Ferris Bueller's Car: The Fictitious Character's Car Sells for a Very Real Price

By on September 11, 2013 in ArticlesCelebrity Cars

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Like Kitt and "Knight Rider", or the Dodge Viper used in the show, "Viper", some cars become almost as famous as the films or movies in which they appear.  For the most part, the vehicles that earn this distinction are used in action projects, like the Bond films.  However, occasionally, a car becomes iconic not because of its bells and whistles, but because of what it represents to the characters in the film and the audience watching.  Such is the case with the replica Ferrari California Spyder that was used in the film, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" starring Matthew Broderick.  Since buying a real 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder would have set the film's budget back more than $300,000, a very "life-like" replica was built for $25,000.  The car drove into legend as the vehicle Ferris played hooky in throughout the move, ferrying his girlfriend Sloane around, and speaking to the viewer about life and the pursuit of happiness.

Now, nearly 30 years later, the car has been sold to a Calgary-based car collector.  The vehicle has been outfitted with a 427 cubic inch Ford V8 engine that produces 500 hp.  Over the years, additional work has been done to the car to make it look more like a real Spyder.  It's actually in better condition now, than it was when it was first built.  The collector, who calls this car his "favorite", paid $230,000 for it – nine times what it cost to actually build it.  Apparently, nostalgia can be quite expensive.

CULVER CITY, CA – JUNE 09: Actor Matthew Broderick speaks onstage at the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Morgan Freeman held at Sony Pictures Studios on June 9, 2011 in Culver City, California. The AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Morgan Freeman will premiere on TV Land on Saturday, June 19 at 9PM ET/PST. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)
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