Car Driven by History's Most Famous Moocher Goes on the Block

car driven by historys most famous moocher goes on the block

No, not Kato Kaelin. (That’s two OJ references on one day. We’re done. – Ed.)

Mouth-watering classics hit the block at Bonhams’ Scottsdale auction house all the time, but few were ever driven by the embodiment of 1980s masculinity. Well, today’s your chance to clear out your retirement funds and make a bid on one of the most recognizable vehicles in all of TV Land.

The 1980s was far from rough for Thomas Magnum. Fit, mustachioed, and more or less recovered from the horrors of Vietnam, Magnum’s life consisted of living for free on novelist Robin Masters’ Hawaii estate, where he indulged in opulent, seaside surroundings, a wine cellar that Higgins forbid him from entering, free helicopter rides from an overly generous fellow vet, jeans, and a red Ferrari 308 GTS.

A private investigator never had it so good. Well, there were some hardships — especially in those serious episodes. Ivan never saw that bullet coming.

Yes, Magnum P.I. (1980-1988) was the perfect premise for TV audiences in the heady 1980s, and the 308 GTS proved the perfect vehicle for escaping hitmen in Ford Fairmonts. Well, one of the Ferraris used on the show — a 1984 Ferrari GTS Quattrovalvole — can now be yours. It hits the block today in Scottsdale.

The vehicle, which arrived midway through the fourth season, replaced a 1980 308 GTSi and carried Magnum through 1985.

According to Bonhams:

It is believed that there were about five cars of each series used. The cars were destined to be used for one of two distinct purposes: action shots and light action/close-ups, the latter of which were kept in pristine condition. All of the cars used on the show were provided by Ferrari North America. Once a car was no longer in service, Ferrari North America would take the car back, give it a fresh paint job and servicing, and sell it to its “first” owner.

With a detailed ownership history, a 3.0-liter DOHC V8 and just 36,000 miles on the odometer, this model carries an estimated value of $150,000 to $250,000. And yes, there’s no chance that Tom Selleck didn’t drive this car.

Unlike the Testarossa, which added to Miami Vice‘s helping of ’80s excess, the 308 GTS is arguably the last “classic” Ferrari to roll out of Maranello. Grab your Hawaiian shirt, Colt 1911, and checkbook.

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  • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Jan 20, 2017

    Sit Ubu, Sit... Good Dog Woof Thats about all i remember

  • NeilM NeilM on Jan 20, 2017

    I'm surprised that Tom Selleck could even fit into the 308. A friend of of mine has one that he bought slightly used back in the late 80's, and it's got one of those old fashioned long arms/short legs Italian car seating positions, with the steering wheel slightly horizontal and bus-like. Not comfortable at all. But damn, is it pretty!

  • Bryan Raab Davis I briefly dated an Australian fellow who was mad for Aspires; one of his better characteristics, if I’m honest.
  • ToolGuy Check out Ferrari's market cap:
  • ToolGuy • Not sure who you get when you call the "Company phone" number listed on the recall report, but confident that it ISN'T Ferrari (someone either screwed up or made a conscious exception; recall might need a recall; where is my excellence in government that all of you are funding?).• 99% of them are fine.• On later models, additionally, a message will also appear on the vehicle’s dashboard that reads as follows: “Brake fluid level low, Go to dealer slowly”. That right there is classic.• Anyway, this is what happens when you build to a price point... (ba dum tsh!)
  • Art Vandelay And what a giant pile of sh!t ths new format is. Great job guys, way to run off the last of the die hards.
  • Theflyersfan If you ever want a review on a 2022 Mazda MX-5 GT RF, I'll be more than happy to type up a few thousand words and add in some great pictures in front of Churchill Downs for y'all!In a nutshell, I agree with this review. I didn't have a chance to try the Recaro seats because the only test drive available was with another GT that someone backed out in buying so it was being used as a demo. But from what I was told, if you're larger than a 38 waist or taller than 5'10", it gets tight. But with the standard seats, and I'm 5'10" and maybe 20 pounds from the 38 waist, I fit fine. Now getting in and out with the roof up after shoulder surgery (especially leaving the surgery center with most of the right arm under a nerve block) is the total opposite of graceful!!! The look on the nurse's face when the MX-5 pulled up and I'm partially wrapped up like a mummy was priceless.I've had mine since the middle of April and have already put 6,700 miles on it, including round trips from Louisville to Chicago and the Philadelphia suburbs. Averaged 38-39 mpg at a steady 75 mph, and it wasn't a torture chamber. The metal top helped a lot. The standard seats are a bit thin on padding, and there was a bit of squirming by around hour 8 on the Philly drive, but it's possible. But even though this design was released in 2015, I still get compliments from total strangers at stoplights, carwashes, gas stations, restaurants, etc. The Soul Red Metallic paint just makes the car pop. I wish it was available with the Terra Cotta leather (the gray above is available with it), and that it didn't have the standard all in black, because it gets thermonuclear in there with the top down and the sun beating on you, but a minor quibble. But it's just fun. Pure driving fun. The best stick shift in any car today. Solid brakes, excellent handling, a sane amount of power to where you aren't going to get into anything reckless and stupid. After a 12+ hour day at work, there's nothing better than dropping the top and driving the 20 minutes home with the better than I thought it would be Bose stereo playing Moby into my ears through the headrest speakers. Mazda has already announced there will be an NE model so I can't wait for that. It'll be interesting how they will keep the weight down with the expected changes to eke more MPG out of what is already an efficient car.