We all know rare and old Ferraris go well at auctions – after all the Prancing Horse holds the record for the biggest sum under the hammer.
But this model here has a different connection – it has been featured in the well known 1986 comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which has become a cult classic and fan favorite. Apparently John Hughes, the director, producer, and writer of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was thinking about a different car to use in the movie – a Porsche 930 Turbo (dubbed the Widowmaker). But he then learned about Modena Design – which used to build back then replicas of the Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder (11 were made, apparently). By the way, word on the street is the replica car was so damn horrific in terms of reliability Hughes regretted using it in the movie that is actually in part responsible for the huge popularity of the Prancing Horse model.
By the way, while this one is listed on Craigslist at just $145,000, a real 50 GT California Spyder was sold for $18.5 million last year. And the one in the listing is not even the one seeing in the movie but another of the replicas manufactured by the same company. It has a fiberglass body shell and a tube frame. Under the hood is no Italian thoroughbred but a 289 cu.in. (4.7-liter) Ford Windsor V8 engine linked to a manual transmission. By the way for that kind of money you can have a real Ferrari – a 430 let’s say – or start your own rental car company with ten Chevrolet Sonics.