Bonhams to sell Magnum P.I's Ferrari
A Ferrari driven by Tom Selleck in the hit TV show Magnum P.I is set to cruise into Scottsdale with Bonhams this week.
Magnum P.I ran for eight years, from 1980 until 1988, and featured Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a roguish private eye living on Oahu, Hawaii.
Over the years the character became famous for three main things: Selleck's superb moustache, his never-ending collection of Aloha shirts, and his bright red Ferrari.
Throughout the show's eight seasons, Magnum drove three different model Ferraris: a 1978 308 GTS during the first season, followed by a 1980 308 GTSi, and then 1984 308 GTS QV, which was used from mid-way through the fourth season to the end of the show's run in 1988.
Ferrari North America provided the show with five cars from each series, which were either used as stunt cars or 'light action' cars.
The cars used for close-ups and light driving work were maintained in pristine condition during filming, and then returned to Ferrari North America, where they were serviced, repainted, and sold to private owners.
The car on offer at Bonhams was driven by Selleck during the show's 1984 – 1985 shooting season, and then sold to its first owner in California. In 1989 it was acquired by the current vendor, who kept the Ferrari beautifully maintained for 28 years, and it now comes to auction with less than 36,000 miles on the clock.
According to Bonhams, "one could argue that this particular Ferrari 308 GTS QV is one of the most famous and iconic Ferraris of all time. This Ferrari captured the hearts of millions throughout the 1980s in living rooms across America as Tom Selleck piloted this exact car around the streets of Hawaii in the pursuit of justice."
The iconic Ferrari is now expected to fetch $150,000-$250,000 when it hits the auction block this week, as part of the company's annual sale in Arizona.
Let's hope the new owner has an equally spectacular moustache to match the man himself.
The Bonhams Scottsdale Sale takes place at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa on January 19.
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