By on July 8, 2015

Dubbed the “most famous Ferrari known to exist” by Mecum Auctions, the white “Miami Vice” Testarossa will hit the auction block August 13-15 in Monterey, California.

The amazingly entertaining history behind the car includes details about the Testarossa, which was repainted white, and its life after the hit ’80s show.

With just over 16,000 miles on the clock and a recent $8,000 engine-out service, a piece of American television history can be yours (probably for a lot of money).

The 1986, single-mirror special Testarossa was one of two cars delivered to Universal Studios in a deal to rid the TV show of its Corvette-turned-Ferrari-Daytona they used for the first two seasons. Also part of the deal: Kill the Daytona on screen with a Hellfire missile. Awesome.

Since 1990, the car has been in storage, according to the auction house. Its low mileage and history could be attractive for any buyer looking for a car to complement their pastel suit collection. The car’s history has been verified by Ferrari and comes with complete service history.

Last year, a 1989 Testarossa with 95 miles sold at auction for $242,000. In May, David Hasselhoff’s “Knight Rider” car, KITT, was sold for $150,000. It’s unclear where the Ferrari 328 used in an episode of “Alf” is today.

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22 Comments on “Will You Be Crockett or Tubbs Today? ‘Miami Vice’ Testarossa Up for Sale...”

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    The first 10 minutes of Wolf of Wall Street…

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    Curt in WPG

    $8000 in an engine out service on this car was probably changing the plugs. $10,000 to do the timing belt (chain?) – one of my customers has one and to call it a money pit is being polite. My brother-in-law had a 348 that he got out of before it cost him too much cash. I guess if you can afford to buy them you should be able to afford the cost to keep them running…

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    My OCD cant get past the fact that it has just ONE side mirror.

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    Dan R

    The other mirror was a $5560 option painted in the color of your choice.
    Nice car though. Looks restrained compared to the present swoopy stuff.

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    Sorry but the Testarossa is when Miami Vice jumped the shark. The Daytona was way more iconic.

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    “Also part of the deal: Kill the Daytona on screen with a Hellfire missile. Awesome.”

    Missile? Come again?

    • 0 avatar

      According to this episode guide
      the Daytona is destroyed by a Stinger missile in episode 1 of season 3.

      “After getting a call from Klizer, Kaye meets with Crockett & Tubbs who tells them they will be two stingers short. Crockett becomes irate about the shortfall, then dares to ask Kaye about the quality of the weapons, questioning whether they will even work after several years in storage. By way of a rebuttal, Kaye takes a stinger (leaving them three short now), aims it at Crockett’s Ferrari Daytona, and pulls the trigger.”

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    “…and a recent $8,000 engine-out service”

    For a Testarossa that’s just a change of oil and basic tuning, who are they targeting here? Car collectors or the tv audience of the show?…

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    It is of course easy to look back almost 30 years and giggle at Miami Vice.

    Objectively, the show was light years ahead of its time in writing, style, and story telling. It also threw the book out on the formula for successful TV programs.

    The show was dark – incredibly dark – and not The Twilight Zone fantasy dark. This was here, now, our reality, there is never a happy ending dark.

    The use of pastel colors, everywhere, and the sharp contrast between sparse, pastel offices and the opulence of the crime around them was also very purposeful.

    The use of popular music, and as a vehicle to make music popular in a show that wasn’t about the music (unlike say the Monkees or the Patridge Family) was also a first. WKRP in Cincinnati also is famous for its use of rock music, but not in the same way that it was used in Miami Vice.

    Of course the 80’s montage was alive and well, and Edward James Olmos benefited from the lack of HD to hide his surface of the moon face.

    This would be one awesome car to own – wonder what the Powerball Jackpot is tonight…

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      You almost make me feel like I need to watch the whole series! I have never seen any.

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        You should at least sample the first season. It was, to coin a phrase, a game-changer. The apocryphal story is that Brandon Tartikoff conceived of the show simply as “MTV cops”, and the first season with Michael Mann at the helm was quite remarkable in it’s shift from the old Dragnet-school of police dramas with their clear cut cast of good and bad guys. Much more complex characterization than had previously been shown. On a personal note, while the show was clearly about the fight of law enforcement against the drug world, the show always made me want to have a toke or two when I watched it.

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    Pretty sure all the episodes are free on Hulu (free as in you still have to watch commercials like regular TV).

    @APaGttH, nicely put summary of the series. The action and shoot ’em up was over the top (but hey, it’s television!) but there was more depth to it and it sure was good entertainment. I liked Crockett’s line about his football career and the “southeast Asian conference.”

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    Both Bo’s General Lee and KITT failed to sell at auction last week. We’ll see about this one.

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    thank you, thank you, thank you for this statement.

    Miami Vice defined my youth, media-wise, and I’m simply STUNNED how many people remember that show in a completely wrong way — either because their memory is playing tricks on them or because they never “got” Miami Vice in the first place.

    All the show’s elements that people seem to have remembered the most — the music, the luxury, the decadence, the cars — were just a FACADE which was juxtaposed with the human suffering, the personal tragedies, and the horrible crimes that took places before this facade, and which made this facade possible in the first place.

    This wasn’t a feel-good show about lucky and happy people driving around in Lamborghinis and dating hot women. This was a show about morally corrupt a**hole characters who paid their Lamborghini with dirty money and *raped* the women they wanted.
    And as you rightly pointed out, there was practically NEVER a happy ending to any episode. It was ambiguous or downright tragic endings all the way.

    The show was far less superficial than many people still make it out to be, and to this day, it gets way too little credit for its calculated bleakness and often stirringly tragic storylines.

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    Magnum’s 308 GTS is more famous. Sorry Sonny. No moustache wax for you!

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    It’s looking for a HEARTBEAT. Somebody to drive.

    That single mirror perched way up high like a parrot on the shoulder of a pastel pirate is a travesty.

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