The 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California replica from the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is one of five historically significant vehicles to be honored by the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) in a special exhibit during the month of April.

The HVA will be honoring the Ferrari replica and four other vehicles in the fourth annual Cars at the Capital Exhibit. The exhibition is thanks to a partnership between the HVA, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Historic American Engineering Record and Library of Congress archives. Vehicles will be displayed in an illuminated glass display case on the walkway between the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art facing the U.S. Capitol building on the National Mall. Each of the five vehicles will be displayed for a portion of April in the exhibit, which will also be lit at night for viewing around the clock.

Nearly every member of ‘Generation X,’ and even most millennials will instantly recognize this car from the classic American film, giving this replica a popularity that may exceed that of the original. The filmmakers knew better than to risk a genuine Ferrari California, and contacted a known replica builder Mark Goyette. Goyette provided three Ferrari replicas for use in the film. The first car was leased from Goyette and was used in most of the driving shots, including the jump scene. Afterwards, the car had some light body damage, a crushed exhaust system and some damaged suspension components. The car was repaired and has been in several private collections since. The second two cars were provided to Paramount as kits, but saw little use in the film. Car two was poorly assembled and only used in the scene where the Ferrari is wrecked after going through the window. Car three was never assembled and its whereabouts are unknown.

The Bueller Ferrari replica will be on display from March 30 to April 2. The other inductees include the 15 millionth Ford produced (a 1927 Model T), a 1984 Plymouth Voyager known as the first Chrysler minivan, the 1968 Ford Mustang fastback from the movie Bullitt and a 1918 Cadillac Type 57, known as the only surviving example from service in WWI.


See the Historic Vehicle Association website for more information.