The 1985 Modena Spyder California featured prominently in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is on display through the 2nd of April as part of the 2018 Cars at the Capital.
It’s a story that sounds as though it were ripped from the pages of fiction or the basis for a harrowing World War II drama directed by Steven Spielberg. The remarkable story of Helene Rother is far from fictional, however, despite bordering on the fantastic.
In honor of the 15-Millionth Ford being on display from April 3-9 on the National Mall as part of this year’s Cars at the Capital, we take a look at a few other heavy-hitters and break it down by the numbers.
Steve McQueen’s Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang GT fastback vanished 38 years ago. The ominous-looking pony car with the barking 390-cubic-inch V-8, which starred in one of the greatest chase scenes in movie history in the film Bullitt—with McQueen doing the driving in many of the shots—may have been lost, but it was never forgotten.
Fourth Annual Historic Vehicle Association Cars at the Capital Exhibition March 30 – April 30, 2018 | National Mall in Washington, DC
At the time of its release in November 1983, much was made of the Plymouth Voyager. It was seen as a revolutionary new vehicle that would change the American consumer market and help save a flagging corporation. And while much of this was true, it was not the first “mini” van. It was, however, the first most commercially successful, arriving in the right place at the right time to truly take off. In honor of those that came before it, we take a look back at some of the precursors to the latest addition to the National Historic Vehicle Register.
Created for the iconic 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, in which the titular character skips school, kidnaps his best friends Cameron Frye and Sloane Peterson, borrows Cameron’s dad’s beloved “Ferrari” and makes a day of it in the city of Chicago, the 1985 Modena Spyder California is not what it was made to appear.
This will be the fourth annual Cars at the Capital display, and this year it will stretch throughout the month of April, with five vehicles taking their turns being displayed in a glass garage that will be lit at night for round-the-clock viewing by Mall visitors.
It’s Showtime! Ferris Bueller’s “Ferrari” From 1986 Movie Leads All-Star Cast For National Honors In Washington D.C.
Expanded Exhibition Celebrates Broad Spectrum of American Automotive History