CALIFORNIA - The Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder, which famously appeared in the hit Eighties film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off has remained one of the most sought-after cars for half a century. The gorgeous Ferrari is one of the most sought-after cars but will set its new owner back an estimated £10million at auction.
The gorgeous Ferrari is one of the most sought after cars but will set its new owner back an estimated £10million at auction. This vintage model is regarded as one of the prettiest convertibles ever made. Now one of the vintage Italian motors is up for grabs but is expected to set its new owner back at least £10m.
A combination of Pininfarina design, Scaglietti coachwork, the legendary 3-litre V12 engine and a soft-top roof helps the Cali Spyder tick all the boxes for a wealthy enthusiast. To people not familiar with classic cars, it is the same model that was used by charming truant Matthew Broderick in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
However the car studio bosses wrecked in the 1987 movie was actually replica, as an original California Spyder was deemed far too valuable to be used for the stunts.
Ferrari California Spyder crash scene from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. And prices continue to soar with Chris Evans famously paying a then world-record £5.5m for James Coburn's old car in 2008. They now fetch more than £10 million.
This "iconic" 1960 car, which has been owned by a Brit for the past 11 years, was the 11th of 56 short wheelbase cars and the model used by Ferrari at the 1961 Brussels Motor Show. With around 280bhp, the Ferrari is capable of 0-60mph in just six seconds, putting it on a par with a modern-day Volkswagen Golf GTI. Former owners include car enthusiast Chris Evans, who paid a then world-record £5.5m for one of the speedsters.
It has been fastidiously maintained and is also a magazine star, gracing the front cover of a recent edition the classic car bible Octane. Bonhams will be selling the Ferrari 250 SWB California Spyder its Scottsdale auction in Arizona, USA on January 19. The auction house is not revealing the car's estimate, but it is expected to sell for around the £10m mark.
"Quite possibly the most iconic mid-century Ferrari road car and certainly the most glamorous, this open-top sports car is not only universally appealing, it is also quite rare," a statement from Bonhams said.
The 11th of just 54 built, exclusivity couldn't come in a more exhilarating package. The car became a symbol of freedom when it was taken for a spin by Matthew . The car became a symbol of freedom when it was taken for a spin by Matthew Broderick's charming truant in Ferris Bueller's Day Off - although a replica was actually used in the film.
The Ferrari will be sold alongside a host of other very valuable cars at the Bonhams auction. A Jaguar E-Type is expected to fetch more than £7 million in the same sale.