• Jul 14, 2006
The 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California that starred in the cult classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off was really an MG in Maranello drag. In the movie Cameron states that less than 100 were made; actually only 55 were ever produced. The website www.80s.com pegs the value of an actual example at $2.5 million, which means thrashing and trashing one in the film would've busted the budget, along with drawing the ire of Ferrari faithful everywhere.

Instead, the film hired a company to build the car from an MG. That company, whose name wasn't mentioned in the article, was later sued by Ferrari for the use of its logo and later went bankrupt due to the amount of damages it was required to pay the prancing horse. We say blame it on Cameron's dad... it was his fault he didn't lock the garage.

[Source: 80s.com]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I was one of the builder's of the cars used in the movie;"Ferris Bueller's Day Off". It was a custom made frame,with a small block Ford engine,fibirglass body.We did use the windshield,rear trunk,and tail lights from an M.G. There were two complete cars and one was just a shell,(the one that went out the window)
      • 8 Years Ago
      #9, there was a lawsuit too, but after ferrari won, they gave them the white Testarossa for free (not 100% sure but i think it was too important for them) to replace the corvette version.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, and from the money that movie made--and from the comedic help that company gave the film--no one, not Broderick, not the director, no one helped the company after the lawsuit?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I will have to look this up again but from what I remember, it had a Ford drive train. It was powered by a v8 so it must have been a MGB to accommodate the space.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There was NO MG used to build the Ferris Bueller car!!! They only used a few parts from the MG - the trunk lid and tail lights. Bill, who worked on building the replicas, said they used the MG windshield too, although I thought they used a Fiat 124 windshield and top (I could be wrong). It was NOT an MG! It was not based on an MG! There is no donor car that it was built on! The company that built the replicas was Modena Design. The company was sold and became Precision Design & Engineering (I forgot the owners name). Ferrari did not sue them out of business. The CalSpyder 'replica' is NOT a replica of anything. It's an original design penned by Mark Goyette of Modena Design. Not a single mold was splashed off another car. It was clearly inspired by cars of the era, including the Ferrari, but it embodies styling cues from several cars of the era. Compare it directly with an original and the differences are readily apparent. Actually, I think the 'CalSpyder' kit car is a better looking car than the Ferrari!

      Anyway, these cars are now offered as kits or turn key from Classic Cars by Renucci in Flagstaff, AZ (http://www.calspyderii.com).

      Here's an article from when Precision Design took over production, before selling to Renucci:
      http://www.kitcarmag.com/featuredvehicles/5531_ferrari_spyder_replica_kit/index.html
      • 8 Years Ago
      So they went broke, just because they pay want lawsuit,
      apparently making-fake-ferraris-out-of-Mgs, isnt so profitable after all, lol.

      ONLY 55 PRODUCED?
      I can see one of those making records on the next Barret-jackson car auctions, cause its a classic, its rare, and its a hollywood stars, its got the whole package to bring the 6 figures...
      • 8 Years Ago
      An MG? Hmmm…then what engine note are we hearing when Ferris picks up Sloane at the high school and tears outta there?! Hopefully the producers dubbed in some wild sound of a real 250 GT, but I doubt it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So, this company makes a look alike to avoid destoying a rare, pricey Ferrari, and Ferrari sues them? Would they have rather them destroy the real deal? That makes no sense, but when lawyers are involved that happens a lot.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I seem to recall, in the Director's Commentary on the DVD that they had both an actual 250, and the "fake" one for the driving/flying/crashing parts. If you watch closely, you can tell the difference between the two. The MG is mostly visible by the Smith's gauges on the dashboard, and the underside view whilst airborne, which is an obvious 4-cyl, single exhaust car.

      I've never heard of the lawsuit story though... sounds urban-legend-y to me.

      --chuck
      • 8 Years Ago
      Here's the real thing in Sausalito, CA:

      http://crunch22.blogspot.com/2006/06/ferrari-250-california-spyder.html

      Given the MG comments above, it was interesting to note that the tail lights were stamped "Lucas-made in England", and looked to be the same ones used on early MGB's or Midgets.
      • 8 Years Ago
      But it must be true! I'm reading it on the Internet!!!1one
      • 8 Years Ago
      i doubt it was the movie itself that caused the lawsuit; most likely they were producing, and selling MG -> Ferrari conversion kits that included the logo without permission
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