A replica of the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California will soon go under the hammer at Bonham’s Amelia Island Auction on March 2, 2023. This is one of the four cars produced for the classic film Ferris’ Bueller’s Day Off.
Many people who cannot afford the real deal opt for replica cars. However, the history of his Ferrari 250 GT California is very interesting. Hollywood director John Hughes was responsible for the cult film Ferris’ Bueller’s Day Off. However, due to budget constraints, it was definitely not possible to buy a real Ferrari at the time of filming. In fact, in one of the scenes the car was smashed through a window while in another scene a cop is seen driving the car away and getting some air time. So they contacted California-based Modena Design and Development to come up with a solution. The company produced three drivable cars while one with just the body and no engine was made for the window crash scene.
Meanwhile, the car that went through a window was built later in 1980. This model was sold at a price of US$337,500 in December 2022. Meanwhile, this particular example, w hich is in drivable condition, was acquired by a doctor based in Los Angeles instead of payment by a Paramount employee.
In fact, the fiberglass car could easily sell at auction for around $500,000. That said, the car comes with a 5.0-liter Ford V8 engine that produces just 165 hp. Modena Design configured this car with an automatic transmission, as Matthew Broderick could not drive a manual transmission. The good folks at Modena Design and Development went ahead and added a gate to the switch. Therefore, at a glance, it appears that the Ferrari replica is configured with a manual transmission.
This particular model comes with a paperwork. Therefore, it is more or less confirmed that it was used for the driving scenes of the film. The owner of this car expects a good price for this rare car at auction. All in all thanks to its history as well as the fact that this copy is quite a rare commodity. Therefore, it would be a rare occurrence of a kit/replica car going for more than an actual Ferrari.