Iconic red sports car rolls into Allentown
You don’t have to play hooky to see America on Wheels’ latest exhibit, but it would make the experience more authentic.
That’s because the Allentown over-the-road transportation museum on Thursday welcomed the famed Ferrari replica from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” the classic 1986 comedy starring Matthew Broderick as the titular, high school-ditching teen.
The iconic vehicle, on display in the museum’s lobby through late September, was featured prominently in the film, with Bueller and his friends — Cameron and Sloane — taking it on a joy ride through the streets of Chicago to enjoy popular sites such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Sears Tower and Wrigley Field.
As Yellow’s classic “Oh Yeah” memorably plays in the background, the uptight Cameron (Alan Ruck) describes the red sports car to Ferris in the beginning of the movie.
“The 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California,” Cameron says. “Less than a hundred were made. My father spent three years restoring this car. It is his love. It is his passion.”
“It is his fault he didn’t lock the garage,” Ferris quips.
The sleek set of wheels in the slacker classic wasn’t actually a Ferrari, but rather a replica: a 1985 Modena Spyder California, built by California’s Moden Design & Development, according to a museum placard.
According to a July 2018 Esquire article, due to the fact that a Ferrari would be too costly to shoot extensively for the movie, director John Hughes used a trio of replica Ferraris.
“The filmmaker bought three Modenas — two to shoot throughout the movie, and one fiberglass shell to roll out the window at the end,” the article states.
America on Wheels, at 5 N. Front St., is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10; $8, seniors; $6, ages 6-16; and free, 5 and under. Info: 610-432-4200.