The Cars of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
In the 1980s, there were very few movies that were better than the ones by John Hughes and many people believe that the best one was Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. If you haven’t seen it, the gem starred Matthew Broderick as the title character who just wants to enjoy a sunny day away from school. Bueller knows that he needs his friends to really enjoy the day, so he makes arrangements with Cameron Frye, played by Alan Ruck, and Sloane Peterson, played by Mia Sara. The trio ends up together and has the best day ever, while his archnemesis, Principal Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) works hard to prove that Bueller is skipping class. The antics of the kids, the principal, and Bueller’s sister, played by Jennifer Grey, are filled with many memorable automotive moments.
Alfa Romeo Alfetta
One of the best moments is when Cameron is debating whether or not to leave the house to join Bueller. Cameron’s dad owns a beautiful collection of European cars, but leaves his son with a 1982 Alfa Romeo Alfetta. Cameron complains about having a piece of junk that never wants to start, but Bueller is so jealous of the Alfa Romeo Alfetta because he does not have a car. Despite Cameron’s beliefs about his own car, many kids would have loved owning the Alfa Romeo Alfetta that looked just like a BMW.
Another memorable car was the one driven by Jeanie Bueller. Ferris was jealous of the little white 1985 Pontiac Fiero that his sister owned and he makes several references to not owning a car. One interesting tidbit about this car is that the license plate read “TBC” – which could be an homage to another great Hughes movie: The Breakfast Club.
Ferris Bueller’s dad also drove cool car: a 1985 Audi 5000. This bright red car was featured in a few scenes at the end of the film as Ferris races home (on foot) in order to beat his sister home. This car also had a personalized license plate that read “MMom” – which could be in homage to Mr. Mom, another fun Hughes movie.
The most memorable car in the Ferris Bueller movie is a replica car, but still amazing nonetheless. The 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California played a major role in the movie as Ferris convinces Cameron that they need to take the “choice” automobile on their day off. This car is one of the most iconic movie vehicles of all time. This car also has a customized license plate that read “NRVOUS.”