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The star of the ‘80s-era television series “Miami Vice” is coming to the
Mecum Daytime Auction in Monterey this Aug. 13-15. No, not Sonny
Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs—the flashy detectives played by Don Johnson
and Philip Michael Thomas who fought episode-after-episode against the
seedy underworld of Miami—but their 1986 Ferrari Testarossa. This iconic
supercar with its signature side strakes was one of the quintessential poster
cars that found itself plastered on many a teenager’s bedroom wall in the
1980s, and it will now be offered for sale at the Hyatt Regency Monterey
Hotel and Spa – Del Monte Golf Course this Aug. 15.
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It was rumored that Enzo Ferrari himself proposed that the Ferrari factory
could supply two black Testarossas for use on the show. From that day
forward, it was this Testarossa that became the show’s signature car. The
only significant change came when the Ferrari was repainted white at the
behest of Director Michael Mann for better visibility in night scenes. This
Testarossa quickly moved into cult status along with other series props
such as Ray Ban sunglasses, Armani jackets, Scarab speedboats and
enough firearms for a small army.
The Testarossa sports a 4.9 liter, 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. After “Miami
Vice” ended its series run in 1989 the car was placed into storage until
earlier this year.
Now showing 16,124 miles and authenticated by both Ferrari North America
and Ferrari Classiche, with documented service records from Shelton Ferrari
in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this exotic recently received an engine-out service
at a cost of $8,000. The sun may have set on Crockett and Tubbs, but the
“Miami Vice” Testarossa remains an enduring icon.
To view the “Miami Vice” Ferrari Testarossa or to register as a bidder, visit
Mecum.com. Bidder registration is $100 and can be completed in advance
online or on-site at the auction. The Mecum Daytime Auction in Monterey is
open to buyers, sellers and spectators with general admission tickets
available at the gate for $25; children 12 and younger are admitted free of
charge. Portions of the auction will be broadcast live on NBC Sports
Network with a stream of the entire event presented on Mecum’s website.
The Daytime Auction – Mecum Monterey 2015
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa
Del Monte Golf Course
1 Old Golf Course Rd.
Monterey, CA 93940
August 13-15, 2015
$25 per person, per day; children 12 and younger receive complimentary
Gates open daily at 8 a.m.
Vehicles begin Thursday at 10 a.m. and Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m.
Road Art will be offered daily 30 minutes prior to the vehicles