Could You Murder For A Detective Car?

With filming of the new Miami Vice blockbuster underway, memories of Detective Sonny Crockett’s Ferrari Testarossa will come flooding back for many.

And if you have a spare £31,995 in the bank, you too could dream of Florida skies and a pet alligator with a quick flick through the classifieds according to used car database,

Cars and TV detectives go hand-in-hand, and the private ads are a goldmine of iconic motoring gems.

If Crockett’s Ferrari was a little extreme, found a Jaguar MK11, more commonly associated with Inspector Morse, nestling in the classifieds for under £9,000.

At the other end of the scale, Chief Inspector Jack Frost gained his detective spurs driving around in his trusty Ford Sierra Estate - yours for just £700. Still with the Blue Oval, the dynamic Dempsey & Makepeace duo chased villains in an Escort Cabriolet - examples of which can be snapped up for £750 according to

Cult 80s classic Hart to Hart featured the luxury and opulence of a Rolls Royce Corniche to ferry Jonathan and Jennifer Hart around. Today, a 1979 example with 130,000 miles is on the market for £16,950.

And who can forget the bright red Ferrari 308 GTS driven by Tom Selleck in Magnum PI, another 1980’s cop star, and yours for just £27,995 (1985 45,000 miles).

Although Val Kilmer played The Saint in the 1997 remake of the 60s classic driving a Volvo C70, Roger Moore took to the streets of London in the original behind the wheel of a Volvo P1800 - spotted by Cardata for just £2,999 (1973 example, 25,000 miles).

Cardata’s Top Ten Detective Classics
Detective Car Price
Miami Vice Ferrari Testarossa £31,995
Magnum PI Ferrari 308 GTS £27,995
Hart 2 Hart Rolls Royce Corniche £16,950
Inspector Morse Jaguar MKII £8,995
Midsomer Murders Rover 75 £6,300
The Saint - Val Kilmer Volvo C70 £5,995
The Saint - Roger Moore Volvo P1800 £2,999
The Professionals Ford Capri £1,200
Dempsey & Makepeace Ford Escort Convertible £750
Frost Ford Sierra Estate £700

"These cars will evoke memories of the exciting and dramatic lifestyle portrayed by our on-screen detectives," said Cardata spokesperson Andrew Sobell. "It’s unsurprising there is greater demand, and a greater price tag, for the cult shows, such as Miami Vice and Magnum, rather than Frosts Sierra or an Escort convertible.

"Unfortunately for Chief Inspector Barnaby from Midsomer Murders, his Rover 75 has plummeted in value by an incredible 36% over the last 12 months. And with nearly new and used Rovers currently flooding the market, anyone wishing to follow after one of the nations best loved detectives is ideally placed to pick up his car."

7 June 2005 Staff

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