Soon You’ll Have the Chance to Buy the Fake Ferrari From ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’

“If you had access to a car like this, would you take it back right away?”

Remember the gorgeous 1961 Ferrari 250GT Cameron and Ferris drooled over in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? It wasn’t really a Ferrari, but it was a real car, there were only three made, and one is about to hit the auction block. 

If Ferris Bueller were a dish it’d be Gen X comfort food. People of a certain age often love the movie without reservation, and for that reason the car is a treasure. So the fact it’s about to hit any kind of market is bound to have some moms and dads nationwide checking their bank accounts.

The 250GT California was really a 1985 Modena GT Spyder California. Director John Hughes wasn’t stupid—he knew it was insane to buy real Ferraris only to wreck one. So he commissioned specialists to create functional fake Ferraris. Of the three one was just a chassis and wheels, so naturally that was the one that went through the rear window of Cameron’s dad’s garage. 

Another was preserved and is currently on display in a Planet Hollywood. Then there’s the one we’re talking about here.

It’s going on the block at Mecum Auctions between August 23-and 25. Here’s what Mecum says you need to know if you’re lucky enough to be the winning bidder: 

  • Modena was inducted into Smithsonian Historical Vehicle Association Hall of Fame in April 2018 as the 22nd inductee
  • High performance 5.0L V-8 engine with aluminum heads and roller rockers
  • 4 downdraft Weber carburetors
  • 5-speed transmission
  • Coilover shocks
  • 4-wheel independent suspension
  • Driving lights
  • Air conditioning
  • AM/FM stereo
  • Certificate of Authenticity from Modena Design
  • Original VIN tags
  • Nine months of refresh and updates by original builder Neil Glassmoyer, president of Modena Design
  • Ferris Bueller’s movie memorabilia included

The challenge if you really do want this piece of movie history is to make it to the auction with the money and on time. 

So get yourself to Monterey, CA by August 23, because as Ferris Bueller understood, anyone with any sense would definitely want access to a car like this.