Video: When It Comes to Miami Vice, Do You Prefer Traditional (Daytona) or Modern (Testarossa)?

https://www.youtube.com/embed/v61tFqtzxlk

Sonny Crockett speeding down Miami's dimly lit streets behind the wheel of a Ferrari may be one of the most iconic car scenes from the '80s. But which Ferrari: the early Daytona convertible or the later Testarossa? 

Which one do you prefer? The traditional Daytona or the modern Testarossa? Whatever your preference, enjoy this Miami Vice tribute set to some bangin' synthwave.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/16/20 8:45 a.m.

Daytona. The Testarossa looks good on screen, but call me a traditionalist. And I don't care if that Ferrari was fake. Works with the storyline. 

Is it Friday night, yet? 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
7/16/20 8:50 a.m.

I'm going to have to go Testarossa on this one. Nothing cuts through the night like a pair of pop-up headlights lifting out of the hood.

 

bmw88rider (Forum Supporter)
bmw88rider (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
7/16/20 9:03 a.m.

Daytona. But that and the 288 GTO were always my favorite Ferraris. Now watching that video I'm going to have to pull up some old Maimi Vice episodes. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/16/20 9:16 a.m.

In reply to bmw88rider (Forum Supporter) :

A few years ago, we started watching them from season 1/episode 1. Lotta people getting shot in that show. Also, more than a few mesh-back, foam-front hats. 

RadBarchetta
RadBarchetta New Reader
7/16/20 9:17 a.m.

Daytona all day. 

Although I will admit that the video made shifting the Testarossa's automatic transmission into D particularly dramatic.

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 MegaDork
7/16/20 9:36 a.m.

Daytona.  And that cassette player was awesome.

nderwater
nderwater UltimaDork
7/16/20 10:52 a.m.

Never been a fan of the Daytona's styling. I prefer the Testarossa over it, but it's really the curvy 50s/60s Ferraris that I love the most.

racerdave600
racerdave600 UltraDork
7/16/20 10:58 a.m.

Daytona for sure.  A closed car, even a Testarossa, just didn't look right.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
7/16/20 11:12 a.m.

Would a not-so-factory convertible Testarossa be the best of both worlds?

Aaron_King
Aaron_King PowerDork
7/16/20 11:18 a.m.

Daytona hands down.  The other car I would love to have from 80's shows would be Hawks white 635 from Spencer for Hire.

nderwater
nderwater UltimaDork
7/16/20 12:03 p.m.

For TV Ferraris, the 308 from Magnum PI was *the business* when I was a kid.  It was almost as cool as Airwolf.

Fueled by Caffeine
Fueled by Caffeine MegaDork
7/16/20 12:22 p.m.

wasn't the daytona used on the set a replica?  Enzo was so angry by this he gave them a testerossa?

https://www.automobilemag.com/news/miami-vice-ferrari-daytona-spyder-corvette-facts/

The Ferrari on the show was a replica built on a Corvette C3 chassis by Tom McBurnie of McBurnie Coachcraft, who produced two examples. One for glamour shots and the other to take a good beating during stunts. The show used a replica because it was cheaper—and because Ferrari North America refused to supply authentic Ferraris to the show.

so technically it was a c3 corvette....

Marjorie Suddard
Marjorie Suddard General Manager
7/16/20 12:38 p.m.
Aaron_King said:

Daytona hands down.  The other car I would love to have from 80's shows would be Hawks white 635 from Spencer for Hire.

Did you say 635? This clip (and this thead celebrating '80s shows) makes me realize that bingeing "Moonlighting" needs to be a thing for me, stat:

Bruce Willis's character driving the snot out of his 635csi

[edit] bingeing "Moonlight" is not a thing because it's not streaming anywhere. I guess I'll have to follow David's lead and do "Miami Vice," maybe mix in a little "Remington Steele" to get the right flavor.

Margie

T.J.
T.J. MegaDork
7/16/20 12:47 p.m.

Daytona for sure, especially since it was really a vette, so more plausable that an undercover vice cop would have it. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/16/20 12:49 p.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

That is, um, not exactly super-beautiful. 

Snowdoggie
Snowdoggie Reader
7/16/20 1:25 p.m.

Then there was the guy in Fort Worth who spent three years restoring a real Ferrari Daytona to look like the replica used in Miami Vice... 

One of his personal favorites is a fully restored 1969 Daytona Spider, now worth about a million dollars. Complete restoration took three years. It's exactly like the black Ferrari that Don Johnson drove in the TV series Miami Vice. "It's a real special car," Hill says.

https://fwtx.com/news/features/big-boy-toys/

STM317
STM317 UberDork
7/16/20 1:40 p.m.

Testarossa for me. The side strakes are more iconic than anything about the Daytona (which is a handsome enough car, but not nearly as iconic)

Chesterfield
Chesterfield Reader
7/16/20 1:57 p.m.

The Daytona, it just seemed to fit the theme better.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
7/16/20 2:02 p.m.
Colin Wood said:
 Nothing cuts through the night like a pair of pop-up headlights lifting out of the hood.

 

Truer words have never been uttered.

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
7/16/20 3:10 p.m.

I think the Daytona is probably a cooler car, but nothing says "Greasy South Florida crime scumbag" like a white on white Testarossa. The Daytona was too classy and obscure. So, Daytonaa wins on being a cooler car, but TR wins on being most character-appropriate.

 

(Also, the 2006 movie ruled and nailed all the vehicles, too)

Rons
Rons Reader
7/16/20 3:29 p.m.

Some years ago I had dealings with a fellow who couldn't make the choice, he had a red Daytona Coupe and a red Testarossa. They both made glorious sounds headed up the hill on his way home.

T.J.
T.J. MegaDork
7/16/20 3:57 p.m.

For me, the Wellcraft Scarab was cooler than either car. High point of the show was when Glen Frey played a pilot smuggler and had a song to go with the episode. 

DWNSHFT
DWNSHFT Dork
7/16/20 6:55 p.m.

Testarossa over Daytona.  The TR is just so much more in tune with the Miami scene that Michael Mann was trying to capture.

Hawk's BMW in Spencer for Hire was originally a dark color.

At the time I really liked the whited-out BMW but I recently watched a some of the old episodes and it was >too< whited-out for me now.

 

Snowdoggie
Snowdoggie Reader
7/16/20 7:09 p.m.
T.J. said:

For me, the Wellcraft Scarab was cooler than either car. High point of the show was when Glen Frey played a pilot smuggler and had a song to go with the episode. 

Considering the show was in Miami I am surprised they didn't get something build by Don Aronow. Maybe a Donzi or a Cigarette. 

R56fanatic (Forum Supporter)
R56fanatic (Forum Supporter) New Reader
7/16/20 10:43 p.m.

Nothing says 80's cocaine crazy like a Testarossa.  Or a Countach.

Loved the long sequences in that show of cars and boats with music.

Peabody
Peabody UltimaDork
7/17/20 2:51 a.m.

Daytona, but I only ever saw one episode of that show. 

 

Aaron_King
Aaron_King PowerDork
7/17/20 8:13 a.m.

There was also Phil Collins Jalpa:

NOHOME
NOHOME MegaDork
7/17/20 8:31 a.m.

Nothing good to say about the Cheesegrater.

Contemporary road reports, if I recall, declared that the car was so wide that is was not drivable in many old European towns.

 

The  massive front overhang hints at the desperate need for dimensional enhancement that so many of the buyers were looking for.

Yeah, I don't think the TR has aged so well, whereas the Daytona is a timeless beauty (even if the subject was a replica).  

The GTO (any GTO, really), was just the business.

Purple Frog (Forum Supporter)
Purple Frog (Forum Supporter) Reader
7/17/20 10:13 a.m.

I'd vote the yellow Daytona wins in the Barbara version of the movie "A Star is Born".  And let the Testarossa win with Miami vice because it was so "80s Miami".

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/17/20 11:09 a.m.

A little off-topic, but I just googled "Miami Vice body..." and it instantly finished the sentence and served up this.

 

wspohn
wspohn Dork
7/17/20 1:10 p.m.
Colin Wood said:

I'm going to have to go Testarossa on this one. Nothing cuts through the night like a pair of pop-up headlights lifting out of the hood.

 

Spoken by a former Fiero owner?  (I used to own one and the headlights would start to get excited and rise when you got above 100 mph, without even being turned on).

Danny Shields (Forum Supporter)
Danny Shields (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
7/17/20 6:28 p.m.

Fun show!  The cars were stars, of course, but the weekly guest stars were a "who's who" of Eighties celebrities.

I always liked how two detectives could ride around town in a Ferrari, busting drug kingpins week after week and apparently none of the bad guys had ever heard about them. laugh

But I guess there is a little fantasy in all shows, and you have to take the leap of faith if you want to enjoy the show. 

On a related note, I loved Enzo in "The Art of Racing In The Rain", and had no problem with a dog sharing his perspective on the world.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/17/20 6:38 p.m.

In reply to Danny Shields (Forum Supporter) :

Well, it was pre-bad guy Facebook. But, yeah, how about keeping things on the D.L.? See also: Starsky & Hutch.

dxman92
dxman92 HalfDork
7/18/20 11:15 a.m.

I can go either way. The Daytona was a better looking cruising car but the TR looked cooler blazing thru Miami in car chases.

Indy "Nub" Guy
Indy "Nub" Guy PowerDork
7/18/20 1:18 p.m.

Daytona.

 

And that chase scene (beginning at the 1:02 mark of the posted video) with the Lambo Countach is 80's Pure Gold.

Thanks for sharing.

MotorsportsGordon
MotorsportsGordon HalfDork
7/18/20 1:49 p.m.

Daytona I like it better plus I love c3 corvettes having grown up with a 69 427 convertible.

lynhurd
lynhurd
7/19/20 10:31 a.m.

I'm a fan of the Daytona for sure.

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