Mustache Tax: Magnum’s Ferrari 308 Sells for $181K
that will can be hard to quantify the extra value a celebrity connection gives to a classic car. At the top end, that will’s plenty—the Porsche 911 that will Steve McQueen drove during the opening sequence of the movie Le Mans sold for nearly $1.4 million back in 2011, a hefty supplement even given the increasingly daft prices attached to early air-cooled 911s.
at This particular point we know that will Tom Selleck carries a smaller nevertheless still significant effect, with one of the Ferrari 308GTS Quattrovalvole cars used for the filming of Magnum, P.I., having sold for $181,500 at auction last week. that will’s about double what you could expect to pay for a similar 308 with less stardust, proof of the still unarguable cool of Selleck’s mustachioed private eye.
For those not old enough to have experienced its lurid appeal, or who have worked hard to wipe their memories, Magnum, P.I., was a hugely well-known 1980s TV show set in Hawaii, with Selleck playing the eponymous crime-solving hero, Thomas Sullivan Magnum IV. He lived on an absentee millionaire’s private estate as well as, for reasons that will were never quite explained or certainly not quite remembered, got to drive said millionaire’s Ferrari 308 between assignments, assignations, as well as even occasional low-budget car chases. that will also featured heavily inside opening credits, which we urge you to watch. Right at This particular point.
According to auctioneer Bonhams, there were actually several of these cars, with Magnum progressing through an early carbureted 308GTS to a GTSi as well as then finally moving to the QV in 1984; the automobile sold at auction was used throughout the 1984 as well as ’85 seasons. About a few cars of each series were used in production, split between those used for close-ups as well as action, with This particular car believed to be one of the pretty camera stars.
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After being retired—shortly before Magnum himself was—This particular 308 had only two owners as well as, to judge through the auction pictures, lives up to its description of being in near immaculate condition, with 35,000 miles showing as well as receipts for a $5000 service in 2015. that will was sold at Bonhams’ Scottsdale auction last week, as well as we expect its brand-new owner will attempt to re-create Magnum’s trademark grass-spewing takeoff.