‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ Ferrari on the block at Mecum Monterey

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This "Ferrari" -- actually a Modena GT Spyder California -- will be on the Mecum auction block during Monterey Car Week. | Mecum photo

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A faux Ferrari that was used in the filming of the ‘80s cult classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off will roll across Mecum’s auction block during Monterey Car Week in August.

I think Cameron Frye (played by Alan Ruck) could describe the car best: “The 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California. Less than 100 were made. My father spent three years restoring this car. It is his love. It is his passion.”

But the car is, in fact, not a Ferrari at all. It is actually a 1985 Modena GT Spyder California, built by Modena Design and Development in El Cajon, California, as a replica of the Ferrari 250 GT.

“Modena incorporated a number of Ferrari-style elements, such as the windshield, turn signals, grille, hood scoops, fender vents and a custom fiberglass body that was supposedly modeled after an MG, creating a close profile to the original Ferrari,” the auction listing read.

The car’s rectangular steel-tube frame – chassis No. 0003 — was built by Bob Webb. It is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 with four downdraft carburetors and paired with a 5-speed transmission.

The listing did not specify which scenes the car was used in, but I’m guessing it was not the one where (spoiler alert) the vehicle smashes through a huge window and lands on the forest floor below.

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The Modena underwent a refresh and updating over the past nine months. Neil Glassmoyer, the original builder and president of Modena Design, did the work.

It is unknown what the car could fetch at the block, but another one used in the film sold for $235,000 in 2013.

Anyone ready to buy it? Anyone? You can check out some of the best Modena moments from the film below.

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Carter Nacke is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He began his career at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, the largest news radio station in Arizona, where he specialized in breaking news and politics. A burgeoning interest in classic cars took him to the Journal in 2018. He's still on the hunt for his dad's old 1969 Camaro.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Really shocking to see this at any Auction- I owned the first documented car from Ferris Bueller and none of the Auctions would accept the car because I was told that "Ferrari would sue them".

  2. "a 5.0-liter V8". Any particular marque, or just a generic V8? What a waste of time, though I understand certain ethnic teens thought Ferris was "really cool", which shows you how square he – and they – really are.

    • No name V8, this almost always means "crate Chevy SB", but at 5.0L, and with the four Weber’s, could be a Ford 302 with induction by Jim Inglese.
      That body just cries out for a blown 7.0L LS motor and Tremec 6 spd, and if I’ve learned anything about cars in the last 40+ years, if a small block will fit, an LS will fit.
      Too bad the "movie connection" will place it out of reach of most hot rodders- it’s a freakin’ replica, what pedigree? Lol
      -R
      Fargo

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