We don't typically report on real estate here at Autoblog, but what we have here is no ordinary building or plot of land. This Chicago-area house was immortalized in the 1986 classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off as the childhood home of Cameron Frye, Bueller's best friend, but more importantly, as home to the (fortunately replicated) Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder that played, as much as Matthew Broderick himself, a starring role in the film.
The modernist house was designed in 1953 by A. James Speyer, who studied under architectural legend Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (who incidentally designed the gas station in Montreal where we shot a 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta some six years ago). The glass pavilion that was used as the garage where that Ferrari was showcased in the movie was added in 1974, and was used in the mid-80s for filming the movie.
Fast forward to 2009 when the house and the accompanying pavilion were put on the market, listed at $2.3 million. But with no buyers, the price began to drop: first to $1.65 million in 2011, then to $1.5 million last summer and down again to $1.3 million later last year. Now five years on the market, the house has reportedly finally sold for $1.06 million - less than half its original asking price.
The problem in selling the property - located at 370 Beech Street in Highland Park, Illinois - apparently revolved around the separation of the two structures: house and garage. Here's hoping that whoever bought it will find as fitting a use for the glass pavilion as Cameron's dad did.Permalink | Email this | Comments
We can't fathom why somebody didn't swoop up this famous house in Highland Park, Illinois, when it was first offered for sale in 2009, and again in 2011 - especially considering its role in the hit 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. But if shoppers were holding off due to the price, it's time for them to take another look: since 2009, the home on 370 Beech St. has dropped from $2.3 million to $1.65 million, and now, to $1.5 million.
The Chicago-area home, which was Ferris Bueller's friend Cameron Frye's house in the movie, has four bedrooms, glass walls, and was built by notable architect A. James Speyer in 1953. The detached garage, an add-on built in the 1970s where the owner stored his classic cars, is also where Cameron sent his dad's 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder plummeting to its death into the ravine behind it. (Don't worry, the car was actually a replica made with MG underpinnings - not one of the 55 examples ever made).
Now, with that price reduction, perhaps the future owner will have a bit of money left over to
We like car auctions well enough, but often the high-end affairs are a bit too much like outdoor museums - very beautiful and very cold, and you're not allowed to touch anything. A perfect case in point is the upcoming Mecum auction during the 2013 Pebble Beach weekend, which will feature the legendary replica Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder used in none other than Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Only three were made. The current owner spent ten years restoring this car. It is his love, it is his passion. (Well, it was before he decided to auction it, anyway.)
Actually built by Modena Design and Development in El Cajon, CA, the official name of the stunning replica is Modena Spyder California. Built up on a tube frame, with a meticulously maintained interior and powered by a 500-horsepower small block V8 the car is so choice. If you have the means, we highly recommend picking one up.
Mecum hasn't suggested a predicted auction price for the Hollywood relic as of yet, but with the perfect pedigree to pull Gen X heartstrings, and the proliferation of stupid-wealthy fourtysomethings in and around northern California, we wouldn't be surprised to see a decent value. Just don't wait on it, life moves pretty fast around Pebble Beach. If you'd like to read a full description of the car with fewer script-quotes, look, it's real simple, scroll down.Permalink | Email this | Comments
The Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder may have been introduced to the mainstream by the classic 1986 John Hughes' film Ferris Bueller's Day Off (of course, that car was a replica), but the iconic convertible has long been one of the most desirable collector cars for those in the know. With a little over 100 built, California Spyders rarely come up for sale, and when they do, they bring big money. Back in 2008, a 1961 model set a record for a car sold at auction with a $10.9 million price tag.
Those wanting to add a 250 GT California Spyder to their collection (and have the means) will have a chance later this month in Monterey, with a 1962 SWB (Short Wheel Base) model crossing the block at RM Auctions' event. One of just 37 SWB cars with the more desirable enclosed headlight design, the car is finished in Rosso Corsa paint and has a tan leather interior. Under the hood is Ferrari's legendary 3.0-liter V12, the same powerplant in the 250 GTO. RM estimates the value of the car to be in the $7.5-9 million range.
Scroll down to read the official announcement from RM, and check back in a few weeks for our complete Monterey coverage including results from the auction.Permalink | Email this | Comments