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A good undercover cop needs the toys to maintain an appearance of affluence. Plus a speedy car and boat is handy no matter which side of the law you prefer. So Don Johnson's character on Miami Vice was supplied fancy cars, clothes and boats by the Miami-Dade Police Department to protect his cover.

In the first two seasons, Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) drove a Ferrari Daytona Spyder 365 GTS/4. Midnight black. Sleek.

Well, not really. It was a Corvette that had been modified with Ferrari-designed body panels and real Ferrari hardware inside.

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Now the good people at Ferrari were delighted by the brand getting so much attention, they just thought it would be SO much better if the car was actually a Ferrari. So they donated two of their very best, the Testarossa. (12 cylinders, 345 hp, 180 mph).

Originally, Ferrari North America delivered black cars but Michael Mann had them painted white for better contrast at night. The car in black can be seen in episode "When Irish Eyes Are Crying" (3.1) driven by an IRA gun. Later in the story, Sonny's black Ferrari Spyder gets blown up by the bad guys. In the next episode "Stone's War," he receives his new white Testarossa. (see pictures of the Testarossa in black.)

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The use of the Testarossa in Miami Vice was such a boon to Ferrari sales, that Enzo Ferrari gifted Don Johnson with a 1989 silver version. That car was sold by Don Johnson at auction in 2003 for $88,560. Of interest, his 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda' Convertible from “Nash Bridges” sold at the same auction for $148,500.

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Mimai Vice - Rico's car
Rico's Cadillac

Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas) drove a 1962 Cadillac Coupe DeVille Convertible
Stan Switek (Michael Talbott) drove a turquoise 1963 Ford Thunderbird
Gina Calabrese (Sandra Santiago) drove an early 1970 Mercury Cougar XR-7 convertible

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