Last-minute gift idea: 'Miami Vice' Ferrari on eBay for $1.75 million

Wed Dec 24, 2014 3:33pm EST
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By Zachary Fagenson

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - Procrastinating holiday shoppers can now grab one of Miami’s most iconic two-seaters: the all-white 1986 Ferrari Testarossa driven by TV cops "Sonny" Crockett and Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs in the hit 1980s series "Miami Vice."

The car is available on eBay through Jan. 7 and is being offered for $1.75 million by a south Florida pawn and auto loan company. It acquired the car in 2012 from the person who purchased it from the series producer, a department of Universal Studios, in 1991, according to Auto Pawn Plus owner Peter Lima.

“This has been in a garage, hidden for almost 30 years,” he said.

Ferrari could not be reached to confirm the car’s authenticity.

The vehicle has done 16,000 miles (25,750 km) and has the built-in Motorola phone used in the show, Lima said.

Throughout the series, which aired on NBC for five seasons from 1984 to 1989, producers used a number of cars, including a replica Ferrari for flashy shots cruising down Miami’s sun-soaked, palm tree-lined streets. However when Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari discovered the show was using a replica he demanded Universal use authentic cars, according to Lima.

Producers acquired two black 12-cylinder Testarossas that were later repainted white, according to work receipts.

The other car is owned by a south Florida collector who has it on display in a flea market.   Continued...

A white Ferrari Testarossa is seen in Miami, Florida, in this December 17, 2014, handout photo provided by Auto Pawn Plus.   REUTERS/Auto Pawn Plus/Handout