It would be crazy to suggest any of millennials to sit down and watch a couple of episodes of Miami Vice today. The popular show from the 80s surely comes out as downright cheezy filled with gaping plot holes and over-the-top expressions. While the series was quite suiting for its day, matching perfectly with the crazy weird hairdos and the knee high socks and that unexpected bass guitar thung in almost every song that was made, it sadly hasn’t held its age all that well as compared to the White Ferrari Testarossa that was in it. At this year’s Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, this 1986 Ferrari Testarossa for sale comes from the ownership of Universal Studios.
The story of Miami Vice and this 1986 Ferrari Testarossa is quite a unique one, something you wouldn’t imagine happened. For the first two seasons of the show, the show’s production used a convertible Ferrari Daytona kit car that was based on the Chevrolet Corvette without getting permissions from the Italian manufacturer. When Ferrari found out, they sued the production company, eventually to reach a settlement where the two fake Daytonas would be blown up and replaced by two Ferrari Testarossas. While the original cars were delivered in black, the show’s production team though it would be best to repaint them in white, as they would be more visible when filmed at night.
The Testarossa is one of the best selling Ferraris of all time, that mustered a total of more than 10,000 sale numbers between its launch in 1984 and end of production in 1996. While the 4.9-litre flat-12 mid-mounted engine remained unchanged in configuration over its 12-years lifespan, the Ferrari Testarossa was sold with model revisions like the 512TR which upped the power from the original 390hp (European) / 380hp (US) to 428hp. In its final avatar as the Ferrari Testarossa F512M the engine produced a total of 440hp power and 500Nm of torque which enabled the car to reach 100kmph (60mph) from standstill in 4.7 seconds.