Miami Vice Ferrari set for Mecum Monterey sale



2015-07-08 09:47:29

An iconic supercar from the classic TV show Miami Vice is heading to auction with Mecum next month.

The white 1986 Ferrari Testarossa was driven on-screen by Don Johnson as Sonny Crockett during three seasons of the hit eighties cop show, which regularly drew millions of viewers and is regarded as one of the most influential TV shows of all time.

Described as "possibly the most famous Ferrari known to exist", the car will now cross the block as part of the upcoming Mecum Monterey sale in California.

During early episodes of Miami Vice, Crockett drove a replica Ferrari Daytona due to budget constraints, but one fan of the show was not happy - Enzo Ferrari. He began legal action against Universal Studios, claiming the fake Ferrari did a disservice to his company, but the studio came up with a settlement and secured two genuine Ferrari Testarossas for the show, as long as the replica was destroyed in a spectacular on-screen explosion.

The cars turned up on set in carbon black, but director Michael Mann realized they wouldn't show up properly during the show's countless 'driving at night' scenes and had them repainted in white.

Having been used extensively during the third, fourth and fifth seasons of the show, the car was then placed in storage when production finished in 1989 and spent two decades tucked away beneath a dust sheet.

Featuring a 4.9 litre, 390-horsepower flat-12 engine, a traditional five-speed manual gated shifter, beige leather, power windows, power locks, power seats, cruise control and air conditioning, the car has just 16,124 miles on the clock and has been authenticated by both Ferrari North America and Ferrari Classiche.

The Mecum Auctions Monterey Daytime Sale takes place at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on August 13-15.

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