The debate about whether Lamborghini or Ferrari is the preeminent Italian sports car manufacturer has been going on for decades. There are perfectly reasonable arguments for both sides. But for kids watching TV in the 1980s, the choice was clear: Ferrari. That is because the Prancing Horse appeared on two of the decade’s coolest TV shows, Magnum P.I. and Miami Vice. Well, if any of those kids grew up to be really rich, they now have a chance to purchase one of the rides they lusted over in their youth, because the 1984 Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole from Magnum P.I. is going up for auction.
The car is part of Bonhams auction in Scottsdale, Arizona taking place on January 19 and comes with a letter from Ferrari North America certifying that it was driven by Magnum P.I. star Tom Selleck during the 1984-85 season of the show. During Magnum’s run, producers maintained about five of the 308 GTS QVs. Some were used for action sequences, while others were only lightly driven and used primarily for close-ups. The model being auctioned is the latter, so it is still in very good shape.
The 308 GTS QV still has less than 36,000 miles on it. After its run on Magnum ended, Ferrari North America took possession of the car and refurbished it before selling it to a woman in northern California. The car has had only one other owner since then. The Ferrari has a 232-horsepower V8 with a 5-speed manual transmission, and the iconic Rossa Corsa red paint job is in brilliant condition.
Because of the lineage and the condition of the car, Bonhams has given it a pre-auction estimate of $150,000-$250,000.