Ferris Bueller’s Ferrari sells for ridiculous amount at auction
However, it didn’t reach the millions of other 250 GT California classics. Here’s why.
For many, the 1980’s film industry was made up of fast-paced action films completed with corny one-liners expressed by foreign actors. For me, ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ is the film that pops into my mind when thinking about that particular decade. The cheeky comedy and relatable characters make the film what it is, but it’s brought to perfection thanks to the car that plays a major part.
The classic in question is a beautiful, red Ferrari 250 GT California that suffers quite a blood curdling end. Sorry, I should have mentioned that’s a bit of a spoiler to those that haven’t seen the film. If that's the case, get yourself a copy from Amazon now.
Obviously, such a stunt could never have been done with a real car costing in excess of $10 million. To avoid bankrupting the film company, shooting was done with a set of three replica cars built by Modena Design and Development. To this day, the cars still exist, and one has recently gone under the hammer at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Before sending chassis #GTC001 to auction, its previous owners performed a total restoration and even brought the car up to date with modern gizmos. Built into the freshly reupholstered leather interior is a Retrosound radio with Bluetooth connectivity, a GPS speedo and a set of high-quality speakers.
Under the iconic bodywork sits a massive 7.0-litre V8 hooked up to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
It seems the market for famous, fake Ferraris has lost its edge in the past year or so. In fact, having sold for $396,000, it has lost its previous owner over $10,000. The car last changed hands in August of 2018 for a larger sum of $407,000.
Although the Ferrari market on a whole has dropped recently, I think the more likely cause to the loss in cash for the poor owner is down to the modifications. In fact, in the classic car world, the examples with the most original parts are those that hit the highest figures.