Ferris Bueller’s Iconic “Day Off” Turns 32

John Hughes’ feel-good film about a teen faking an illness in order to skip school and spend a carefree day exploring Chicago in a “borrowed” Ferrari turns 32 this year.

Starring Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, and Mia Sara, the film remains a beloved classic. Chicago even celebrated the movie’s 30th anniversary with a three-day Ferris Fest that recreated events from the film.

Here are some fun facts about the infamous Ferrari used in the film:

● Hughes’ original script called for a Mercedes but went with a replica of a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT instead and used a real Ferrari for close-ups.
● It took four weeks to build the replica cars.
● They were powered by a 1963 289 ci V8, which was good for 195 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
● The chassis of the models was a rectangular steel tube frame that came from Indy car maker Bob Webb.
● Matthew Broderick couldn’t drive a stick shift, so one of the replicas had an automatic transmission just so he was able to drive it.
● Alan Ruck, who played Cameron, told the media that the model cars were “universally hated by the crew because they didn’t work right.” The scene in which Ferris hands over the car to the garage attendant who ultimately takes it for a joyride had to be shot more than a dozen times because the model wouldn’t start.
● One restored replica car sold for $235,000 at auction in 2013.


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