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Ferris Bueller's iconic Ferrari up for bid

April 19 auction in the U.K.
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A real Ferrari 250GT Spyder California would have been too
expensive to use in the movie, so this replica was created.

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A replica of the Ferrari 250GT Spyder California specially created for the 1986 Paramount hit film ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ is to be sold at Bonhams Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia auction April 19 at the RAF Museum, Hendon, UK.

Only around one hundred genuine 250GT Spyder California’s were created by Ferrari between 1958 and 1963. Existing examples are very rare and expensive so Paramount chose to commission and build a replica for filming purposes. The film follows Ferris and two of his friends as they skip high school for a day and borrow the Spyder California from one of their fathers. A young Matthew Broderick stars as Ferris.

Styled by Pininfarina, the classic lines of the car combine elegance and aggression, and it ranks alongside the Lusso as the ultimate expression of the Ferrari 250GT family. It was also a highly capable competition machine, as was demonstrated by Ginther/Hively winning their class at the Sebring 12 Hours in March 1958 on their way to finishing 9th overall, and Grossman/Tavano finishing 5th overall at Le Mans in June.

The car is estimated in this auction at £30,000-40,000 ($44,900-$59,900 USD)

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