'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.

By Jason Notte Aug 20, 2013 12:22PM

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.

Convertible (© Corbis)"It is tough, because I built it and I've lived with it for over 25 years, so I hope it'll go to someone that'll use it and really enjoy the car a lot," Neil Glassmoyer, the car's co-designer and co-builder, who has owned it for 27 years, told NBC affiliate KSBW. "A lot of movie cars are just for looks. They don't perform well at all. This car has over 500 horsepower (and a) very sophisticated chassis. It handles better than it looks, and that was the main thing I wanted to do when we were building this car."


The irony of both the car's demand and its selling price seemed just as lost on folks at the auction as the nudging joke about formerly cocaine-packed DeLoreans was to the subjects of a documentary about owners of the cars used in 1985's "Back to the Future." Cameron has a whole monologue devoted to the car's role in his relationship with his distant, withholding, car-collecting dad. The vehicle represents everything that's wrong with Cameron's family dynamic and the cherry red, chromed-out wall between him and his father.

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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Aug 20, 2013 4:56PM
And why the photo of an MG in an article about a Ferrari?  (Bloody interns...)
Aug 20, 2013 4:33PM
I wouldn't pay $235k either, but, to each his own.
The vehicle was restored from the jump scene (which was shot 9 times), not the scene where the car goes through a plate glass window (and falls to earth below).  Obviously, nothing can restore any car from that kind of fall.
Aug 21, 2013 2:32PM
They didn't use a Ferrari in the movie.  Ferrari wouldn't provide cars for the movie other than at full retail price.
Aug 21, 2013 2:26PM
I thought this car was from a dead mans estate and that it sold for 2.7 million.
Aug 20, 2013 6:07PM
We are the Borg . We have analyzed your defensive capabilities as unable to withstand us ...You will be assimilated ...Resistance is futile .

Hmm, so the owner for 25 years rebuilt it, saying how much he loved it, but seems none too sure of his craftmanship . .

Aug 21, 2013 6:49AM
$235,000.00 for a fake that was crashed through a plate glass window.  It's amazing how stupid people are.  Oh, and it you think this is a good buy simply because it was in a movie, well, then you're an idiot too. 
What kind of do uche would overpay for a rebuilt car ? Well, today we have found out. .
Aug 20, 2013 4:55PM

I'm sure that after reading this finger-waggling appraisal of the sale, the new owner forever live with regret and shame at having made this despicable purchase.  Sad really.

Aug 20, 2013 4:24PM
$235K for a replica???? No thanks. It's a cool looking replica, but it is just a replica.
Aug 20, 2013 4:32PM
Aug 20, 2013 4:53PM
The headline has 'Ferris Bueller' in quotes when it should be "Ferrari" in quotes. Someone must be a really big fan of the film because the car is just a replica. Even if it's a nice one, this thing shouldn't command more than $30k.....unless you're a big fan of course.
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