, so I hope it’ll go to someone that’ll use it and really enjoy the car a lot,” he said in a recent interview. “It handles better than it looks, and that was the main thing I wanted to do when we were building this car.”