What do cool cars, synthesized instrumental music, Ray Bans, undercover cops and appealing attire all have in common? They are hallmarks of the iconic American network television program, Miami Vice. Now, one of the original 1986 Ferrari Testarossas featured in the series is up for auction.
Some of you may recall that just last year, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta broke auction records by realizing a smashing $38,115,000 (£22,843,633). Don’t jump to any conclusions just yet, James ‘Sonny’ Crockett’s sleek, prancing pony isn’t expected to top Ferrari’s latest performance. However, it is estimated to auction for around $600,000 to $800,000 in California this August.
The white vehicle with tan leather seats is one of two Ferrari used in the 1980s hit program. It made its way onto the screen during the third season of the show and was originally black. The car was painted white in order to improve its appearance during night scenes. It has been in storage and off the streets since the end of Miami Vice in 1989.
The provenance of the car is exceptional. Ferrari North America and Ferrari Classic he have authenticated the car and it has received an $8,000 engine service. The winning bidder may not receive an Armani jacket and a T-shirt upon claiming the Italian prize, but it will come with the proper documents dating back to the day it was delivered to Universal Studios.
Mecam Auctionswill be featuring the car in the August 15 sale. Although the auction will not end in intense gun battle, it has the potential to evoke a bidding war to own an emblem of TV history.