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From the motion picture 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' 1985 Modena Spyder California Chassis no. CA395186 Engine no. 395186

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From the motion picture 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off',1985 Modena Spyder California
Chassis no. CA395186 Engine no. 395186

From the motion picture 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'
1985 Modena Spyder California
Chassis no. CA395186
Engine no. 395186


This convincing replica of the Ferrari 250GT Spyder California was commissioned and built for the 1986 Paramount Productions motion picture Ferris Bueller's Day Off, starring Matthew Broderick as the eponymous high-school slacker. When Ferris decides to cut school one day, his friends go with him; the father of one of them owns a Spyder California. You can guess the rest... Only 100-or-so Spyder Californias were made between 1958 and 1963. Genuine examples are rare, jealously guarded and worth a veritable king's ransom, so it is perhaps understandable why Paramount chose to use a replica a rather than the real thing.
Sleekly styled by Pinin Farina, its classic lines combining elegance with aggression in equal measure, the Spyder California ranks alongside the Lusso as the ultimate expression of the Ferrari 250GT family. The Spyder California was directly descended from the 'Tour de France' competizione model and was powered by the same Colombo-designed 3.0-litre V12 engine producing anywhere between 240 and 280bhp. Despite a name suggesting that its forte was gentle boulevard cruising, the Spyder California was a highly capable competition machine in its own right, as was demonstrated by Ginther/Hively winning their class at the Sebring 12 Hours in March 1958 on their way to finishing 9th overall, and Grossman/Tavano finishing 5th overall at Le Mans in June.
The first production Modena Spyder California, this car was manufactured by Modena Design & Development, of El Cajon, California using a bespoke multi-tube spaceframe chassis - of the same 102.3" wheelbase as the LWB Spyder California - featuring independent front suspension, live rear axle and disc/drum front/rear brakes. The glassfibre body incorporates a steel cowl brace, steel door inners and steel boot lid, while motive power is provided by a Ford 289ci (4.7-litre) V8 engine coupled to automatic transmission. Supporting documentation includes Modena Design & Development's letter of authentication and technical specification sheet, and the car also comes with restoration invoices, and Swansea V5. Offered for sale by a Ferrari collector, it benefits from a recent re-spray and service, and is reported as 'ready to drive'. A most convincing Spyder California replica at a fraction of the cost of the real thing.

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This car does not come with a V5 Registration Document. All import taxes have been paid.

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