You Just Missed Your Chance To Crash A Ferrari Through The House From ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’

We’re a bit perplexed by the news that the modernist glass palace that served as the garage for Cameron’s father’s awesome car collection in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off took several years to sell, because that seems like the sort of thing that someone who was of high school age in 1986 and is now an incredibly rich person would clamor to own. Incredibly rich person we do not know, you missed your chance, as the house finally sold for a cool $1.06 million, which is hella less than the people that owned it wanted.

The deal brought to a close a more than five-year-long sales odyssey for the 5,300-square-foot house and its iconic, detached, glass-enclosed auto pavilion, which perches over a ravine on steel pilings. Since May 2009, the Rose family — the home’s only owners — had had the property on and off the market.

The final sale price was for less than half of the $2.3 million that the Rose family initially had sought for the property in May 2009. It later was reduced to $1.8 million and then to $1.65 million […] In August the Rose family relisted the property for $1.5 million and later cut its asking price to $1.375 million, $1.275 million and $1.25 million before finally going under contract in January.

Turns out the fancy schmancy garage wasn’t actually a part of the house that was repurposed as a garage for the car collection in the movie. It was actually built as an add-on to the existing house back in the 1970s, and it is not a garage, it is an auto pavilion that has its own kitchen and bathroom. In other words, the auto pavilion is nicer than your home.

We wonder how much John Hughes had to pay to rebuild it after the infamous Ferrari crash scene.

Apparently John Hughes’s biggest fear was that the glass palace would actually stop the car from sailing out the window, but as you know from one million watchings of this film, that puppy flew.

The scene took nine takes, however, and trashed the suspension on two different replica versions of the car. Oh, and you probably missed your chance to buy that car as well, as it went up for auction last year.

Your teenage years are for sale, forty-somethings. How does it feel?

[Chicago Tribune]

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  • ShiftyParadigm

    Should have buried a statue of St. Joseph in the front yard. That place would have sold in a fortnight.

  • Respiteini

    My teenage years have been dead and buried since Burger King used “Melt With You” in a commercial. Fight the power, &cetera.

  • glasspusher

    Crash all the cars you want, Ferris, nothing will compare to how Ally Sheedy looked in Wargames. Fappity fap fap.

  • hvdv

    “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” stinks to high heavens. A truant who, ehhh, goes to a museum and a German Day Parade? That’s a truant Rick Santorum would approve of. (Frankly, all John Hughes movies were odes to conformity. Yay, Reagan era, and danke schoen.) OH! I almost forgot the unforgivable crime of unleashing Ben Stein on the general public! Oh, John Hughes, so much to answer for.

  • It’s not that our memories are up for sale that bothers me, it’s the bargain basement prices they are going for. Enjoy.