Miami Vice Ferrari Testarossa goes under the hammer

The iconic white Ferrari Testarossa used in television show Miami Vice is going up for auction.

It might have been one of the most legendary cars to feature on television in the 1980s, but the sports car has recently struggled to find a new home.
It was put up for sale in 2014 and 2015, but no buyer could be found. To make it third time lucky, the car will be at Barrett Jackson's Scottsdale auction in Arizona with no reserve.

In the first two series of Miami Vice, the main character James 'Sonny' Crockett drove a convertible Ferrari Daytona. It was a kit car based on a Chevrolet Corvette, but the production company didn't seek permission from the Italian manufacturer to use its car's likeness and was sued.

Miami Vice Ferrari Testarossa goes under the hammer
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Miami Vice Ferrari Testarossa goes under the hammer

As part of the settlement, the company agreed to blow up the fake Daytona and use two Testarossas supplied by Ferrari. They were delivered in black but were repainted white to make them stand out when filmed at night.

The car going up for auction is a 1986 model with a single wing mirror, which was delivered new to the Miami Vice set. The 4.9-litre flat-12 engine is listed as having completed 16,500 miles, having been in storage between 1990 – the year after Miami Vice ended – and 2015.

The beige leather interior appears to be in good condition, and it comes with a number of creature comforts including power windows, cruise control and air conditioning.

There's also a letter of authentication from Ferrari and a copy of the original ownership title from Universal Studios.

There is no guide price, but it was listed at $1.75 million (£1.4m) when it failed to sell in 2014. The Scottsdale auction takes place from January 14 to 22.
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