Ferrari
Testarossa - 512 TR - F512 M
Miami Vice

One of the things that made the Testarossa so famous, was the appearance in the well known TV series Miami Vice, in which Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and his partner Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas) tried to solve some crimes in Miami, Florida. For a long time, they were driving in a 365 GTS/4 "Daytona" replica, but when this car was blown away, Sonny Crockett got a new car. Ferrari North America (FNA) got a little miffed that the fakos were getting so much attention, so they decided to supply TWO real Ferrari Testarossas, painted in black. When they didnít show up well in the night scenes, they were repainted white.

Besides the two real cars, they used a replica for the stunts. This car was built by Roberts Motor Company, a company specialized in safety-oriented stunt cars for the movie industries. They bought a 1972 DeTomaso Pantera - a perfect car with 12000 miles on the odo and a value of $30,000 - and chopped it apart. The car was fitted with fiberglass panels made by Roberts (incl. a one-piece nose) and panels from a real but wrecked Testarossa. The chassis was modified and more important, the car was fitted with a 351cu Cleveland Ford engine, including a nitrous oxide system, producing 400 HP. In later episodes, they might have used a 420cu engine with nitrous, producing near 600 HP. As a "final touch" the car was also fitted with a second brake pedal, for only the rear brakes. For more details, see the magazine "Popular Mechanics", July 1987.