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Where is the Ferrari From ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ Now?

Where is the Ferrari From ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ Now?

Decades after John Hughes wrote and directed Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the featured red Ferrari remains an iconic movie car. Released in 1986, the teen comedy features Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller, who takes a day off from school for hijinks across Chicago. Joined by his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) and best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck), they borrow Cameron’s father’s Ferrari for transportation.

Of course, fans of the coming-of-age classic recall several memorable scenes centering on the Ferrari. These include some parking attendants taking the sweet ride for a spin set to the Star Wars theme, and the tragic fate of the vehicle at the hands (er… feet) of Cameron. With that said, whatever happened to Ferris Bueller’s Ferrari used in the film?

There were four total of four ’61 Ferrari GT replicas made for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Three were used for various driving sequences. Neil Glassmoyer and Mark Goyette built the GT Spyder California at Modena Design and Development.

The GT Spyder featured a 1974 302 c.i.d. Ford V-8 engine paired with a C-4 automatic transmission. It might seem like an odd choice to make the vehicle automatic transmission. However, there are rumors that Glassmoyer and Goyette opted for the automatic due to Matthew Broderick’s unfamiliarity with driving stick.

Interestingly, the “Ferrari” that tragically flew out of the window was non-functional. Glassmoyer and Goyette meticulously crafted a fiberglass shell specifically for that scene, intending to demolish it afterward.

Two Ferraris Used in ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ Have Been Auctioned in Recent Years

However, the studio used replicas for a reason. Only 56 of the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California used in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off were ever made. Of course, destroying one of these gems would have cost the production millions. As a matter of fact, in 2016, an actual 250 GT California sold for $17 million at auction.

According to Entertainment Weekly, a Ferrari used in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was sold at auction in 2022 for $337,500. The kicker? It’s the one that can’t drive that was used when the car is wrecked at the end of the film.

A “hero car,” one of the Ferraris that featured in the actual driving scenes of the film, was sold at auction in 2020 for a bit more at $396,000.

According to the seller, the car was purchased in 1989 by its previous owner, a plastic surgeon based in Los Angeles. The transaction took place with a Paramount Picture Cars employee as partial payment for services.

The doctor kept the iconic Ferris Bueller Ferrari for three decades, making minor updates like adding disc brakes and cosmetic changes. The car was rarely driven during this time. In the late 2000s, it was stored in a Beverly Hills garage, untouched for nearly a decade until the seller discovered it.