This is your chance to be detective Sonny Crocket!

Actual Ferrari Testarossa used in hit TV show Miami Vice to go under the hammer
January 04, 2017

There are countless cars that have attained cult status from being featured either on the big screen or television. The DeLorean DMC-12 springs to mind from Back to the Future as does the Trans Am from Knight Rider and fans all over the world have customised their cars to look like those that Michael J Fox and David Hasselhoff drove. However, it’s a little rarer to find the actual cars from famous TV shows going under the hammer, but they do – however this Ferrari Testarossa that Don Johnson (aka Sonny Crocket) used in Miami Vice is up for grabs for the fifth time in two years…

Last seen on the block at Mecum Auctions in 2016, here’s your chance, again, to bid on the 1986 model. Used in the third, fourth and fifth seasons of the show, the supercar – which has been in storage since 1989 and did not emerge until 2014 - was originally painted black when Maranello delivered it (and two others) to the producers of the hit show. But, it and the others were painted white so they would show up better when filming scenes at night. Originally, the show made do with a Daytona Spyder replica (it was built on a Corvette chassis) until the Testarossa arrived.

Powered by a 4.9-litre flat-12, it made 390 horsepower and was mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Some of the other highlights include a beige leather interior, cruise control, power seats and AC. Now, Barrett-Jackson will be auctioning the iconic car, which just has 16,500 miles (26,500km) on the clock (this has been authenticated by Ferrari Classiche) at no reserve. It’ll fetch a princely sum even without the Miami Vice connection – that is if it finally sells; it first came up on eBay in December 2014, then in March 2015. It then ended up at two Mecum auctions – one in August 2015 and then in January 2016 without much success. Let’s hope it finally finds a happy home when it crosses the block at the Scottsdale auction next month.