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Ferris' Fake Ferrari Fetches Fantastic Fee

By Mitch Babbs

Fri Jan 24 2020

Let’s just get it out of the way: we all, at one point or another, dreamed about having a day to match Ferris Bueller’s in the iconic 1986 comedy bearing his name. But while the closest some of us might get to actually living that experience will be throwing the occasional sickie, one superfan in Scottsdale, Arizona has gotten a step closer by picking up one of the iconic Ferraris used in filming.

Selling for $577,000 AUD at auction, the ‘fake’ Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder SWB is a replica of the iconic hot-red convertible and one of three carbon copies used during filming. 

Considering the astronomical price that the original vehicles fetch (somewhere in the range of $25M AUD) and some of the stunts performed by the vehicle during filming (tearing around the streets of Chicago, and the infamous scene in which Spyder goes flying through a window and into the trees), it’s no surprise that cheaper versions needed to be used during filming.

The crew did get a hold of originals for close-up shots, but the budget allocated to the film meant they were unable to get sign-off on trashing the genuine article.

And while the car looks as close as possible to the real thing on the outside, after having undergone an off-body restoration in the last few months, it features some significant differences.

Unlike the original, which houses a 3.0L Colombo V12, the replica sports a five-speed manual gearbox sending drive to the rear wheels by way of a 7.0L V8 engine. And weight reduction factors in heavily to the other changes that have been made. All throughout, carbon-fibre inner tubes have been installed to reduce weight.

The eagle-eyed out there might realise there’s a small change to the wheels, as they’ve been custom-built to 16-inches wrapped in BF Goodrich tyres. 

It’s also not even close to being true to the era from which it comes, being packed full of modern features like a Bluetooth sound system, Blaupunkt amps in the boot, and a GPS-based speedo.

So with all these changes, it appears the real value for the vehicle is derived from its position as an icon of popular cinema. And the auction house selling it (Barrett-Jackson), appear to be fully aware, as it’s packed to the gills with film memorabilia.

Packaged with the purchase come photos of the build in progress, a 1/24th die-cast model of the car, a Hot Wheels version, and a certificate of authenticity from the company that built it—Modena Design and Development.

It’s not the first of the Ferris Bueller replicas to go under the hammer either; another stunt car from the film was sold at auction for $593,000 AUD in 2018. The real question: is $600,000 too much to chase this feeling?