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The Story Behind the 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder in Miami Vice

It wasn’t a real Ferrari, but it still looked badass and survived two seasons on the show. In 1984, new wave music reached its peak, the Guinness World Records confirmed Michael Jackson’s Thriller as the best-selling album of all time, Apple introduced the personal computer, and Maxx Steele Robots filled the store shelves. That same year on September 16, 1984, NBC aired the first episode of Miami Vice and brought us the blazer-wearing detectives that went after the most notorious criminals in style. Starring detective James “Sonny” Crockett (Don Johnson) and his partner Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas), the show fused fashion, cars, new wave music, and guns to deliver a show that would become an icon.

The 1980s crime drama featured two sharply dressed men as undercover detectives working the drug-ridden streets of Miami. On detective salaries, they somehow dressed better than most guys, and patrolled the streets in a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder and a 1964 Cadillac Coupe Deville convertible. Despite the cool cars, bitchin’ music, and stylish clothes, Miami Vice had its highest and best ratings during its second season (1985-1986) and steadily went downhill after that… read more >

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