Before we begin, I would recommend putting this on in the background for ambiance. Got it going? Good. The 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California. Less than 100 of them were made. My father spent three years restoring it. It is his love. It is his passion.
And it’s his fault somebody didn’t lock the garage, because now it’s heading for auction.
Okay, so this is not actually a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California, but it is one of the three Ferrari California replicas made for filming the 1986 classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. (What, you thought they sent an actual Ferrari careening out of a window?) The car is, technically, a Modena GT Spyder California, made by California-based Modena Design, built upon a custom tube chassis (made by Indy car builder Bob Webb) and powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine. So, not exactly a Ferrari but still convincingly beautiful and up for some shenanigans.
Of the three cars built for the movie, this is one of the two working examples built (the third was just a rolling shell sent out the aforementioned window). It was acquired by the president of Modena Design Neil Glassmoyer, who subsequently restored it (which only took nine months, not three years) after the shooting of the film. The odometer shows 1,520 actual miles, though whether or not somebody tried putting it into reverse to bring that number down is anyone’s guess.
Thing is, a real 250 GT California would cost you millions at auction (like, try in the neighborhood of $18 million), but this car is expected to fetch somewhere between $250,000 and $300,000 when it goes on sale later this month in Monterey. When you think about it, is that so much to pay for a functioning and iconic piece of ’80s movie history? (Sure beats that crumbling shoe from Back to the Future II). As a wise man once said, “if you have the means I highly recommend picking one up.”
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