Miami Vice is an American television crime drama series that was produced by Michael Mann for NBC. The series starred Don Johnson as James ‘Sonny’ Crockett and Philip Michael Thomas as Ricardo ‘Rico’ Tubbs, two Metro-Dade Police Department detectives working undercover in Miami. The series ran for five seasons on NBC from 1984–1989.
It is recognized as one of the most influential television series of all time.
The clothes worn on Miami Vice had a significant influence on men’s fashion. They popularised, if not invented, the ‘T-shirt under Armani jacket’-style,and popularised Italian men’s fashion in the United States.Don Johnson’s typical attire of Italian sport coat, T-shirt, white linen pants, and slip-on sock less loafers became a hit
Ferrari Daytona Spider 365 GTS/4 and the 1986 Ferrari Testarossa replica stunt
During the first two seasons and two episodes from the third season, Detective Sonny Crockett drove a black 1972 Ferrari Daytona Spyder 365 GTS/4 replica with a Florida license plate ZAQ178.Ferrari North America had turned down the request by Miami Vice for authentic Ferraris (they did the same with Magnum P.I., forcing that production to purchase 308 GTSs).
Ferrari filed a lawsuit demanding McBurnie and four others to stop producing and selling Ferrari replicas.Miami Vice producers, on the other hand, wanted no legal troubles, and accepted Ferrari’s offer of two free 1986 Testarossas on the condition that the replicas be demolished.Carl Roberts offered to build two new Daytonas for the 1987 season (third season of Miami Vice).When Roberts learned that the Daytona was out, he proposed a trade.He would build Miami Vice a Testarossa stunt car in return for the doomed Daytona
Sonny Crockett: You just got to learn to go with the heat, Rico. It’s just like life. You just gotta keep telling yourself, no matter how hot it gets, sooner or later there’s a cool breeze coming in.
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: Should I write that down?
Brenda: How do you go from this tranquility to that violence?
Sonny Crockett: I usually take the Ferrari
Sonny Crockett: The secret to success, whether it’s women or money, is knowing when to quit. I oughta know: I’m divorced and broke.
Don Johnson also designed the Scarab Excel 43 ft, Don Johnson Signature Series (DJSS), and raced a similar one. The Don Johnson Signature Series was powered by twin 650-hp Lamborghini V-12’s, which caused some problems to the design of the boat due to their size. Overall the boat cost $300,000 with each engine amounting to between $60–$70,000. His interest in boat racing eventually led Johnson to start his own offshore powerboat racing team, called Team USA. Joining him were Hollywood stars including Kurt Russell and Chuck Norris. Johnson won the Offshore World Cup in 1988 and continued racing into the 1990s.