The last Ferrari to be driven by Tom Selleck on the set of Magnum P.I. has sold at a Bonhams auction for $181,500.
You might think Magnum P.I. kept the same model of Ferrari throughout the eight-year duration of the 1980s CBS drama, but you’d be wrong. Selleck’s character drove a carbureted 1978 model year Ferrari 308 in the first season of the show before making the upgrade to a 1980 308 GTSi with fuel injection for the second season. That car was used until the end of the fourth season, at which point he switched to a 1984 308 GTSi, which was used for the last four years of the show’s production.
Following the show’s finale in 1988, Ferrari North America took possession of Magnum’s 1984 308 GTSi and repainted and serviced it. It was then sold as a demo car to its first true owner, Ms. Georgia Anne Walsh, who enjoyed it for about a year before selling it to the second owner in 1989. It found its third owner at Bonhams’ Scottsdale Auction on January 19th 2017, which is rather inexpensive for what is potentially one of the most famous TV Ferraris of all time. We’d be surprised if that purchase doesn’t turn out to be a strong investment the next time it’s sold; after all, it’s rare for your everyday Ferrari to drop in price, let alone one that is one of the most famous TV cars ever.