One of the three Ferraris that was featured in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is going up for auction next month.
Offered by Mecum Auctions, the car was prominently featured in the movie where Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck) introduced it to Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) as a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California. Frye went on to say “Less than 100 were made. My father spent three years restoring this car. It is his love. It is his passion.”
While that helps to set the scene for the car’s eventual destruction, it’s completely false. Instead, all three cars featured in the film were actually Modena GT Spyder California models built by Modena Design and Development in El Cajon, California.
While the car does resemble a Ferrari, it features a fiberglass body that Mecum Auctions says was “supposedly modeled after an MG.” It rides on a specially-built steel frame and has a number of Ferrari-inspired styling details including the grille, front fender vents and hood scoop.
The old school styling continues in the cabin as there’s a wood rimmed steering wheel, a dashboard-mounted rearview mirror and minimalist gauges. The car also has leather seats and a “period-looking radio.”
Power is provided by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that has been equipped with four downdraft carburetors. There’s no word on performance specifications, but Mecum says the engine is connected to a five-speed manual transmission and has “black crinkle-finished valve covers.”
This particular model is the last of the three cars that were built and it has recently undergone nine months of “refreshing and updating” by one of the founders of Modena Design.
The car will be up for grabs at the Mecum Auction in Monterey, California. The auction kicks off on August 23rd and the winning bidder will receive an assortment of memorabilia from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
H/T to Silodrome