‘Ferris Bueller’ Star Alan Ruck Says Cast Celebrated Iconic Ferrari’s Demise

by Madison Miller

In recent years, we’ve seen Alan Ruck in a number of different popular projects. That includes playing Connor Roy in the HBO series “Succession,” Mr. Bernardi in “Freaky,” Chares Rittenhouse in “Captive State,” or even Stephen Burgess in “Sierra Burgess Is a Loser.”

Despite an ever continuous career in the entertainment world, likely nothing will ever top his role in the 1986 classic comedy movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” The “Ferris Bueller” star had a role as Cameron Frye — the best friend of Ferris and Sloane that has a very unhealthy relationship with his parents.

Alan Ruck and the Classic Ferrari

In the movie, Ruck’s character is emotionally disturbed because his parents are constantly fighting around him and getting on his nerves. It isn’t until the very end of the film when Cameron destroys his father’s absolutely classic Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder that he gains back some control and confidence.

This scene has gone down in cinematic history and Alan Ruck still gets interview questions over this “Ferris Bueller” moment. He recently appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and his role in the John Hughes movie was mentioned.

Many people seem to have the same question — did the movie really have the guts to destroy such a beautiful car? Yes, yes they did. Luckily, the car in the movie was made to look much nicer than it actually was in real life.

“Everyone can relax and breathe a sigh of relief because they were all crap. They were all kit cars. We couldn’t afford a real Ferrari. It was a Mustang chassis with a fiberglass body. They were just wretched. They wouldn’t start. We did this one scene 16 times because the car would not start. We had three of them. And when we sent that one out the window, the crew cheered. They were jumping up and down,” Ruck said.

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” had a limited budget, which is part of the reason the cars were so “wretched.” It also happened to be Alan Ruck’s first big role in the movie world. That’s why they only paid him $40,000 for his iconic role alongside Matthew Broderick.

Iconic Car from ‘Ferris Bueller’

Everyone first fell in love with Alan Ruck when he stole his father’s Ferrari. That love has expanded to a number of roles now, but that Ferrari is as priceless as ever.

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” used three different replica cars for the movie. One of the replica cars managed to make it out not completely destroyed. It sold for a decent amount at an auction, despite not being a real Ferrari.

According to Automobile Magazine, one replica was sold at the 2020 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction. It was a 1985 Modena Spyder California. The car sold for $396,000, which is millions less than a real 1961 Spyder would sell for.