8/20/2013 4:22 PM ET|
'Ferris Bueller' Ferrari sells for $235,000
The iconic car that crashed through Cameron's window is one of 3 made for the film. It's also a symbol of bad 1980s parenting.
There are a few lessons to take away from John Hughes' 1986 film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," if you're thinking of purchasing a 1963 Ferrari California Spyder.First, school administrators won't be fazed if you use one to pick up a student who's supposedly leaving school to mourn the death of a loved one. Second, high school students playing hooky have nothing on Chicago public garage attendants, who have nothing but time to use the city's broad, traffic-free streets as their private proving grounds. Third, take out your daddy issues on the car all you'd like -- just shut it off first. Finally, there's this little chestnut from Matthew Broderick's title character regarding the car itself: "It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up."
On Saturday in Monterey, Calif., someone with that kind of bankroll took Ferris' advice and blew $235,000 on one of the car's three versions used in the film. While all three were replicas made by fabricator Modena, the vehicle in question was completely restored after the scene in which Cameron Frye's foot sent it sailing through a plate-glass window -- a scene that had to be shot nine times.
The front suspension had to be completely rebuilt, but the car that just sold at Mecum Auctions is still worthy of the joyride the film gave it.
It's a metaphor for ambitious, absentee '80s parents and the neglected, introverted kids left in their wake who now overcompensate by establishing their own children as the center of the universe.
It's also, until its untimely demise, the one portion of Ferris and company's wonderful day that just refuses to go right. In a film about the joys of living life on one's own terms, the Ferrari is the leaden anchor of others' actions and expectations.
It is, simply put, the worst thing the movie has to offer -- and someone just paid $235,000 for it. Life moves pretty fast, but it doesn't move fast enough for people to miss its most obvious points entirely.
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