The Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder is inextricably linked to the iconic 1980s television show Miami Vice. While the actual car driven by Detective Sonny Crockett, played by Don Johnson, was a replica built by Tom McBurnie of McBurnie Coachcraft, it became a symbol of the show's style and extravagance.
Here are some key points about the Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder in Miami Vice:
- It was a black replica with the Florida license plate ZAQ178.
- It was featured in the first two seasons and two episodes of the third season.
- The replica was based on a Corvette C3 chassis, making it significantly more affordable than a real Daytona Spyder.
- The show's producers wanted a flashy car to reflect Sonny Crockett's undercover lifestyle.
- The Daytona Spyder became an instant hit with viewers and helped to make Miami Vice a cultural phenomenon.
- While the show used two replica Ferraris, only one survived and is currently displayed at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.