Auction Block: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Ferrari 250 GT California Replica Movie Car

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Written, directed, and co-produced by John Hughes, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a popular 1980s flick that follows the film’s titular character as he spends a day playing hooky in Chicago, attempting to cram as much fun into the short period as possible. This includes the movie’s main character convincing his best friend to “borrow” his father’s extremely rare and valuable 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder — a vehicle that was famously destroyed towards the film’s end (albeit using a replica build and not a genuine Prancing Horse). Fast forward 36 years after the film’s release, and one of the film-used Ferrari “replicars” is now headed to auction.

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Used alongside an actual 250 GT California Spyder for the movie’s tighter shots, several replica Ferraris were used for the film’s production — all of which were actually replica Spyder California models courtesy of Modena Design and Development. The particular example being sold is almost certainly the most famous, as it’s the car that’s seen crashing through its garage (in reverse) and plummeting towards the ground where its destroyed. Sadly, the replica is not being sold with the “NRVOUS” license plates adorning it in the film. 

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Despite being launched through a glass wall and falling several stories to the ground, the specimen being sold is in remarkably clean condition, save for a busted right taillight. Also, because the car was used for the crash sequence, it didn’t require a powertrain. As such, the car merely exists as an empty shell with a frame draped in replica fiberglass bodywork. With that said, the car’s interior is immaculate and the thing is still expected to fetch six figures when it crosses the auction block. 

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The Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Ferrari 250 GT California Replica Movie Car is currently being auctioned off through Heritage Auctions, where, as of the time of writing, bidding has reached $337,500. The auction will also see other items from the film cross the auction block, including Ferris’ iconic vest, a slew of movie posters, and an original script, just to name a few.