FIVE FACTS ABOUT THAT FERRARI IN “FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF”
1. Three cars were used in the movie, and they were all replicas.
And the “Ferrari” that flew out the window to its death? It didn’t even run. Glassmoyer and Goyette built a fiberglass shell specifically for the purpose of being destroyed for that scene.
2. The replica used in the jump scene was heavily damaged during filming, but later repaired.
The “jump scene,” as it’s come to be known, caused significant damage to the replica, which was thought to have been lost. But it resurfaced fully repaired, years later, and in 2010 it was auctioned in London for $122,000.
3. Even though it wasn’t a real Ferrari, the specs of the replica were incredible.
The GT Spyder featured a 1974 302 c.i.d. Ford V-8, C-4 automatic transmission. It’s rumored that Glassmoyer and Goyette built the car with an automatic transmission because Matthew Broderick didn’t know how to drive a standard.
4. The real Ferrari 250 GT California is extremely rare.
There were only 56 of the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California ever made. Destroying what amounts to a priceless piece of automotive history would not only have cost millions of dollars, but it would have angered everyone at Ferrari in addition to car enthusiasts the world over.
5. Ferrari sued Modena Design & Development.
To make it realistic, Modena Design put Ferrari badges on their replicas. The problem? They did it without securing the rights from the automaker. Not surprisingly, a lawsuit was promptly brought against Modena Design.