Wrecked Ferrari 250 GT California From Ferris Bueller's Day Off Sells For $337,500

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It's not even a real Ferrari.

The Ferrari 250 GT California prop car used during the famous Ferris Bueller's Day Off car wreck scene just sold online for $337,500. If that wasn't shocking enough, the new owner has apparently already listed it for sale again at $506,250, which would make it the most expensive of the three replicas built for the movie.

One of the three has been sold several times, with the last transaction taking place in 2020. Known as the "hero car," it's currently on display at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan. The production referred to it as the hero car because it was equipped with a Ford Mustang V8 engine and did all the stunt driving.

But the car we're discussing today only moved a few feet backward and flew another 30 feet through the air before being smashed to bits.

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The production knew this particular car would only be used for the emotionally charged scene in which Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck) takes his rage out on the rare Ferrari 250 GT California. Thankfully no real Ferraris were hurt. The real deal is one of the rarest cars in the world and was already worth millions when the movie made its debut in 1986. These days, you can expect to pay at least $20 million if you can find one for sale. For that reason, replicas were built for use in the film.

John Hughes, the movie director, chose the car for two good reasons. First, it demonstrated Ferris Bueller's carefree attitude toward life. Who else would take a car worth millions on a joyride? The vehicle is quickly established as a symbol of joy, youth, having fun for the sake of it, and generally just getting the most out of life.

But then it takes a dark turn, and we later find out that the car symbolizes Cameron's abusive relationship with his father and must therefore be destroyed. It was a beautiful bait and switch.

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The crashed car was eventually restored to pre-crash condition, but it's nothing more than an unknown rolling chassis with a fiberglass body and a cheap-looking interior. It didn't even need an engine, as gravity did most of the work. As a collection of parts, it's maybe worth $2,000.

Its worth comes from provenance, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a cult classic. To give you some idea of just how much this movie means to some people, a piece of clothing worn by Bueller (Matthew Broderick) sold for $143,750.

We hope the new owner pays proper tribute to this car because there's only one way to display it: the owner has to build a replica of the garage, crash it in the same way, and then put it on display.

It's what Cameron Frye would have wanted.

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