One of the Modena GT Spyders used in the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is up for sale. You might remember the introduction Cameron Frye gave for this collectible: “The 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California. Less than 100 were made. My father spent three years restoring this car. It is his love. It is his passion.” Bueller’s response should strike a note of warning for the next owner of this car: “It’s his fault he didn’t lock the garage.”
The cars used in the film weren’t actually Ferraris, but Modena GT Spyder Californias built by Modena Design and Development in El Cajon, California. But that doesn’t mean these cars aren’t a match for any Ferrari. The Spyders have a high performance 5.0 liter V8 engine with aluminum heads and roller rockers. Four downdraft Weber carburetors were also added. A five-speed transmission propels the car, while coil over shocks and a four-wheel independent suspension give a smooth ride. The chassis is a rectangular steel-tube frame design built by Bob Webb. Elements of Ferraris are present, such as the windshield, turn signals, grille, hood scoops, fender vents, and the custom fiberglass body. It’s no wonder Modena was inducted into the Smithsonian Historical Vehicle Association Hall of Fame in April 2018 as the 22nd inductee.
The car comes with memorabilia from the movie, but don’t worry, this isn’t the car that was kicked out of the garage and into a ravine.