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The National Historic Vehicle Register was created in 2013 in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Historic American Engineering Record. The Register is a thorough record of the nation’s most significant vehicles based on the association of four criterion at a national, regional or local level. Archived in the Historic American Engineering Record at the Library of Congress to ensure the perpetuity of our automotive past, the Register is comprised of four major components:

  • written histories detailing significant provenance and condition
  • detailed photography
  • 3D scanning
  • documentary videos


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Current Featured Vehicle: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off “Ferrari”-1985 Modena Spyder California
Added to the National Historic Vehicle Register: 2018

This car appeared in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, starring Matthew Broderick. When a genuine Ferrari 250 GT California proved too expensive, writer-director John Hughes arranged for three replicas from Modena Design & Development. This one was used for wide shots and for a memorable scene in which two parking garage attendants jump the car through the air.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off “Ferrari” - 1985 Modena Spyder California

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off “Ferrari” - 1985 Modena Spyder California

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off “Ferrari” - 1985 Modena Spyder California