Miami Vice Ferrari Testarossa For Sale
By James Grahame
The Ferrari Testarossa is a ridiculous car from a ridiculous era. And now the most ridiculous example of the species could be yours. This 1986 beast driven by Crockett & Tubbs originally sold for $85,000 and was placed in storage following the merciful cancellation of Miami Vice in 1989. It has 16,124 miles on the odometer and recently received an engine-out service at a cost of $8,000.
Brand new, the Testarossa developed 390 bhp from a 4.9 L twelve-cylinder power plant mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. It comes with all the mod cons you'd expect in 1986 -- a built-in car phone, beige leather, power windows and locks, cruise control and air conditioning.
Here's a sobering thought. Had you invested the $85,000 instead and received the S&P 500 index return of 10.055% for the last 30 years, you'd have a cool $1,503,558.51 in your brokerage account. Enough to buy six shiny new Ferrari 458s.
The Miami Vice car will be auctioned on August 15th, 2015 (my birthday, conveniently) at Mecum's Daytime Auction in Monterey, California. And, yes, it has been authenticated by Ferrari North America and Ferrari Classiche. Pastel Armani suits not included.
1986 Ferrari Testarossa from Miami Vice up for auction [World Car Fans, via Robin Lee]