Wednesday, April 27, 2011

1982 Ferrari used in TV's Magnum P.I...

Magnum P.I. starred Tom Selleck as the Hawaii based Private Investigator, which lasted eight seasons on television from 1980 to 1988. In addition to his trademark mustache and the short shorts he wore, 'Thomas Magnum' was also infamous for driving his red Ferrari 308 around Oahu, Hawaii.

Magnum P.I.'s signature Ferrari
Magnum PI TV show 1982 FerrariMagnum PI 1982 Ferrari
This particular Ferrari 308GTSi was photographed on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum on March 31, 2011. This car was used during the 1982-1983 shooting season of the detective series and was driven by both Tom Selleck and series regular Larry Manetti (who played Orville 'Rick' Wright).

Tom Selleck as Magnum P.I.
Tom Selleck Magnum PIMagnum PI Ferrari
Apparently the Ferrari interior had to be modified to accommodate the six foot four Tom Selleck, with the seat rails being relocated and the filler material of the driver's seat bottom cushion removed.

Actual 1982 Ferrari used in Magnum P.I.
Magnum PI 1982 Ferrari interior1982 Ferrari Magnum PI TV show
If you're a fan, be sure to also check out another Ferrari used in Magnum P.I. that was on display at Universal Studios Hollywood Backlot Tour.

If you like picture cars be sure to check out these other famous cars used in the movies on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Buy the TV series: Best of the 80's: Magnum Pi

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