Iconic red sports car rolls into Al­len­town

The Morning Call - - GO PICKS - — Ryan Kneller

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.


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