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Miami Vice Ferrari Can Be Had for the Right Price

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On: Thu, Jul 9, 2015 at 10:37AM | By: Gary P Garry

Miami Vice Ferrari Can Be Had for the Right Price

There is a handful of TV shows that ultimately defined popular culture during certain eras. I first came of age during the late 1970s, and the Charlie's Angels series was one of those shows at that time. It first aired in 1976 when I was 16, and it lasted through 1981.

In those days, there were few red-blooded American boys who didn't have an, um, interest in the show on one level or another. The ubiquitous Farrah Fawcett bathing suit poster was a common sight, and the three beauties became popular culture icons.

The sex appeal angle has worked in both directions. During those years, the men had these spectacular women to admire, but during the middle of the 1980s, the ladies got the same type of eye candy whenMiami Vicecame on the tube.

Miami Vicedebuted in 1984 and made an immediate impact both culturally and creatively. Industry types praised the innovative nature of the production. The music, the colors, the locations, and the wardrobes were all synonymous with the 1980s as they were unfolding, and the stars were adored by women young and old.

Don Johnson played an undercover Miami vice detective named Sonny Crockett, and his partner, Ricardo Tubbs, was played by Philip Michael Thomas. These guys were the epitome of cool, and cool guys drive cool cars, right?

The character played by Don Johnson drove a Ferrari, but during the early years of the show, it was not a real Ferrari, it was a replica built on a Corvette frame. Enzo Ferrari didn't like that idea, and he initiated a lawsuit, but he provided an out. He offered to donate a pair of 1986 Testarossas, and the show's producers readily accepted the offer.

By now, if you have ever read any of my articles, you probably know where I'm going with this. One of the two 1986 Testarossas that was driven by Johnson on the show is going on the auction block.

There will be a Mecum Auction in Monterey, California on August 13ththrough the 15th, and the Don Johnson/Sonny Crockett Ferrari will be among the offerings. The sleek white speed ball is powered by a 390 horsepower 12-cylinder engine, and it has just over 16,000 miles miles on the odometer. Without question, it would be something special even if it didn't have the Miami Vice connection.

For additional details, visit the Mecum Auction website, and feel free to break out your T-shirt, Armani jacket, and white linen pants.


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