• Mar 31, 2010
Ferris Bueller's Day Off – Selected Ferrari movie clips – Click above to watch the video

When a legitimate Ferrari 250GT Spyder California goes on sale at auction, the ultra-rare droptops can fetch $10 million or more. The are two reasons the 250GT fetches so much cash: because there were fewer than 100 copies made between 1958 and 1963 and because we're talking about a gorgeous Ferrari. Now switch out the legit Ferrari with one of the many replica 250GTs, the payout would likely be so insignificant many auction houses wouldn't bother.

That's almost universally true, but if you're talking about the actual 1961 Ferrari 250GT replica used in the classic John Hughes movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the same rules don't necessarily apply. The one-of-a-kind replica, built off of a far more pedestrian MG platform, is being auctioned off at the Bonhams Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia auction on April 19 at the RAF Museum London. The price tag for a piece of automotive movie history? The auction house is reportedly looking to snag £30,000 to £40,000 ($45,000 to $60,000 in U.S. funds) for the little red ragtop. The fake Ferrari is reportedly ready to be driven, but rumor has it that the replica wasn't even reliable when the movie was being shot back in the mid-80s.

Maybe we're just big fans of the film, but we thought it might go for a bit more – perhaps it would have more potential at a Stateside auction. Either way, we're hoping that whoever just bought Cameron's house (it was up for sale last year) splurges a little and reunites these two. Bonus video footage of both from the movie available after the jump.

[Sources: Telegraph, Motorator]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      HUGE mistake not to auction it in the US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Strange - I thought Ferris Bueller's Day Off was more of an American, coming-of-age- move - not a film that would appeal to many - unless you were in high school back in 1980 - and a fake Ferrari? - replicars only have the value that one places in them - fake Cobras are - what? - around $35,000 - and fake Speeders abound $25,000 - so the auction "value" seems a bit high - even if this motorcar IS from a "famous" film!
        • 4 Years Ago

        What do you mean "famous" This film is iconic.

        Auction should have been in the US, I am sure the popularity of Ferris is much greater in NA.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, what's the reasoning behind that?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would imaging that all the Ferrari badges will all be removed....I think I read somewhere the company that built the mg based car was sued be Ferrari and went out of business years ago....I'm surprised it wasn't crushed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am so tired of seeing this mistake repeated over and over.
      As a big fan of Bueller, Ferrari, and MG -
      for the last time, the Ferrari replica was emphatically NOT an MG, and not built on an MG platform:
      (the MGB is a monocoque, not body- on-frame, it has no 'platform', the body panels an structure is integral and the only way to disguise one would be to cover the entire thing with fiberglass . . .)
      the car was a Modena California Spider kit, it used MGB taillights and trunklid (thus the confusion), fiat windshield and hood, mustang(?) mechanicals, and a bunch of bespoke stuff.
      http://www.kitcarmag.com/featuredvehicles/5531_ferrari_spyder_replica_kit/index.html
      http://www.calspyderii.com/Welcome.html
      comment 19 on this thread:
      http://www.autoblog.com/2006/07/14/fun-fact-friday-cameron-s-ferrari-250-gt-california-really-an-m/
      a real ferrari was used for some of the action scenes.
      (caveat - the car pushed over the cliff was a different car and MAY have been a disguised MG, but the jury is out on that one)
      • 4 Years Ago
      "The 1961 Ferrari 250GT California. Less than a hundred were made. My father spent three years restoring this car. It is his love, it is his passion. "

      "It is his fault he didn't lock the garage."

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

      "Please don't say were not going to take the car home. Please don't say were not going to take the car home. Please don't say were not going to take the car home"

      "You killed the car."
      • 4 Years Ago
      I meant fake SPEEDSTERS - although, I will say - the HOUSE used in the film was VERY cool! BTW - what was the POINT of the movie? Parents are evil? Rich parents are evil? Ditching school is cool? Crashing an expensive classic car is a good way of getting back at your dad?
        • 4 Years Ago
        In defense of home-schooled weirdos, of which I am one, even we think that was a fantastic movie.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You must be trolling for an argument or you were a home-schooled weirdo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its so choice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So if that's what Cameron's Dad's "Ferrari" is fetching, I wonder how much Cameron's Alfa Romeo Alfetta Sport Saloon would go for? Last we saw, it wouldn't start.
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