Ferris Bueller's Ferrari replica to auction in August

Mecum Auctions' Monterey summer sale (August 15-17) is to feature the Ferrari repli-car used in the 1986 cult American comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Although estimates have not yet been made public, it is thought that the Modeyna-designed replica Ferrari 250 GT Spyder could achieve in excess of $100,000.

The sports car played a pivotal role in the popular coming-of-age movie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, during which Ferris Bueller (played by actor Matthew Broderick) decides to skip school and go to Chicago.

At the film's outset, Ferris convinces his friend Cameron to borrow his father's 1961 GT California for the day…chaos inevitably ensues.

The repli-car was created by Neil Glassmoyer and Mark Goyett, who worked under the title Modena Design and Development.

"[The studio] gave us four weeks to build the movie cars. I always say we built two and a half cars; two were interchangeably used as hero and stunt cars and one was a rolling fibreglass shell that was used in the destruction scene," Glassmoyer recalls. 

"This car was actually intended for the stunt work, but both saw action, and both wound up with broken front suspension bolts because the big jump scene took nine takes between the two cars."

Ferris Bueller car auction
Ferris Bueller's wheels are to cross the block during Mecum Auctions' summer sale (August 15-17)

One of the repli-cars auctioned at Bonhams in 2010 for £79,600 ($122,999).

According to Mecum Auctions, the repli-car is based on the prototype Spyder California design by Scaglietti.

"The Modena incorporated the original's steeply raked windshield, inset front turn signals, deep horizontal front grille, prominent hood scoop, front fender vents and sweeping profile".

The hand-built car, which boasts Scorching Red paint work, remains one of the most iconic movie-cars of the 1980s. Over the preceding decade is has been lovingly restored by Glassmoyer, from whose collection it is offered.

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