Miami Vice’s 1986 Ferrari Testarossa hero car sold for $151,800

Article by Christian A., on February 1, 2017

Ferrari Testarossa is considered by many to be a hero car. This is mostly because of the appearance of Ferrari sports car in one of the most iconic TV shows in the 1980s -- Miami Vice. Successor to the Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer, the Testarossa rose to fame thanks to it being the hero car of the American TV crime drama series, driven by main protagonist James “Sonny” Crockett. Thus, it wouldn’t be a surprise if there are still many people looking to own a Ferrari Testarossa.

Now, here is their big chance. A 1986 Ferrari Testarossa was sold at an auction being organized by Barrett Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona with lot number 1426. The auction was scheduled to begin on January 14 and ended on January 22, 2017. But be informed that this is not just a Ferrari Testarossa that looks just like the Miami Vice car. Actually, it is one of two Ferrari Testarossa examples that had been used in the Miami Vice series and had been sold for $151,800.

There were some hullabaloos before the Testarossa became Crockett’s personal ride. In the first two seasons of the drama series, Crockett’s hero car was a black 1972 Ferrari Daytona Spyder 365 GTS/4. However, this was only a replica kit -- produced by McBurnie Coachcraft -- built on the chassis of the Chevrolet Corvette C3. Ferrari filed a case against McBurnie and the producers of the crime drama show but a settlement was reached later on. Part of the settlement was to blow up the Ferrari Daytona replica in the premiere episode of the third season of Miami.

Then Ferrari donated two black 1986 Testarossa examples to Miami Vice. These Testarossas were then repainted with white exterior to make it more visible at night. From then on, the Ferrari Testarossa became Crockett’s new ride. After the crime drama series ended in 1989, the Testarossa in auction was then retired and placed in storage from 1990 to 2015. It was placed for sale on eBay in 2014 and was part of the Mecum Daytime Auction in Monterey, California in 2015.

Now, Ferrari Testarossa Miami Vice Car -- still in good condition -- is once again being offered in an auction. Logging a total of 16,500 miles on the odometer, this Ferrari Testarossa Miami Vice Car is powered by a 4.9-liter V2 engine that provides 390 hp and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. It features a beige leather interior, air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, locks and seats.

The Ferrari Testarossa Miami Vice Car is authenticated by Ferrari North America and Ferrari Classiche and has service records from Shelton Ferrari in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It comes with a copy of the original title from Universal Studios as well as a Letter from Ferrari North America. Moreover, the Ferrari Testarossa comes with Miami Vice Universal Studios bumper plaque and City of Miami Windshield Permit.

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