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Moustache news: Tom Selleck–driven Ferrari 308 to be auctioned

17 January, 2017

Magnum, P.I. fans, pack your bags and hop on the first flight to Scottsdale, Arizona — a genuine 1984 Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole that appeared on the show will go under the hammer at Bonham’s auctions on January 19 (in America). 

Certified by Ferrari North America to have been driven by Tom Selleck in all of his moustachioed ’80s glory, the auction house states this example was one of the later models used for filming in 1984 and 1985.

Throughout the series, Selleck’s famous co-star was the Ferrari 308 GTS. The first season saw him drive a carburetted 1978 308 GTS before switching to a 1980 308 GTSi the following year, which was subsequently used for the second, third, and the beginning of the fourth season.

Halfway through the fourth season, the show began using the 1984 308 GTS QV, and it served until the end of the show’s production. It is believed that five cars in total were used and served one of two purposes; either action shots, or light action and close-ups — the latter were kept in pristine condition.

The vehicles were provided by Ferrari North America, and once their run on the show was over, they were sent back to be given a fresh lick of paint, serviced, and sold to their ‘first’ owner.

Such an iconic car, particularly this example, the 308 has been maintained meticulously and remains in excellent shape. With only two owners under its belt since appearing on the show, with the second of which owning the car since 1989, it’s nearly 100-per-cent stock. The only change was to a Tubi exhaust, but includes the original piping with the sale.

A find like this won’t come cheap, however, and Bonhams estimates the car will sell for between US$150,000 and US$250,000 (NZ$210,000–350,000).

For a wealthy Magnum, P.I. fan, you can’t do much better than a Ferrari driven by Magnum himself, so it will be interesting to see just how much it fetches.

2,926cc DOHC V8 Engine
Bosch K-Jetronic Injection
232bhp at 7,000rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

Taipan – surpassing interest

“It’s merely a passing interest,” insists Selby — despite owning three variants of the classic VW Beetle, including an unusual VW van that was sold as a body kit for a Subaru. In his defence he points to a 1961 Ford Thunderbird, a car that he converted to right-hand drive. However, on the VW side of the ledger, since he opened Allison Autos in Whanganui 27 years ago, Selby has built 15 VW-powered Formula First cars, followed by a beach buggy, restored a derelict Karmann Ghia, and hot-rodded a common or garden Beetle into something that has to be seen to be believed. As speed is not something generally associated with classic VWs, though, Selby is still waiting for this particular modification to catch on amongst the hot rod faithful.

Travelling companion

It’s easy to see why the Morris Minor Traveller was one of the best-loved variants of the Morris Minor. Introduced in 1953, it was equipped with the same independent torsion bar front suspension, drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering as its saloon sibling but, with their foldable rear seat increasing versatility, many Travellers were used as trade vehicles, says Derek Goddard. Derek and Gail Goddard, the owners of this superbly restored example, have run Morris Minors since before they were married in 1974.
“Our honeymoon vehicle was a blue Morris Minor van — it was a rust bucket,” says Derek.