One of the most iconic cars to ever grace the small screen, the 1986 Ferrari Testarossa driven by Don Johnson in Miami Vice, will be auctioned off at Mecum’s upcoming Kissimmee auction in January. That’s the plan, at least, because this exact car has gone up for sale more than once before at a Mecum auction and has yet to find a new home.
Johnson’s character in Miami Vice, Sonny Crockett, originally appeared on the show in a black Ferrari Daytona, however the Testarossa was later adopted after Ferrari expressed its displeasure for the replica Ferrari Daytonas used in the show’s filming and offered them two free black Testarossas. The cars were later repainted white so they could be seen better when shooting night scenes and the rest is history.
This particular car is serial number 63631 and is the real ‘hero’ car used in Miami Vice filming. It was originally finished in Metallic Black and comes with the Testarossa’s standard 4.9-liter 390 horsepower flat 12 engine and 5-speed manual transmission with the desired single wing mirror, a beige leather interior and power locks, windows and seats. After filming ended in 1989 it was put in storage from 1990 to 2015 when it was first put up for sale by Mecum.
A previous sale placed the value of Crockett’s old Testarossa at nearly $2M, however it’s failure to find an owner may have humbled the owner this time around. We’ll know forsure when it crosses the auction block at Mecum Kissimmee next month.