I opened my new Car and Driver today to find something both tantalizing and disturbing. Pictured on page 29 were the first official pictures of Ferrari's next dream offering, an updating of the classic 250 GT California. The C/D curmudgeons predictably panned its styling, but I have to say it's the best looking new Ferrari since the 360 Modena -- everything past the rear wheels looks too much like a Lexus SC 430, but the rest of the car is a stunning tribute to the original California.
I'm getting to the movie aspect of this post -- if the name 250 GT California doesn't ring a bell for you, maybe this will:
Yes, the "gemballa" sports car that was the central prop in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Because there wouldn't have been a remake of The Italian Job without the neo-retro Mini Coopers making their entrance, could this have the same effect on the John Hughes comedy? Actually, I would predict sequel before remake, and I've had this idea in my head for awhile: it's the same plot as the original, except Ferris is grown up and he has to take a day off from his dead-end job, without his wife and kids (or boss) finding out. Of course he needs Cameron's help, and with his dad's inheritance he just purchased ... a new Ferrari California! It practically writes itself.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Filed Under Casual whimsy