Ferris Bueller’s Replica Ferrari 250 SWB California Spyder
Ferris Bueller took the day off of school 30 years ago this month and made movie history
A lot has being written about John Hughes last teen trilogy of film, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ that he wrote, produced, and directed, and 1 of the best characters in the film: Cameron’s father’s 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder.
It is one of the best cars in film history, along with Marty McFly’s DeLorean in ‘Back to the Future’ and Steve McQueen’s Mustang in ‘Bullitt’. But, the fact is that it was not a real Ferrari but a replica, the script called for a Mercedes.
Back in that time Mark Goyette and Neil Glassmoyer designed a replica of the Ferrari 250 GT SWB California, a “Modena Spyder,” in hopes that somebody would come around and buy it.
They got more than they bargained for when a line producer at Paramount Pictures saw a shot of the car, and reached out for the one they had built, and asked them to build and sell 2 more to Paramount.
Messrs Goyette and Glassmoyer agreed, they had less than 2 months to deliver the cars. They had a lot of work to do in a short window of time, they to work.
So, on schedule, 3 replica Ferraris arrived in Chicago, but 2 survived.
Here is what happened on the set of that film, as follows:
One of the 2 the studio purchased hardly worked, so that is the one that fell out the glass window and onto ground, inevitably ending up on the ceiling of the Planet Hollywood in Minneapolis.
Another, powered by a Ford (NYSE:F), sold for auction in Y 2010 for $115,110, so that leaves the 3rd, the leased one.
The Big Q: What happened to it?
According to the research Mr. Glassmoyer kept it. Call it a souvenir, but after Ferrari had enough with replice versions of their cars showing up in movies and shows like Miami Vice, Sonny Crockett’s black 1972 Ferrari Daytona Spyder 365 GTS/4 was also replica, the company brought several carmakers to court over the sale of kit Ferraris.
Messrs Glassmoyer and Goyette stopped making them. The urban legend was that the 3rd “Spyder” was just collecting dust somewhere next to a bunch of other forgotten movies props.
Years later Mr. Glassmoyer notes that the car is in concours condition and;
The 289 was replaced with a 351W bored and stroked to 427 cubic inches and dyno’d at over 500hp, a T-5 manual replaced the automatic, 13-in disc brakes were fitted, and coilovers installed in place of a torsion bar suspension. So, with 500 hp in a 2620 lb car, the speed is limited only by skill and traction.
The last of the Ferris Bueller replica Ferrari cars sold at auction for $230,000 in August 2013 in Monterey California.
Have a terrific weekend.