It’s a common misconception that the famous vehicle in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a Ferrari. And it might surprise you to learn that it’s not. Officially, it’s a 1985 Modena GT Spyder California, and was depicted as a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California in the classic movie. And now, it’s up for auction. In the film, three cars were used: two working cars and one shell. The one on the auction block is one of the two working cars.
The iconic vehicle is heading to the Mecum Auctions gala event in Monterrey, California, which coincides with the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours event from August 23-25.
The faux Ferrari features a Ford 351 engine (claimed 500 horsepower), and updates courtesy of Neil Glassmoyer, one of the founders of Modena Design. Currently, there is no estimated price for the vehicle, but the same vehicle sold for $235,000 at the 2013 Mecum auction.
What may influence the price of the Spyder is its placement on the National Historic Vehicle Register (it is one of 24 vehicles on the list). According to Historic Vehicle Association, the Spyder is significant because of its, “association with an important person and events in American history and culture. The Ferrari replica featured prominently in the iconic John Hughes film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and has become the tangible embodiment of the classic film’s enormous popularity within American popular culture.”